Oarswomen Medal at New England RegattaBy Nicole Weymouth
This past Saturday the women's crew team entered five eights in the New England championship in Worcester. MIT is always very competitive in this regatta, and everyone arrived ready to win some medals and lots of shirts. The Engineers missed out on the shirts but three boats came away with silver medals.
The morning was for preliminary heats, with all five boats (both varsity and novice) easily getting the required place to qualify for finals. The junior varsity boat cruised along at a 31 stroke rating, barely even breaking a sweat. Unlike the flat water the team had been experiencing on the Charles all week, this race course had a terrific tail wind that made for a pleasant and fast seven minute race.
By the time the final round of competition rolled around, the quick tail wind had turned into a nasty tornado-like wind. The two novice eights raced first, handling the conditions like master oarswomen.
Both the first and second novice boats were rewarded with second place finishes. Coach Susan Lindholm said, "They're by far the best MIT novices I've ever had the privilege of coaching."
The junior varsity race followed, in which MIT had two boats qualify for the final. The depth of the varsity team was apparent by that fact alone.
The JV brought up the intensity for this race, coming in second to UMass-Amherst. The third varsity was in the thick of the race all the way through, but was not able to bring everything together as they did in the morning, and ended up fourth.
Conditions did not get any better for the late afternoon varsity final, which came down to a neck-and-neck finish. MIT, unfortunately, barely missed the third place spot.
The women's crew team is now focusing on the Eastern Sprints which will take place May 21 on Lake Waramaug in Connecticut.