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Heavyweights Defeat UNH in Solid Race

Jiri Schindler - The Tech
Mike Perry '99, Dan Parker '99, and Karl Richter '99 (from top to bottom), members of the first vasity heavyweight boat, race on the Charles River in Saturday's victory against the University of New Hampshire.

By Karl Richter
team member

The varsity heavyweight crew team extended their spring season record to 52 with a solid victory over the University of New Hampshire on the Charles River on Saturday morning. This record by the 1997 heavyweights puts them among the best two or three crews in the past 10 years at MIT.

The MIT varsity found themselves a few seats up on their competition after the first few strokes of the race, as they have in all of their races so far this spring. MIT expanded on that early lead through the first 600 meters of the race, until UNH surged to prevent the Engineers from breaking contact.

The UNH boat then moved back to diminish the MIT lead to about two seats by the Harvard Bridge, the 1,000-meter mark on the 2,000-meter course.

At the bridge, MIT responded decisively to stop the UNH charge and put themselves back up by about half a boat length. The Engineers went on to hold that margin until the sprint when MIT gained another few seats on UNH before the finish.

In the headwind conditions, MIT covered the course in 6 minutes 20 seconds to UNH's time of 6:23. The varsity was pleased with their ability to respond to counter the UNH attacks and to win the race.

Heavyweight crew coach Gordon Hamilton said, "I thought the race was quite strong for both us and UNH. Our lack of experience, I think, let them get back into it, when we should have altered our race plan and moved away, but we won."

Mike Perry '99, a member of the boat, echoed this attitude and said, "I wish we had won by more."

"If we had been more aggressive in the second 500 meters and broken contact with UNH there, the margin of victory at the end of the race would have been much greater," said captain Robert Lentz '98.

The varsity boating was Charley Able '97 (bow), Brian Smith '97, Mads Schmidt '98, Karsten Kallevig '99, Perry, Dan Parker '99, Karl Richter '99, Lentz (stroke), and Jen Lykens '99 (coxswain).

Both the junior varsity and the freshmen lost in close races.

The varsity and junior varsity heavyweights will travel to Madison, Wis., this weekend to take on the University of Wisconsin and Dartmouth College in the annual Cochrane Cup race.

The freshman heavyweights will race the Dartmouth freshmen on the Charles this Saturday morning.