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Crew Loses Rudder In Head of the Ohio

By Adam B. Cotner
Team Captain

Ten members of the men's heavyweight crew team traveled to Pittsburgh last weekend for the Head of the Ohio Regatta.

Hopes were high as the team approached the starting line for their first race of the day, the Open Eights. With computer clearance, the head race began with the varsity boat starting third behind the national champion Brown crew and Cornell.

High hopes for a fast race were shattered as the boat's rudder broke away, leaving the boat constantly pulling to port. Unlike spring races, there is no provision to restart a race because of equipment failure, so the crew finished the race with coxswain Jason A. Wertheim '96 steering with his hands. The eight oarsmen were, from bow to stern, Robert D. Lentz '98, Gregory J. Miliotes '96, Brian M. Smith '97, Stephen A. Morales '96, Victor H. van Berkel '96, Christopher S. Putnam '96, Toby Ayer '96, and Adam B. Cotner '96.

Along with Anand Raghunathan '96, the eight broke into two fours for a race in the afternoon. The MIT A four finished .3 seconds behind the second place Buffalo crew. Brown won the race with a strong showing while the MIT B boat finished 5th.

More rewarding results are expected of the team, which placed 14th nationally in Division I last year, at this weekend's New Hampshire Championships and next week's famous Head of the Charles.

At the Head, the A four will be competing in the Championship Fours race while two Club Eights and two Club Fours also race.