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Lightweight Crew Falls to Yale

Men Lose to Number One Ranked University by 15 Seconds

By Lauren Owens and Megan Galbraith

TEAM MEMBERS

MIT women’s crew raced the University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth, and Smith College last Saturday on the Charles River.

MIT’s first varsity boat placed second in its race with a time of 7:18.7. They lost to Dartmouth (7:06.91) by 11 seconds and beat both UNH (7:20.27) and Smith (7:26.51). This year’s performance was an improvement over last year’s, when MIT lost to Dartmouth by 22 seconds.

Racing in MIT’s first varsity boat were coxswain Karissa D. Patterson ’03, Anne M. Latham ’02, Jessica L. Wargo ’04, Danielle S. Smith ’02, Jill A. Rosenfeld ’02, Tenley D. McHarg ’04, Katherine S. Graham ’01, Margaret F. Nervegna ’01, and Kristen E. Cook ’04.

“The body of our race felt very solid, and I’m pleased with the outcome,” said Graham, the captain of the women’s varsity team. “We hadn’t beaten UNH and Smith in at least the last two years.”

The MIT lightweight women’s boat also had a strong race. They competed in the JV openweight event and finished in 7:29.23, only .54 seconds behind Dartmouth. The Dartmouth JV boat caught an over-the-head crab near the 1000-meter mark.

The MIT lights led the race in the third 500 meters, but Dartmouth came back in the final sprint to win with a time of 7:28.69. MIT beat both UNH (7:58.05) and Smith (7:52.16) by over 20 seconds.

Racing in MIT’s lightweight boat were coxswain Nirupama S. Rao ’04, Lisabeth L. Willey ’02, Hillary K. Rolls ’02, Seaeun Kim ’01, Chandra J. Claycamp ’03, Sarah K. Yenson ’03, Lesley D. Frame ’04, Megan L. Galbraith ’01, and Aditi Garg ’03.

In the varsity four event, Smith raced the stern four rowers from their first varsity boat and beat MIT by four seconds, 8:12.28 to 8:16.1. MIT took second place in the race, beating two Dartmouth fours, who finished with times of 8:22.92 and 8:29.71.

MIT’s novice eight rowed a solid race, and improved over last year’s performance in the novice race against Dartmouth, even though they came in fourth (7:55.83).

For the last race of the day, the MIT lightweight women raced Tufts’ lightweight eight. MIT won by several boatlengths of open water.

Men’s lightweight takes on Yale

The lightweight men raced Yale in Connecticut last Saturday. Last year, Yale came in second in the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges sprints and won the national championship.

The MIT men made a strong stand against the number one-ranked Yale boats. In the first varsity race, Yale gained ground against MIT immediately. But MIT raced back up, regaining the distance on a turn in the course in the first thousand meters.

MIT (5:41.8) lost to Yale (5:27.2) by less than 15 seconds in the first varsity race, an eight-second improvement over last year. Racing in the first varsity boat were coxswain Shana L. Diez ’02, Zachery A. Lavalley ’03, Steven Carr ’01, Kevin E. Schmidt ’01, Antonio B. Garza ’02, Nodari S. Sitchinava ’02, John H. Dise ’03, Eric A. Dauler ’02, and Mark D. Laughter ’02.

In the second varsity eight event, MIT (5:43.9) lost to Yale’s second varsity boat (5:28.2), but put on another strong performance. The Engineers improved the gap between the two crews by 15 seconds from last year’s times.

“I don’t know how many other teams in the league (can say they) are within fourteen seconds of Yale,” said Ian Hutton, the men’s lightweight coach.

The second varsity boat consisted of coxswain Sandi S. Lin ’03, Michael T. Donohue ’03, Luke N. Shulenburger ’02, Adam C. Reynolds ’01, Eric F. Swart ’03, Richard M. Hanna ’01, William J. Arora ’03, John C. Ho ’02, and Eamon F. Walsh ’03.

The MIT men lost to Yale in both the first and second novice races by margins of 25 and 39 seconds respectively. These losses are tempered by knowledge that much of Yale’s novice squad is made up of experienced rowers, some of whom have rowed at the international level.

“We’re confident that with this type of progress, we can steadily move up the ranks and find ourselves contending for a medal at this year’s Eastern Sprints in May,” said Reynolds.

This coming weekend, the MIT men are at home and the women are in Philadelphia. The heavyweight men race Columbia on Saturday, and the lightweight men race the U.S. Military Academy on Sunday. On Saturday, the MIT women take on Georgetown, Drexel, and St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia.