MIT Rows Past UNH And TuftsBy Lorin Theiss
The heavyweight crews met Tufts University on the Charles April 27 and continued their string of victories over the Elephants, sweeping all three races.
The first varsity finished the course in 6 minutes and 19 seconds, 10 seconds ahead of Tufts. MIT came off the line with one of its best starts of the season, gaining open water only 30 strokes into the race. The Engineers continued to build their lead and raced comfortably to the finish line well ahead of Tufts.
"We wanted to be very fast off the line to get up on Tufts quickly," said varsity coxswain, Neeraj Gupta '94. "After breaking contact we continued to walk away and never looked back."
The second and third varsity crews raced the Tufts varsity lightweights. The second varsity beat Tufts handily with a margin of 15 seconds. MIT gained open water in the first 500 meters, with a large lead by the halfway point. The third varsity finished behind Tufts.
Both freshmen crews beat the Tufts freshman heavyweight boat. The MIT first freshman boat walked away from the Tufts crew early in the race to finish the course in 6:49. The second freshman boat battled with Tufts to the finish line, edging out the Tufts crew by a margin of 2 seconds and posting a time of 7:04.
Mixed results agains UNH
On Sunday the heavyweights traveled to the University of New Hampshire. The crews were expecting a faster UNH crew; they were careful not to underestimate the traditionally weaker UNH squad.
The first varsity finished the 1,750-meter course in 5:16.9, with UNH finishing in 5:22.9. Completing the first 20 strokes, MIT settled two seats up on UNH. The engineers steadily walked through UNH to gain open water by the 800-meter mark. UNH attempted to move on MIT through the last half of the race, but this was to no avail as MIT held off the UNH boat for a six second margin.
The second varsity race was very close ending in a shootout with UNH faster by five-hundredths of a second with a time of 5:24.60. UNH took three seats on MIT at the start and held a two to three seat lead through most of the race. With 200 meters remaining, MIT started their sprint and was moving on UNH when they crossed the finish line. However, it was not enough to overtake the UNH crew before the finish line. Rower Jonathon Singer '95 described the contest as "the best race of the season."
MIT raced two boats against UNH's third varsity four. The first MIT four finished in 6:30.0, two seconds ahead of UNH, and the second MIT four finished half a length behind UNH.
The first freshman boat had a strong start with open water on UNH in the first 500 meters. UNH came back on MIT to finish in a time of 5:30, 14 seconds ahead of MIT. The second freshmen had a similar race with a lead at the start but finished 5:44, losing to UNH by 5 seconds.
The Engineers will travel to Wisconsin to race University of Wisconsin and Dartmouth for the Cochrane Cup on Saturday.