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Varsity Heavyweight Edges Out Williams

By Karl Richter

MIT’s varsity heavyweight crew has regained momentum and confidence after defeating Williams College on April 10 in Worcester, MA. The freshmen also won easily, improving their record to 3-0 this spring, while the junior varsity just missed Williams in a close contest.

At 45 strokes per minute off the start, the varsity squad found themselves half a length up on Williams within the first 20 strokes of the race on a windy Lake Quinsigamond. Apparently, Coach Gordon Hamilton’s attention to starting drills during the week’s practice remedied the lethargic attempts which had plagued the favored MIT varsity off-the-line in last weekend’s season-opening loss to Columbia University. The varsity may also have found some speed with a lineup change, as well, as Jeb Keiper ’99 moved into the three-seat of the varsity from the junior varsity boat. The rest of the team consisted of Bob Broderick ’99 (cox), Karl Richter ’99 (stroke), Christopher Penny ’01, Mike Perry ’99, Daniel Parker ’99, Damon McMillan ’00, Solar Olugebefola ’99, and Eugene Weinstein ’00 (bow).

Racing more aggressively and with better rhythm than they had demonstrated in New York, the Engineers were able to move out on Williams decisively at several points during the race. Williams mustered a valiant response by surging back each time, but MIT was able to hold them and control the race from the lead. MIT covered the 2000 meter course in 5:53.6 to Williams’ 5:56.6.

Connecticut College (6:03.4) and Massachusetts Maritime Academy (6:25.6) added some excitement through the early part of the varsity race before being left in the wake of the two leaders.

In the junior varsity race, the Engineers and Williams again battled side-by-side down the course. This time, however, Williams (6:00.3) won the struggle over the MIT squad (6:03.3) which consisted of Winnie Yang ’02 (cox), Greg Bollrud ’99 (stroke), Mike Dewberry ’00, Andrew Copeland ’01, Mark Jhon ’01, James Snyder ’01, Mike Salamina ’00, Igor Belakovskiy ’01, and Melahn Parker ’01 (bow).

The MIT first freshmen (6:19.6) avoided the close contests that the varsity crews faced by taking an open water lead from Williams (6:32.6) and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (6:32.6) within the first 500 meters and leaving their two opponents behind behind to fight one another.

The MIT heavyweights race next on April 17 in Princeton, N.J., against Princeton University and Harvard University, the first and second ranked crews in the Eastern Sprints League. Princeton is the defending Collegiate National champion.