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Women’s Crew Falls to Georgetown, Bounces Back with Win over St. Joe’s

By Lauren Owens

TEAM MEMBER

The women’s crew team raced this past weekend on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia against St. Joseph’s University and Georgetown. Although the team lost their races to Georgetown in the morning, all boats won their races against St. Joe’s in the afternoon.

In the first race of the morning, MIT’s novice eight squared off against Georgetown. MIT struggled with rhythm and timing in the first 500 meters, and although the boat performed well through the middle 1000 meters and the sprint, coxswain Maria E. Tanner ’04 said, “We lost Georgetown in the start and never caught back up. We rowed well, but Georgetown rowed faster with more power.” MIT (7:14.72) finished several boat lengths behind Georgetown (6:47.31).

The novices made up for their morning race by beating undefeated St. Joe’s in the afternoon. MIT’s boat took charge from the start and led through the whole race, having one of their best sprints yet. They beat St. Joe’s (7:13.72) with a time of 7:06.7. Rowers in the novice boat were (bow to stern) Kavitha S. Ramaswamy ’04, Emily B. Fox ’04, Talia M. Kingsbury ’00, Jaryn E. Finch ’04, Sarah A. Nowak ’04, Megan S. Goldman ’04, Meredith L. Gerber ’04, Joy M. Forsythe ’04, and coxswain Tanner.

The lightweight eight had an extremely close race against Georgetown in the morning. Lesley D. Frame ’04 said “the lightweight varsity boat felt great during the warm-up, but it was a little rocky on the start [of the race].” Despite their start, the lightweights kept it a close race, finishing only two seconds behind Georgetown (6:43.45) with a time of 6:45.71.

In the afternoon race against St. Joe’s, MIT’s eight had a great start and pulled ahead of St. Joe’s right away. MIT finished well before St. Joe’s (6:54.20) with a time of 6:45.84. St. Joe’s is known for their lightweight team, making MIT’s lights very happy with their victory. Chandra J. Claycamp ’03 said, “It was great beating up on the sixth-ranked lightweight team.” Bow to stern, the lightweight boat was made up of Aditi Garg ’03, Margaret F. Nervegna ’01, Frame, Sarah K. Yenson ’03, Claycamp, Senna Kim ’01, Hillary K. Rolls ’02, Liz L. Willey ’02, and coxswain Nirupama S. Rao ’04.

The first varsity boat had an exciting race against Georgetown in the morning. MIT came off the start powerfully, but caught a crab in the first 25 strokes and lost a few seats to Georgetown. Georgetown continued to gain up through the 750-meter mark, but MIT made up distance between the two boats through the third 500 meters, walking back up on Georgetown.

“It was solid and strong, but we slowed down on the sprint and ended approximately bow to stern,” said team captain Kate S. Graham ’01. MIT (6:42.00) crossed the line about six seconds behind Georgetown’s varsity eight (6:35.71).

In their second race, against St. Joe’s (6:52.46), MIT won with a time of 6:48.24. The two boats stayed even through the first 500 meters, but then MIT began moving away from St. Joe’s. By the sprint, MIT’s eight had put some open water between the boats; they had a solid sprint and finished four seconds ahead of St. Joe’s. MIT’s varsity eight was raced by Kristen E. Cook ’04, Danielle M. Schumaker ’03, Graham, Tenley D. McHarg ’04, Jill A. Rosenfeld ’02, Danielle S. Smith ’02, Jessica L. Wargo ’04, Anne M. Latham ’02, and coxswain Karissa D. Patterson ’03.

Georgetown didn’t have a varsity four to race, so MIT’s varsity four raced St. Joe’s Saturday afternoon. Because of the curve of the course at the start, MIT began the race slightly ahead. MIT’s four used the start to their advantage and moved steadily through St. Joe’s throughout the first 750 meters, gaining open water by the halfway mark of the race. MIT won the race, beating St. Joe’s (7:34.30) with a time of 7:29.69. Racing in MIT’s varsity four were Katie A. Butler ’03, Julie E. Zeskind ’01, Christine A. Karlovich ’02, Cristina M. Costantino ’03, and coxswain Christina Chen ’03. MIT’s novice four raced Georgetown in the morning and lost with a time of 8:19.87 to Georgetown’s 7:47.31.

Provided Lake Quinsigamond thaws, this weekend the MIT women will take on WPI, Connecticut College, and Williams at Worcester.