Crews Reap Medals In New HampshireBy Toby Ayer
Men's heavyweight crews won medals of all colors last weekend at the New Hampshire Championship Regatta in Hooksett, New Hampshire. The Open Eights won gold and bronze medals, and the A Open Four won a silver.
Sunday, the heavies will have a Club Eight, a Championship Four, and two Club Fours racing in the 31st Head of the Charles Regatta.
As in previous regattas this fall, nearly everyone raced twice on Saturday. Four MIT Open Fours entered that event.
The A four went off the line first out of twenty-two boats, and thus had no one to work off during the three-mile race. They finished in exactly nineteen minutes, well under the previous course record. It was not fast enough to beat the Free Press crew, however, who started at the very end of the pack and won the event in 18:58.
Thirty-seven seconds behind the MIT A four was the B four in sixth place, followed by the C and D boats in one-second increments. The D boat, made up of four freshmen, made a good showing on Sunday, beating other varsity crews.
After finishing the fours race, the oarsmen quickly hydrated themselves and went back on the water for the Open Eight race. Three boats competed in the Open Eight event. The first boat, made up of four first-varsity oarsmen and four from the second varsity, won the race in 17:13.
They beat the course record set in 1992 by the MIT varsity. That boat went on to win a gold medal in the Head of the Charles and the Division II National Championships the following spring. Coach Gordon Hamilton said he is hoping for a similar performance at this weekend's Head of the Charles.
The second eight finished third in 17:51 behind Community Rowing. They had a disappointing row, coming up quickly to a UMass Lowell crew and then failing to move through them.