Heavyweight Crews Remain UndefeatedBy Toby Ayer
The heavyweight crews remain undefeated in their spring season following the weekend's races. Saturday morning, the first and second varsity and the first and second novice boats all won their races against Williams College, Connecticut College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester.
The first varsity, identical to last week's boat, was expecting to fight for victory over Williams, who has been strong in the early season. Although due more to its own lackluster comportment than to Williams' strength, MIT had to struggle to stay ahead. For a moment early in the race, the Engineers were even down by one seat.
The Engineers moved up and won by only half a length (2.7 seconds) in 5 minutes, 57.8 seconds, knowing that if they rowed as they had against Columbia University, the margin would have been far greater. Connecticut finished in 6:16, and WPI followed, in 6:17.5.
The freshmen had less trouble. Their first boat collided with Williams at the start of the race, but quickly recovered and moved ahead. According to stroke Philip Frei '96, the crew went through the "ups and downs" it has felt all season, but they easily stayed ahead of the other crews, finishing in 6:12 to Williams' 6:22 and WPI's 7:46. The second novice boat - rowing in a four, not an eight - also handily beat the competition in 7:38, 25 seconds ahead of Connecticut and 49 seconds ahead of Williams.
A few days before the races, a bit of hubris induced varsity coach Gordon Hamilton to suggest that both the second and third varsity crews finish ahead of Williams, whom they raced at the same time. Unfortunately it did not work out: After the third varsity lost contact with Wiliams, it simply could not move back.
Justin Manley '96, the stroke, said that for a crew that had only been together for one day, it "rowed a solid race."
The second varsity, on the other hand - Greg Miliotes '96, Paul Marquardt '97, Charlie Able '97, David Spielvogel '95, Steve Morales '96, Brad Lichtenstein '95, Marc Carlin '96, Jared Cottrell '97, and coxswain Anand Raghunathan '96 - had an easy win, moving ahead soon after a rough start and holding its lead through the 6:07 race time. Williams was several lengths behind at 6:23, followed by the MIT third varsity at 6:30, and WPI at 7:46.
Saturday's race graphs were less than uplifting. With that in mind, all heavyweight crews are now focusing on the next challenge: The annual Compton Cup races this weekend against Harvard University and this year's host Princeton University.