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Crews Dominate at MIT Invite; Varsity Women's Boat Takes 1st

By Sue Dey
Team Captain

Despite the cold, rainy morning weather, the crew team dominated the MIT Invitational races on Saturday. There were races for varsity and novice lightweight and women's boats. MIT's competitors in the races included Boston College, Simmons College, Bates College, Tufts University, Brandeis University, Colby College, and MIT's Sloan School of Management.

The first varsity women's boat (coxswain Julie Gesch '00, Susan Dey '98, Jessi Kleiss '00, Stephanie Chen '00, Mariah Luff '99, Jeanne Tomaszewski '00, Samantha Lavery '98, Liz Rose '00 and Wendy Liu '00) had a slow start but pulled themselves together to win the race with a time of 14:14, one second ahead of the first boat from Boston College.

The second boat (coxswain Margo Harbaugh '98, Kathleen Vokes '00, Peggy Hollermann '00, Kristin Jugenheimer '99, Heidi Chang '98, Emily Hanna '00, Katy Croff '00, Katherine Koch '00 and Sabina Ma '99) had a great start and raced strongly. They took seventh place with a time of 14:52, making them the fastest second boat in the race. Four rowers and a coxswain from MIT (coxswain Betty Tsai '99, Zoe Teegarden '98, Lorri Bush '00, Sneha Madhavan '00 and Bani Azari '00) also joined with Colby to race a mixed boat, which finished with a time of 15:10.8, squeaking past Sloan to take ninth place. The women's novice squad raced three eights which took fourth, seventh, and 20th places in their race.

The lightweight men's team also did well in their races. The first varsity boat captured second place to Colby with a time of 12:26.5, and the second varsity boat took eighth with a time of 13:18.0.

The crew team now has a break in their schedule. The next women's race will be the Foot of the Charles on Nov. 15. The men's next race will also be the Foot of the Charles, but it will be held on the following weekend.