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Crew Successful at Miami Beach

By Jared Cottrell and Anand Raghunathan
Team Members

MIT Crew recently returned from a successful campaign at the sixth annual Miami Beach Invitational Regatta on Saturday, Jan. 21, in Miami, Florida.

The men's heavyweight and women's varsity, junior varsity, and novice teams from both MIT and the University of Miami, attended the event, which was held on a truncated 1000-meter course. All six MIT squads claimed first in their respective races.

Even though they won all of their races, the men didn't feel that they rowed at their best. However, they felt the results attest to the strength and depth of this year's squads.

The novice heavyweight men led the race for the Friends of Hurricane Crew Cup from the start. They built a sizable lead and crossed the line a full 11 seconds ahead of the University of Miami, in a time of 2 minutes, 49 seconds.

The junior varsity boat, consisting of Robert Morrison '96, Brian Smith '97, Steve Morales '96, Luis Ortiz '96, Greg Miliotes '96, Jeff Baur G, Marc Carlin '96, Jared Cottrell '97, and Anand Raghunathan '96 (coxswain), had a more difficult time rowing through their Miami counterparts for the Irish House Cup.

After both boats were close to each other for the first 500 meters, MIT moved to a three-quarter boat-length lead with 250 meters remaining. At that time, Miami collided with a buoy, and fell out of contention. MIT finished in a time of 3:05.02, almost a minute ahead of the opponent.

The event of the day, the Sun Bank Cup, featured the men's varsity heavyweight eights. MIT's entry consisted of Franz Busse '95, Chris Putnam '96, Jeff Tomasi '95, Victor Van Burkel '96, Toby Ayer '96, Adam Cotner '96, John Singer '95, Nate Crosswhite '95, and Jason Werthiem '96 (coxswain).

The start was delayed due to excessive winds, heightening the tension surrounding the race. Once off the line, the crews were neck and neck through the entire race, and finished within 10 feet of each other. Tech held out to complete the sweep, edging out the Hurricanes by 1.15 seconds, in a time of 2:40.00.

With a successful fall season and an impressive showing in Miami Beach, the heavyweight men look forward to contending for a second national championship in the sprints season ahead.