Varsity, Freshmen Heavies Sink UNH
In a near-sweep of the races at Durham, New Hampshire, both men's varsity heavyweight eights and the first freshmen eight beat the University of New Hampshire on Saturday. The second freshmen fours both fell to UNH.
In fairly calm waters, the first freshmen began their race a few seats ahead of UNH. Moving up as planned at both the 500- and 1000-meter marks, they had nearly two lengths of open water approaching the finish line. UNH moved back a little, but MIT finished 10 seconds ahead of them in 5 minutes, 44 seconds.
The second freshmen fours had a harder time. The A four was down a few seats off the start, and despite a successful move back on UNH, were held back by their low stroke-rating. They lost another length and finished the race four seconds back.
With a dramatically divergent course, the other four was never in the race (UNH, 7:26; MIT A, 7:30; MIT B, 8:13).
Novice Coach Stu Schmill '86 continues to see his oarsmen improve. "The freshmen field is pretty tight, and we are right in there," he said after surveying the freshmen field in the EARC, which is the highest level of collegiate rowing.
Varsity rows its best race to date
With a headwind picking up after the first frosh race, the first varsity race went off but was soon stopped when MIT steered into a marker post off the side of the course. The race was restarted without mishap, and MIT won, 5:45.8 to 5:50.0.
It was the boat's best race to date. MIT was up on UNH at the start and held on through the fierce headwind. The halfway point brought less wind and calmer waters, and MIT attacked with more control, moving up steadily and finishing a full length ahead.
Coach Gordon Hamilton was jubilant about the win. "We were in control the entire race," he said. UNH had previously beaten Williams College, who had then beaten MIT.
The second varsity boat also had an excellent race. "They did exactly what we wanted to do: They got to racing speed at about 250 meters and held it through to the finish," Hamilton said. The boat moved right through UNH, and had plenty of open water at the finish (MIT, 5:51.8; UNH, 5:59.5).
Both Schmill and Hamilton are looking forward to this weekend's Cochrane Cup races against Dartmouth College and Wisconsin University. "If we have a good race, and continue our improvement, we will be right up there as one of the best crews in the country," Schmill said.
This weekend will be another test of the first boat's speed and racing ability. A good race could place the varsity relatively high in the rankings and closer to their goal of the country's top 10.