Women's Crew Ready For Head of the CharlesBy Shruti Sehra and Nicole L.Weymouth
The varsity women's crew will race Sunday in the Head of the Charles Regatta, marking the high point of an already impressive season.
Over the past three weekends, the women have won six medals and two overall points trophies at the Textile River Regatta, the Head of the Ohio, the Head of the Connecticut, and the New Hampshire Championship Regatta.
Victories at the Textile race in Lowell, Mass. on Sept. 30 established the women as a strong presence this season. Most rowers competed twice that day, rowing over 15 miles each. The crew brought home three gold medals:the Lightweight Fours, the Club Eights Aboat, and the Open Fours A boat.
The following weekend the women traveled to Pittsburgh for the Head of the Ohio Regatta, where once again everyone raced twice in the same day.
The Club Four clinched the silver medal, second only to the overall points trophy-winning crew. The Open Eight narrowly missed a bronze medal when Michigan got the inside part of the turn as both crews passed a third crew.
The Open Four, spurred by fierce competition in their first mile, increased their margin in the remaining two miles and brought home a gold medal.
The next day, the remaining team members raced two eights in the Head of the Connecticut Regatta in Middlebury, Conn. Neither crew placed.
The entire crew was together for the New Hampshire Championship last Saturday, joined by three novice eights in their first ever race. The rain seemed to befuddle the starter, who completely forgot to time the races of both MIT eights.
The A boat came in either first or third; by the coxswain's time, it was first. Estimates placed the B boat at sixth.