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Men's Lightweight Crew Defeats Dartmouth but Falls to Harvard

By Christopher Liu
Team Member

Last Saturday, the lightweight crew team participated in the annual Biglin Bowl Regatta between Harvard University, Dartmouth College, and MIT. This year, the three teams squared off at the Dartmouth home course on the Connecticut River in Hanover. The Regatta start was delayed due to bad conditions. Even during the races, conditions along the race course were poor, with all races facing both a stiff head wind and choppy water.

The freshman lightweights had tough opponents in Harvard and Dartmouth. Early in the race, Harvard and Dartmouth pulled ahead and began to fight each other for the lead. The freshman rowed hard and well, but with Harvard and Dartmouth driving each other to faster speeds, they could not hold pace. Harvard won the race in 6:03, Dartmouth was close behind at 6:05, and MIT finished a far third at 6:24.

The junior varsity team faced the same problem that the freshman had. Dartmouth and Harvard were so closely matched in speed that they fed off each other's competition and left MIT behind. MIT fell out of the running early in the race, and rowed to a disappointing 6:38 behind Harvard and Dartmouth's photo finish times of 5:54.2 and 5:54.3 respectively.

The varsity race was both disappointing and satisfactory. Although the Engineers could not surpass Harvard's speed, they did defeat Dartmouth. MIT has not beaten Dartmouth in this Regatta in several years. The Engineers showed good speed early in the race and led to the 500 meter mark by two seats over Harvard and a full length over Dartmouth. However, a recurring speed problem in the second 500 meters allowed Harvard to take back the lead. Dartmouth, still hanging on at one length down, moved on MIT in the final sprint, but a rally by MIT in the final 20 strokes of the race pushed Dartmouth back. Harvard won the race in 5:49, MIT came in second in 6:03, and Dartmouth finished last in 6:05.

This weekend the lightweights will face Cornell and Columbia here on the Charles River.