Men's Crew Breaks Another RecordBy Brad Lichtenstein
Once again, the men's varsity heavyweight crew brought home gold and silver medals, this time from Saturday's New Hampshire Championship Regatta. The Engineers won first and second in both events they entered, setting course records in each.
In the open four event, the varsity four rowed through every other boat but the MIT graduate boat, whom they caught up with and held for the last mile, in the process smashing the old course record by a full 2:40. The varsity four was rowed by Jed Macosko '94, Nate Crosswhite '95, Brad Lichtenstein '95, John Prato '95, and coxswain Conan Hom '95. Said Hom, "The boat was functioning as a crew; that is, as a perfect team. If we perform as well or even better, we will do very well in the Head of the Charles next Sunday."
Winning times were: first, MIT varsity four, 19:26; second, MIT grad four, 19:42; and third, Colby College, 21:05.
Later, the open eights event was swept by the two varsity eights. MIT's first eight won the gold and set the course record back 26 seconds. "Even so, having started second and quickly passing the boat in front of us, we didn't feel very pressured," said Goard Abel. "Had there been somebody really pushing us, we could've been much faster."
The first eight was rowed by Bill Ramsey '93, Jeff Tomasi '95, Geoff Parker G, Kevin Corgan '93 (captain), Loren Theiss '94, Steve Britten '94, Guillermo Peschard '94, Godard Abel '93, and coxswain Neeraj Gupta '94. The second eight was rowed by Eric Martin '94, Hans Liemke '94, Dan Dunn '94, Jeff Dickerson '94, John Singer '95, Mike Schlosser '95, John McMaster '93, Matt Drake '94, and coxswain Peter Yao '95.
Winning times were: first, MIT A, 17:14.5; second, MIT B, 18:54.8; and third, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, 19:01.4.
MIT crew's next regatta is Sunday's Head of the Charles. Team psyche is up, and there is a very good chance MIT will medal in or win both the club fours and club eights division. Come out that morning and witness America's largest rowing regatta.