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Heavyweights Edged Out by BU, Beat BC

By Lorin Theiss
Team Member

The varsity heavyweight crew team lost a close race with Boston University Sunday. MIT had beaten BU last spring at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships, a first for MIT in many years, and the team was hoping to build off of this win. But BU is recognized as a fast crew early in the season, and MIT will race against them two more times this season at the Eastern Sprints and IRA.

Coming off a poor race against Columbia University the previous weekend, both crews were ready to race. "I think the race was very positive. We lost, but we raced very well," said oarsman Jeffrey Tomasi '95. "I know we'll be able to beat them at Eastern Sprints in May. It was frustrating to lose, yet great to race well."

The first varsity boat finished the course in a time of 6:42.3, five seconds behind BU. Boston College, the other participant, finished more than 20 seconds behind MIT. BU had a fast start, gaining four seats on MIT; meanwhile, MIT built a lead on BC. After the high strokes (the first 20), BU was ahead by a length at the 1,000-meter mark. BC, on the other hand, fell behind the two leaders in the first 500 meters. In the last half of the race, MIT began charging but were held off by the more experienced BU crew.

In the second varsity race, MIT, with a time of 6:59.9, lost to BU by less than eight seconds. The Terriers were quick off of the line, gaining about four seats in the first 20 strokes. MIT stayed with them until the 1,100-meter mark, where they broke contact and began to move away. MIT came back on BU in the last 500 meters but lost by open water. "We rowed much more aggressively than last week," said coxswain Peter Yao '95.

The third varsity eight finished the course in a time of 7:47.5 after BU's finish of 7:28.2. The boat split into a pair of fours and raced a second time, but lost this race as well. The freshmen first and second boats finished behind BU and BC in both races.

The Engineers face Harvard and Princeton universities next weekend in the Compton Cup on the Charles River.