Training Vigor Help Crew Beat 'CanesBy Toby Ayer
The men's heavyweight crews beat the University of Miami in all five rowing events on Jan. 13. Finding that hard work and "vigah" in the fall and early winter training pay off, the varsity and freshman eights both won by larger margins than is usual in the 800-meter sprint.
At the midpoint of their annual training trip, the heavies traveled south from Hollywood to Miami Beach for the regatta. The varsity four finished in 3:09.2, ahead of the second Tech four (3:14.2) and Miami (3:20.1).
Despite rough waters and a tailwind, the first four used good technical execution as a basis for a strong race. They moved steadily ahead and sprinted to a decisive victory. The second four's proximity to the first boat was a reassuring sign of the ability of the varsity eight, a combination of these two crews.
The novice eight raced soon after, beating Miami's time of 3:03 by nearly seven seconds (2:56.3). With a higher number than usual of experienced oarsmen, and with the intent instruction of coach Stu Schmill '86 behind them, the MIT freshmen looked far more technically able than their Miami counterparts.
Varsity coach Gordon Hamilton had commented several times that the margin in the varsity race had rarely been more than one second in either team's favor. The varsity eight, in increasingly cold winds, broke with tradition and beat Miami by close to eight seconds (2:54.3 to 3:02.2).
Their start was clean but a little slow; they proceeded to fly past miami, giving coxswain Anand Raghunathan '96 a view of the Miami boat's bow in under a minute. Frustrated by the water conditions, which prevented the crew from applying their power more effectively, they contented themselves with increasing the stroke rating and hammering their way to the finish line.
The second varsity eight, actually composed of six varsity rowers and two novices, squeaked out a more typical victory of about two seconds (2:59.9 to Miami's 3:01.6).
The freshmen fours followed the varsity's example, finishing first and second ahead of Miami.
Though no medals or trophies were awarded this year, the MIT crews were cheered on by a small contingent of loyal MIT alumni, family, and friends. Their time in Florida was completed with a full week of good training on the water, in preparation for the spring racing season, which begins in late March.