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Women's Crew Shows Strength


Jonathan Li--The Tech
Sue I. Fioght pours champagne over a boat at the Pierce Boathouse on Saturday morning. The boat was dedicated in her name by crew alumnae.

By Amy Gieffers
team member

In their second race of the spring season, the women's crew team made a strong showing on Saturday at home on the Charles River. The team raced Boston College, Tufts University, and Bates College.

Despite adverse weather conditions throughout this past week, the team worked on improving their race plan and proved on Saturday that they could put together a good race.

In the varsity eight race, MIT placed second with a time of 7:22.5, behind a strong Boston College crew which finished in 7:05.9. Tufts placed third in 7:34.7, and Bates placed fourth in 7:37.6.

Rowing for MIT from bow to stern were Megan Reese '99, Sarah Folscroft '98, Sabina Ma '99, Sue Dey '98, Mariah Luff '98, Arlene Frech '97, Amy Gieffers '97, Kristin Jugenheimer '99 (stroke), and Rain Gupta '99 (coxswain).

MIT's second varsity four with coxswain rowed the course in 8:34, which placed them second to Boston University with a time of 8:52. The boat was rowed by Francesca Chang '00 (bow), Jeanne Yu '98, Heidi Chang '98, Jesse Cochrane '99 (stroke), and Margo Harbaugh '98 (coxswain).

The novice women's team swept away the competition in their races. The first novice boat won their race with a time of 7:24. MITwas followed by second-place Tufts (7:31), Bates (7:34), and BC (7:45).

In the second novice race, MIT fielded two boats which took first and second places, showing the team's great depth. The A boat rowed the course in 7:45 and the B boat in 7:56. Finishing in third and fourth behind MIT were BC (7:57) and Tufts (7:59).

New crew shell dedicated

Following the races on Saturday, the women's team had the great pleasure of dedicating a new eight crew shell. The new boat was purchased by alumnae of the women's team who rowed on novice teams between the fall of 1991 and spring of 1993. The boat was named after these alumnae's novice coach, Sue I. Foight.

This group of alumnae was the youngest group ever to donate a shell to MIT's crew program, and the women's team was truly grateful to receive the needed shell.

Present at the dedication ceremony were Foight, her family and many of the alumni who helped finance the new boat. After the christening of the boat, Foight, along with some of her former rowers, took the boat for a cruise up the Charles River.

Women's Athletic Administrator Candace L. Royer and Director of Athletics Richard A. Hill were also in attendance at the boat dedication.

Next weekend, the women's team will travel to Worcester to race Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Williams College, and Connecticut College.