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Women's Crew Happy with Times after First Race of Spring Season

By Shawdee Eshghi
team member

After a long winter indoors, the MIT women's crew teams made a strong showing in their opening races. Both the varsity and novice teams were happy with their times, but disappointed with the results.

The first varsity boat with coxswain Shruti Sehra '96 came in third behind Boston College and Radcliffe College, respectively, posting a time of 6:57.1. "It was a good race in that it pointed out what we need to focus in in order to improve," said Amy C. Gieffers '97, who rowed seven seat.

The second varsity boat, coxed by Jennifer R. Bautista '98, also placed third.

"All winter we've had a sense that we were faster, but we didn't have anything to measure it against until now," said Varsity Coach Mayrene Earle."We were surprised that BC was so fast but I expect to see MIT gain a lot through the season." Earle added that MIT traditionally gains more speed than other teams as the season progresses.

The MIT novice boats also did well in their first ever 2,000-meter race. Radcliffe easily took both races, followed by Northeastern University and MIT. The first novice boat, coxed by Rainuka Gupta '99, was ahead of NU until the Harvard Bridge, where it fell behind. Despite gaining five seats on an impressive move past the MIT boathouse, the first novice boat lost to NU by a margin of just two seconds, finishing in 7:25.

"They rowed really well," said Novice Coach Susan Lindholm. "It was exciting to see that they were side by side with Northeastern."

The second novice boat also did well, executing its race plan and reaching its target time. Another bright point was that the second novice boat, coxed by Jennifer L. Lykens '99, posted equal splits for the first and second 1,000-meters.

"Although we lost, we reached our goal time for the piece and there is lots of room for improvement," said Lykens. "The second boat will only pick up speed as the season goes on," added Lindholm.

"We were aiming for more, but that's the only way to make the boats go faster, by aiming high," said Lindholm.

Both crews will race on the Charles next Saturday.