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Heavyweight Brings Home 5 Medals from New Hampshire

By Lorin Theiss
Team Member

The Heavyweight Crew raced on the Merrimack River Saturday and had an excellent showing on the 3-mile course. The team brought home silver and bronze medals in the Open Four event and managed to garner all three medals in the Open Eight event.

MIT currently holds course records for the Open Four and Open Eight at the New Hampshire site. Many of the oarsmen arrived at the race hoping to improve those records, set in 1992. However, racing conditions were not amenable to such wishes as the course maintained a slight head wind throughout the day.

This was the first race of the season where all the varsity members were present and able to race. Naturally, the team was excited and charged for the event, careful not to enjoy too much hubris from the successes of previous years.

MIT entered four boats in the Open Four event. Two of the boats placed second and third with times of 20 minutes, 4 seconds and 20:07, respectively. They were beaten only by an entry from Memmian Boat Club which finished with a time of 20:00. The third MIT Four placed fifth with a time 20:18, and the fourth Four placed 8th with a time of 21 minutes.

"We knew Memmian would be the toughest competition in the race. Unfortunately, we started as the second crew and they started last, making it impossible to know how they were doing," said Toby Ayer '96, reacting to the second-place finish.

"I think the close results really show the depth of our squad and how strong it is this year," remarked co-captain Jeff Tomasi '95.

MIT Takes Top 3 in Open Eight

In the Open Eight race, Tech again entered four boats and placed first, second, third, and sixth in a field of 12 competitors. The top Eight boat rowed the course in a time of 18:11, 56 seconds off the course record.

The second Eight boat recorded a time of 18:52, while the third and fourth Eights needed over 19, and 20 minutes, respectively, to finish.

Peter Yao '95, first boat coxswain, said, "We raced very well. The guys were pretty tired from rowing in the Fours event an hour earlier. Today was really a practice run for the Head of the Charles."

The Engineers are now preparing for the Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday, Oct. 23. The Heavyweights will be entering two four-boats and two eight-boats in the event. Come out and support the team at the largest single-day regatta in the world.