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Lightweight Crew Races Strongly to Beat Holy Cross


Anand Raghunathan
The first novice women's eight launches Saturday in Worcester. They won the race by 27 seconds.

By Erik S. Balsley
team member

The varsity lightweight crew team defeated the College of the Holy Cross on Sunday after a hard fought defeat to Harvard University and Dartmouth College on Saturday.

Although the weather was wet and drizzly, the water on the 2,000-meter course, on Lake Quinisigmond in Worcester, was flat with a slight tailwind. The conditions made for excellent rowing conditions.

The first freshman eights race was the first event. Five hundred meters into the piece, Holy Cross had edged out a slight lead over MIT's freshman eight comprised of Sahar Aminipour '00 (coxswain), Seth Newburg '00, Chad Brodel '00, Eric Bevan '99, Jim O'Donnell '00, Harald Hoegh '00, Joshua Kaufman '00, Kartik Mani '00, and Ben Boehm '99.

Holy Cross slightly increased this lead during the rest of the race to cross the line first in 6:25.4. MIT's first freshmen crossed about a boat length behind Holy Cross in a time of 6:29.5, but ahead of the University ofMassachusetts at Lowell, which finished third in 6:59.6.

In the closest and most exciting race of the day, the lightweight second varsity boat edged out a 0.1 second victory over Holy Cross. The boat comprised of Andrew Woo '97 (coxswain), Joel Johnson '98, Shawn Hwang '99, Jeff Munro '99, Jean-Paul Folch '97, Haiwei Guo '97, Felix Lam '97, Sameer Shah '97, and Steven Huang '97 finished in 6:27.2.

The two boats overlapped for most of the course, with MIT behind for the first half of the race. In the third 500 meters, MIT made a drive to earn a boat-length lead over Holy Cross as they entered the final 500 meters of the race.

At that point, Holy Cross began to make a strong move into MIT, but a well-called early sprint by Woo allowed the boat to hold off the Holy Cross drive for their victory.

The final two races of the day were dominated by MIT. The second freshman eight, of Jeff Hayashida '00 (coxswain), Jeremy Hui '00, Jason Sharma '00, David Manz '00, Amar Kendale '00, Veeral Shah '00, Mark Moesse '00, Stuart Jackson '00, Francicso Tanudjaja '00, had a strong start which placed them solidly ahead of Holy Cross by the first 500 meters. The boat, gradually built upon the lead to finish in 6:42.6, while Holy Cross finished more than a boat length of water behind in 6:49.2.

The varsity boat of Joe Irineo '98, Garrett Shook '97, Chris Liu '98, Erik Balsley G, Paul Oppold '99, Kris Kendall '98, Dan Frisk '99, and Jorge Broggio '97, had a solid start and was ahead by half a boat length by the time their start sequence had finished. From there, the boat steadily increased its lead to finish in 6:07.1, while Holy Cross finished over two boat lengths behind in 6:21.8.

The varsity put together a solid race that corrected some of the problems they experienced in Saturday's race against Harvard and Dartmouth on the Charles River.

Harvard wins Biglin Bowl

Saturday's race, The Biglin Bowl, has been won by Harvard for the past two years, and they have won the bowl 37 times since the cup was established 43 years ago.

The conditions for the race were very good. Although the races began relatively late in the morning, the water was flat with a slight tailwind down the course.

After the start of the varsity race Harvard had a solid six-seat lead over MIT and Dartmouth, which grew throughout the race. For the first 1000 meters, it was a close race for second between MIT and Dartmouth, with MIT having a slight two-seat advantage over Dartmouth for much of this time.

However, in the third 500 meters of the race, Dartmouth handled the water more efficiently and took advantage of a drop in the speed of MIT, to move ahead by eight seats.

However, the Engineers refocused and made a solid move back into Dartmouth. Unfortunately, the drive was not enough to pass Dartmouth and into second place.

Harvard finished in a time 5:51.6, followed by Dartmouth in 5:59.3, and MIT in 6:05.2. Although the varsity lost, it was the closest they have finished to both Harvard and Dartmouth in many years in the race.

Dartmouth finished first in the remaining three races of the day. MIT's second varsity finished third in their race with a time of 6:47.7 to Dartmouth's 6:03.3, and Harvard's 6:08.4.

MIT finished third in the first freshman race with a time of 6:36.8, while Dartmouth finished with a 6.14.2 and Harvard with a 6:21.6.

The second freshmen finished fourth in their race with a time of 6:44.6 while Dartmouth finished in 6:22.9 and Harvard in 6:30.0. Harvard's third freshman boat finished in a time of 6:40.2, while their fourth freshman boat finished in 6:56.8.

The team races Columbia University and Cornell University in New York City on Saturday, and the varsity will race Yale University and Boston College on Sunday. The team's next home race is Saturday, April 26 against Rutgers University.