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Strong Winds Slow Heavyweight Crew in Compton Cup Loss

By Robert Lentz
team member

The varsity heavyweight crew team lost to Princeton and Harvard Universities in the Compton Cup, rowed last Saturday in Princeton, N.J.

MIT lead the other two teams off the start. However, both Princeton and Harvard went on to handle the strong head wind much better than MIT, and both rowed to an easy win over the Tech eight.

Princeton finished with a very impressive time of 6:17.6, while Harvard trailed by 7 seconds with a time of 6:24.5. MIT finished well behind of both teams.

After the start, Princeton moved past the Engineers to take the lead, which they would keep, virtually unchallenged, throughout the race.

The MIT eight remained ahead of Harvard until after the settle, at which point Harvard moved to take a boat-length lead that it would keep until the 1,000-meter point.

At the 1,000, or halfway, the young MIT crew found itself down on a crew for the first time this season and compiled with the strong head wind and choppy water, was unable to mount a comeback.

The wind played a large factor in the performance of the MIT crew. Gusts of wind sporadically blew the boat from side to side, throwing off the set and the course of the boat. The head wind also created a sizeable amount of chop which made clean blade work (when the team tries to work their oars together efficiently in unison) very difficult.

"It is good to know that we have one of the fastest starts in the country,"said Karsten Kallevig '99. "We need to work on rowing well when we are down, though."

Princeton and Harvard are consistently among the fastest crews in the country, and this year was no different. Princeton is currently ranked first in the country, while Harvard is seventh.

The second varsity and first freshman races finished in much the same way as the first varsity race, with Princeton and Harvard well in front of MIT.

Princeton proved to be the fastest crew all around and swept all races for the day.

The heavyweights have their only home race of the season tomorrow against the University of New Hampshire. They will be racing from 9:45 to 11 a.m.