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Women's Crew Finishes Well in Weekend Races

By Amy Gieffers
team member

On Saturday, the varsity women's crew team finished in second in the New England Women's Eight regatta against Mount Holyoke College, Wellesley College, and Smith College. Mount Holyoke placed first.

The race had originally been scheduled for the previous weekend but was postponed because of inclement weather. The day began with MIT placing second in a time of 6 minutes 47 seconds compared to Mt. Holyoke's 6:44 in the varsity eight race. Wellesley took third in 7:15.

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

In the first novice race, MIT beat Smith in a time of 7:03 compared to Smith's 7:07. MIT took control of the race when Smith caught a crab in the second 500 meters. Mount Holyoke finished third in 7:08, and Wellesley took fourth in 7:16.

The boat, from stern to bow, included Julie Gesch '00 (coxswain), Stephanie Chen '00, Jessi Kleiss '00, Jeanne Tomaszewski '00, Peggy Hollejunas '00, Autumn Stuekrath '00, Marion Groh '00, Liz Rose '00, and Katy Croff '00 (bow).

In the junior varsity race, MIT (7:26) finished second to Mount Holyoke (7:06). The lineup from stern to bow included Rainuka Gupta '99 (coxswain), Sneha Madhavan '00 (stroke), Julie Wertz '00, Priscilla Fonseca '00, Heidi Chang '98, Jesse Cochrane '99, Jeanne Yu '98, and Francesca Chang '00 (bow).

The second novice race was won by Mt. Holyoke in 7:12. Smith finished second in 7:15, and MIT placed third in 7:53. The boating was Ay Ding (coxswain), Kathleen Vokes '00 (stroke), Lorri Bush '00, Ellen Brown '00, Wendy Liu '00, Courtney Spalter Berman '00, Sonia Ranganath '00, Katherine Koch '00, and Zoe Teegarden '00.

The day concluded with a varsity four race in which MIT decisively beat the rest of the field, finishing the race in at time of 7:48, 15 seconds before Smith, the second-place crew.

An awards ceremony followed the day of races. Points were awarded for each race based on the finishing place of each crew. For the first time in five years, Mt. Holyoke (34 points) managed to beat MIT (30) for the points trophy.

MIT races against UNH

On Sunday morning, the team raced University of New Hampshire at home on the Charles River. In the first race of the day, MIT's second novice boat placed second to UNH. In the first novice race, MIT's boat rowed an aggressive race finishing just a second behind UNH.

In the varsity eight race, MIT lost to UNH. Although the team felt they had rowed an aggressive race, they all felt slightly tired from racing the previous afternoon.

This week the team will focus on preparing for the New England Championships this coming Saturday in Worcester. The races will give the team the opportunity to race against some of the schools they had lost to earlier in the season.

"I am very excited for this coming weekend. All season we have been picking up speed, and I am confident that we will beat some of the crews we have lost to earlier this year," Frech said.