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Heavyweight Crew Places 6th In Foot of the Charles Regatta

By Karl Richter
Team Member

The top heavyweight four crew placed sixth out of 28 crews in the varsity race at the Foot of the Charles Regatta in rainy and cold conditions on the Charles River this past Saturday.

This best performance ever from the top four in the annual race from MIT's Pierce Boathouse to Harvard University's Weld Boathouse shows that MIT is competitive with the fastest crews in the country. The participants in the regatta represented the best of the Division I league in New England. Varsity crews raced in fours while the freshmen raced in eights.

Harvard displayed the tremendous depth of its rowing program by finishing first and second (13:14 and 13:20) in the race. These two fours were composed from members of Harvard's varsity heavyweight eight which was the fastest collegiate crew in the country at the Head of the Charles last month.

The top heavyweight fours from Northeastern University (13:25) and Boston University (13:26) finished third and fourth respectively. The national champion Harvard Lightweights (13:51) barely beat the MIT heavyweights (13:54) for fifth place.

MIT's top heavyweight four included Matt Coates '98 (bow), Mike Perry '99, Dan Parker '99, Karl Richter '99 (stroke), and Jen Lykens '99 (cox). Parker and Coates sported bleached hair for the race.

Coach Gordon Hamilton was pleased with the result and said "this is a wonderful way to finish up a tough fall season."

The heavyweight Beavers have been plagued with injuries in the top ranks this fall. Three oarsmen who have raced in the first four in the past two years, including second year captain Robert Lentz '98, were unable to race. Hamilton said he was impressed that the squad was able to muster its best performance in his 10 years as head coach, despite not being at full strength.

The top MIT lightweight four (14:25) finished 15th and the heavyweight "B" four finished 19th (14:32). The MIT heavyweight "C" four finished 30th (15:17) after getting involved in an accident with another MIT lightweight boat and a Harvard boat.

Other boats finish well

The MIT "D" four finished 33rd, beating Boston College's top boat in the race.

The freshmen got a second race under their belts, with the MIT first freshman eight finishing a very respectable ninth out of 38 (13:54). The freshman Beavers beat first boats from Boston College, Brandeis University, and Massachusetts Maritime College, but finished behind league-rivals Dartmouth University (13:23) and Harvard (12:45) who they will race again in the spring.

The Foot of the Charles marks the last race of the term for the heavyweight crew team. Their next race is against the University of Miami in Miami, Florida, during the squad's two-week training trip to the sunshine state in January.