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Women's Crew Holds Strong at NEW-8 Regatta

By Megan C. Jasek
Team Member

The women's crew team held strong this weekend at the New 8 Regatta. The team raced three varsity boats and two novice boats. MIT expected another sweep, but was defeated in the second varsity and first novice races. The weather was outstanding, the sun was shining ,and there was very little wind -- perfect conditions for racing.

The New 8 Regatta consisted of MIT, Smith, Wellesley, and Mount Holyoke. The opponents did not have a third varsity boat so both the MIT second and third varsity boats raced in the 2V race. MIT lost this one by a hair to Mount Holyoke. MHC crossed the line with a time of 7 minutes 42 seconds. MIT's 2V was a close second with a time of 7:45, followed by MIT's 3V with a time of 7:59.

The second varsity felt that they had a good race. They held their own against the competition all the way down the course at a rating of 33 to 34 strokes per minute. Their start was strong, and their sprint was fast. The crew was eager to race MHC again -- this time with a victory.

The third varsity was also happy with their race. They too had a great sprint and were swinging down the course at a 32 to 34 stroke rating. They were happy with their wins over the second varsity boats of Smith and Wellesley.

The varsity eight defeated their competitors with a time of 7:17. The Engineers crossed the line 12 seconds before Wellesley, their nearest opponent. MHC and Smith crossed the line with times of 7:37 and 7:41, respectively. The varsity crew had an excellent race. They went off the line at a 43 and settled to a 34 to 35 stroke rating. They pulled away from Wellesley at the 1250 meters to go mark and kept moving ahead until the finish. Boat members feel that the second half of the race is their strongest.

The second novice boat had another outstanding performance. They crushed their competition again. With a time of 7:55, they finished 37 seconds before any other boat. This boat has been consistently winning with margins of this magnitude. They are expected to do very well at Nationals at the end of the season.

The first novice boat lost to MHC and Wellesley with a time of 7:50. They were 8 seconds behind the winning crew. However, they were 40 seconds ahead of Smith, who finished with a time of 8:30.

The varsity eight race decided the champion of the New 8 Regatta, since MIT and MHC had the same number of points by the end of the day. The trophy will carry MIT's name, for the second year in a row. There is also a points award that is given to the team that accumulates the most points for the day, with a different weight for first, second, and third place finishes.