Heavyweight Crews Prepare for Races, 3V Beats Boston UBy Toby Ayer
The third varsity heavyweight crew raced Saturday against the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University. The other crews spent the weekend preparing for next week's Eastern Sprints races.
The third varsity four, consisting of Justin Manley '96 at stroke, Paul Marquardt '97, Luis A. Ortiz '96, and Ted Achtem '95, and Conan Hom '95 at coxswain, rowed a strong race, but with a disappointing end.
The MIT crew was well ahead of BU early in the race. Penn's two fours were quickly over one length ahead, but MIT continued to push at them.
According to Ortiz, the MIT crew was "jockeying for contact" with Penn and were moving on them as they passed the 1500-meter mark at the MIT boathouse. But then the port-side oars slammed into a large buoy, completely disrupting the boat's rhythm. Despite an admirable recovery, Tech finished a few lengths behind Penn's 6:56 and 7:01 times, at 7:10. MIT still managed to finish far ahead of BU.
In the absence of a regatta this weekend to sufficiently exhaust them before the pre-Sprints "taper," the rest of the heavyweights put in some heavy practices. Both the first and second varsities rowed a series of short, competitive, but unofficial races against their BU counterparts on Friday, concentrating on the consistent, quick, and aggressive performance that was varsity coach Gordon Hamilton's theme for the week. Both boats had mixed success against BU, neither losing nor winning all six 500-meter pieces.
While the second varisty crew spent Saturday morning doing 2500-meter tests on the indoor rowing ergometers, the first crew joined the heavyweight freshmen for 100-meter races. The freshmen were fast, but the varsity crew steadily moved on them and won every piece.
Sunday morning the heavies were on the water again, this time accompanied by three lightweight crews. Again the varsity won all four three-minute races, despite fast starts by both the freshman heavies and the varsity lights.