Heavyweight Crew Gains Mixed Results in Races at HomeBy Toby Ayer
Although the results were a mix of successes and failures, Saturday provided an exciting and enjoyable series of home races for most MIT crew squads. The heavyweight Engineers hosted the University of New Hampshire and Tufts University for all their races except the third varsity, which was against Boston University.
It was a beautiful morning with excellent conditions. The varsity, at least, were eager to race. They needed a good win, to counter last week's loss, and a good race. They got both.
The first varsity, in its second new line-up in two weeks and feeling confident after a good Friday practice, put together a solid race. Although down a seat to UNH just after the start, they steadily gained ground and countered each of UNH's attempts to move back.
MIT stayed a length ahead until the finish, which it reached in good form in 5 minutes, 56.3 seconds. UNH followed at 6:01.8, and Tufts trailed at 6:10.6.
Stroke Nate Crosswhite '95 said, "It was the best race of the season so far, and we showed a lot of improvement."
Continuing to demonstrate its impressive strength this season, the second varsity dispensed easily with New Hampshire and Tufts. It passed MIT's Pierce Boathouse (three quarters of the way through the 2,000-meter course) with a couple lengths of open water on UNH, drawing ecstatic cheers from the crowd on the docks.
MIT finished in 6:04.4, almost 12 seconds ahead of UNH (6:16.1) and 25 seconds ahead of Tufts (6:29.1).
New Hampshire was too fast, however, for both freshman crews.
The first frosh boat was ahead of UNH by over half a length very early on, but 1,000 meters later they were down a few seats. Unable to push back through, the Beavers lost in 6:04.7 to UNH's 6:03.8.
The second frosh had a much harder time, losing badly in 6:40.6, 25 seconds behind UNH (6:20.7).
The third varsity eight, who may soon jettison the ever-fluctuating bow half and begin racing as a four, had a late race against BU. The Terriers overcame MIT early and won by 15 seconds in 6:07.7.
Back on the MIT docks, first varsity coxswain Peter Yao '95 offered no resistance to being tossed into the Charles River, and he even showed off his backstroke. The second varsity oarsmen also triumphantly threw in their coxswain, Jason Wertheim '96.
Possibly the most exciting race of the season is in store next Saturday when MIT meets Dartmouth College and the University of Wisconsin for the Cochrane Cup, again on the Charles.