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MIT Ends Fall Well at Foot

By Lorin Theiss
Team Member

The varsity heavyweight crew finished out its fall season this past weekend with the Foot of the Charles. The Engineers had their strongest finish in many years demonstrating the depth and strength of the squad this year.

Although the first fours boat only placed ninth, equaling last year's best finish, the other boats moved up considerably in the rankings.

The Foot of the Charles is an annual event which allows each of the collegiate varsity teams to race in fours. There are no divisions.

Coach Gordon Hamilton regarded it as "one of the best regattas of the year." He went on to explain that "none of the teams are split into separate divisions. All of the lightweights, heavyweights, varsity and junior varsity squads are in one event."

Harvard University, Dartmouth College, MIT, Boston University, and Northeastern University enter the majority of the 60 boats in the event.

Tech's first boat finished the course in a time of 13 minutes, 53 seconds. The second four rowed the course in a time of 13:57, and the third four finished with a time of 14:04. These times allowed for final placings of ninth, 11th, and 14th, respectively.

The race was won by a Northeastern four/boat in a time of 13:00.

MIT also placed boats at 29th, 32nd, and 43rd. Unfortunately, the fourth four was assessed a 30-second penalty for passing on the wrong side of a buoy.

The first four was made up of Franz Busse '95, Chris Putnam '96, Adam Cotner '96, Jon Singer '95, and Conan Hom '95 (coxswain).

Co-captain Jeff Tomasi '95, Lorin Theiss G, Toby Ayer '96, Co-captain Nate Crosswhite '95, and Peter Yao '95 (coxswain) made up the second four.

The third four was composed of Brian Smith '97, Victor Van Burkel '96, Matt Courcy '96, Jared Cottrell '97, and Anand Raghunathan '96 (coxswain).

MIT's results relative to Dartmouth, BU, and Harvard notably improved over last year. MIT's first three boats all placed higher than Dartmouth's second boat (17th) this year. In addition, the first two boats placed higher than BU's second boat (13th), and the third four tied with BU's third four.

MIT placed 2 boats ahead of Harvard's third four (12th) and three boats ahead of Harvard's fourth four (21st).

As captain Jeff Tomasi noted, "The team is extremely excited about the spring season with such a strong showing at the Foot."

The team now begins indoor winter training. It will spend two weeks of Independent Activities Period training in Florida, and return to the water as soon as the river thaws in the spring.