Men's Crew Races Well in WorcesterBy Toby Ayer
The men's heavyweight crews had a largely successful day of racing in Worcester last Saturday. The first freshmen and the second varsity eights both maintained winning records by beating out Williams, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Connecticut College. The first varsity just missed Williams, and the second frosh eight, in the same race as their first boat, finished third behind WPI.
Novice coach Stuart Schmill '86 was pleased with the conditions, since the mild tailwind would make for fast times. The first freshmen eight easily walked away from the other crews, finishing in 6:19.7, ten seconds ahead of WPI. Williams was 23 seconds behind (6:42.2) and Conn nearly a minute back (7:17.8).
Bowman Solar Olugebefola '99 thought the crew had improved its technique since the first race this spring. "We were more in sync than for the race against Columbia," he said.
The second novice eight finished in 6:35.8, seven seconds ahead of Williams. Their coxswain, Eric Sit '99, was enthusiastic. "We were able to hold back the Williams crew throughout the entire race. It is really great that we are starting to pull it together as a team this early," he said.
The second varsity eight had an extremely good race, pulling out during the second half to beat Williams by two seconds (6:19.72 to 6:21.62). "Williams was a strong boat, and they rowed an aggressive race," Coxswain Jason Wertheim '96 said.
Following the skilled strokes of Damon MacMillan '98, the boat had an excellent last 500 meters and came away with a satisfying win. Conn College was 15 seconds back, at 6:34.5.
The first varsity continued to be plagued with a frustrating lack of speed. As in the season opener against Columbia, their start left them a few seats down to Williams. Though they lost some ground over the middle of the race, they moved back during the last third of the race.
Though victory seemed possible, they were unable to reach Williams, who won in 6:11.3 to MIT's 6:12.2, with Conn at 6:24.7 and WPI at 6:46.4. The next race is against Harvard and Princeton tomorrow.