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Women's Crew Tops Field at Invitiational

By Andrea Jensen
Team Member

In its second home meet of the season, the women's crew team met some of its old rivals and once again demonstrated its depth and their degree of improvement over the past few years.

The women's event at the MIT Invitational this past weekend featured crews from Boston College, College of the Holy Cross, and Simmons College. In the end, MIT again came out on top. The MIT A boat won the event in 15 minutes, 25 seconds, beating a BC varsity boat by about seven seconds.

Becky Berry '95, Cindy Fein '97, Linda Rosenband '96, Sarah Black '96, Amy Gieffers '97, Diane Hodges '95, Lynn Yang '95, Jessica Oleson '96, and coxswain Shruti Sehra '96 made up the winning crew.

The MIT B and C boats finished one second apart, behind Boston College's varsity and JV boats, with times of 16:04 and 16:05. The team demonstrated its depth here, with these two crews beating all boats from Holy Cross and Simmons, including their varsities.

The B boat was rowed by, from bow to stern, Lara Ivey '96, Nicole Gotti '95, Janet Wang '95, Shelly Sakiyama '96, Louise Wells '96, Heather Lee '95, Stacy Morris '96, Judy Ascano '96 and coxswain Margarita Brito '97.

Rebecca Fahrmeier '95, Cathy Conley '96, Josephine Harada '95, Malee Lucas G, Joanne Mikkelson '96, Sabrina Bernold '95, Stephanie Speaker 97, Jessica Jensen '95, and coxswain Sherry Hsiung '95 rowed the MIT C boat.

All three boats had difficulties to overcome the week before the race because of rowing with some oarswomen they hadn't rowed with all season. "This race showed how we have been able to row as one and blend, things we have been working on all fall," said Gieffers.

The Invitational was the first race of the fall for the novice women, who showed that they are off to a great start. Many other schools competed in the novice event, such as Tufts University and Wellesley College.

Although BC won the race, MIT came in a close second, with other boats finishing fifth (2 seconds behind Wellesley's first boat), 15th and 16th.