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Freshmen Heavyweight Crew


By Susan Buchman and Ming-Tai Huh


Although the freshmen heavyweight crew team has accumulated an impressive 5-0 record this spring, the performance is not surprising from a team that regularly beats the varsity crew.

The first boat took fourth place in the Head of the Charles freshman race last October, beating powerhouses Brown and Princeton, and also beating Syracuse University, a school which awards rowing scholarships. As soon as the river thawed this spring, the team returned to the business of blowing away other teams, the latest victims being Williams and Connecticut College on Saturday and Boston College on Sunday. In both races, the team won by several boat lengths.

Perhaps the team will face its first true challenge this weekend, when they take on Harvard and Princeton on the Charles River. Even if they lose, no one doubts that great things are ahead for the men’s heavyweight crew program.

Team Members

Name: Coach Steve Hope

History: Coach Hope graduated from Princeton University in 1992, where he was captain of the lightweight crew team. This is his first year of coaching at MIT.

Name: Stephen Bathurst ’03

Hometown: Oakland, CA

Goals for the season: My goals for the season are to make the finals at Eastern sprints and to beat Dartmouth.

Name: Patrick Buckley ’03

Hometown: New York, NY

Goals for the season: “To be able to row a focused race every time we’re on the racecourse. I think that if we do that, we’ll win a lot of races.”

Name: Shelli Farhadian ’03

Hometown: Englewood Cliffs, NJ

aaName: Steve Hoberman ’01

Hometown: Austin, TX

Name: Allan Lai ’03

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Goals for the season: “I want to win sprints.”

Name: Martin Tolliver ’03

Hometown: Lousiville, KY

Goals for the season: “I don’t really have any goals. Row really fast.”

Name: Coach Brian Smith G

History: Coach Smith ’97 rowed varsity heavyweight crew as an MIT undergraduate. He is now a grad student at MIT.

Name: Thomas Becker ’03

Hometown: Rockaway Park, NY

Goals for the season: “To do better than any MIT crew in recent history.”

Name: Daniel Craig ’03

Hometown: Arcadia, OK

Goals for the season: “To win as many races as possible, grow together as a team, and have a lot of fun.”

Name: Hesky Fisher ’02

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Goals for the season: “To win lots of races.”

Name: Allon Hochbaum ’03

Hometown: Berkeley, CA

Goals for the season: “Right now, make the first boat -- I just got booted off this morning. And [make] finals at Eastern sprints.”

Name: Michael Ramos ’03

Hometown: Lima, Peru

Goals for the season: “To become huge! And, of course, do well at Eastern sprints.”

Name: Matthew Waldon ’03

Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC

Goals for the season: “To win a lot of races, and just have fun as a crew. There’s a lot of great guys: it’s a great crew.”

Name: Nicholas Abercrombie ’03

Hometown: East Lyme, CT

Name: Jonathan Berkow ’03

Hometown: Vestivia Hills, AL

Goals for the season: “Being the coxswain, one of my goals for the season is to get the rowers to move the boat as fast as they can every time they take a stroke and, obviously, because we are a competitive crew, if at the same time we win some races, that’s great too.”

Name: Eric Downes ’03

Hometown: W. Palm Beach, FL

Goals for the season: “Beat Harvard, or come as close to beating them as we physically can.”

Name: Stephen Harsany ’03

Hometown: Lake Mary, FL

Goals for the season: “To have a good time during pass/no record and to win as much as possible in the process.”

Name: Joshua Kubit ’03

Hometown: Berkeley, CA

Goals for the season: “My goal for the season is to make the boat go as fast as possible.”

Name: Marcos Rodriguez ’02

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Name: Collins Ward ’03

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Goals for the season: “My goals for the season are to win as many racing shirts as possible and to get huge in the process.” Related stories: