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Heavyweight Crew Falls to Nation's Best

By Lorin Theiss
Team Member

The heavyweight crew lost to Harvard and Princeton on the Charles last Saturday in the Compton Cup race. Harvard and Princeton are currently considered two of the three fastest crews in the nation. MIT will face both of these crews again at Eastern Sprints in May.

The first varsity boat came off the starting line quickly staying right with Harvard and Princeton through the first 500 meters. MIT was down three seats to Princeton and four to Harvard. MIT stayed in contact through most of the first 1,000 meters. Gradually Harvard moved away from Princeton to take the lead as Princeton moved on MIT. Harvard finished the course in a time of 5:56.2 with Princeton at 6:01.2 and MIT at 6:17.4. "We keep improving each week, but we have a way to go to compete with crews like Harvard and Princeton," said oarsman Nate Crosswhite '95.

In the second varsity race, MIT with a time of 6:47.5 lost by 45 seconds to Harvard, while Harvard beat Princeton by less than 3 seconds. The second varsity rowed a strong first 1,000 meters staying close to Harvard and Princeton. At the 500-meter mark, MIT was half a length down on Harvard and three-fourths of a length down on Princeton. Tech stayed in contact until about 750 meters into the race. "We could have rowed technically better, but we're improving each week," said coxswain Peter Yao '95.

The third varsity race was won by Princeton followed by Harvard and next MIT. The freshmen first boat, with a time of 6:42.2, finished 36 seconds behind Princeton and 28 seconds behind Harvard. The second freshmen boat lost to Princeton by 35 seconds; Harvard finished three seconds behind Princeton.

The Engineers have a bye next weekend but face Tufts University on April 27.