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Crew Crushes University of Miami

By Dan Dunn
Team Member

The men's heavyweight crew team finished a successful winter break by crushing the University of Miami at the fourth annual Miami Beach Regatta. The race was the final event of the team's two week practice session in Hollywood, Fla.

The race is held on Indian Creek in Miami Beach. Its length, which is only 800 meters, is significantly shorter than the standard 2000 m spring race.

The first race to go off for the heavyweights was the novice boat. MIT soundly defeated both the University of Miami's entry and a mixed boat of MIT and Miami men.

The second race included the Engineers' junior varsity boat, which beat its competitors by the largest margin of the day. As Jeff Dickerson '94 described it, "We were ahead off the start, and when we held the lead through the halfway point, we knew that there was no way they could catch us."

The varsity boats raced last. The lead changed hands several times between the Engineers and the Hurricanes, with MIT behind for much of the race. However, the final sprint proved the decisive, and MIT took the race and with it the overall regatta award. "It was a good race," said Neeraj Gupta '94. "It was an excellent way to finish our trip."

The team does not compete again until April.