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MIT Women’s Crew Falls To Radcliffe, BU Squads

Team to Participate in Eastern Sprints

By Lauren Owens

TEAM MEMBER

Despite strong performances from MIT crews, the women’s crew team lost to high-ranked Radcliffe and Boston University in a race at home this past weekend.

In the junior varsity race that began the day, MIT came off the start even with BU and a few seats behind Radcliffe. Through the first 500 meters, MIT’s boat kept contact with BU.

“The JV boat fell back about a boat length through the bridge,” said Cristina M. Costantino ’03. “But [we] brought it up a little with a powerful move in the third 500 just as we were going by our boathouse.”

Radcliffe won the race with a time of 6:53.5, and MIT finished in (7:30.9) with some open water between itself and the BU boat (7:11.4).

Racing in the junior varsity boat were Meredith L. Gerber ’04, Jaryn E. Finch ’04, Sarah A. Nowak ’04, Lauren E. Owens ’03, Katherine E. Butler ’03, Tenley D. McHarg ’04, Jessica L. Wargo ’04, Costantino, and coxswain Nirupama S. Rao ’04.

The varsity race began with a slight crosswind blowing. MIT had great boat speed in the first 500 meters, but slowed down into the middle of the race and subsequently had trouble regaining their speed.

MIT, recently ranked 18th in an Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges coaching poll, finished with a time of 7:16.1. Sixth-ranked Radcliffe came in second (6:42.0) and BU, ranked fifth, won the race (6:39.7).

The MIT varsity boat was made up of Christine A. Karlovich ’02, Danielle M. Schumaker ’03, Jill A. Rosenfeld ’02, Megan S. Goldman ’04, Katherine S. Graham ’01, Danielle S. Smith ’02, Kristen E. Cook ’04, Anne M. Latham ’02, and coxswain Karissa D. Patterson ’03.

MIT’s lightweights finished the day with an incredible race against Radcliffe. Despite a rocky warmup and a time-consuming alignment at the start, MIT stayed with Radcliffe off throughout the race.

“We came into it worried about whether or not we could hold them and race as well and we could,”said Chandra Claycamp. “From the first stroke we really battled them down the race course.”

MIT took a move against Radcliffe early in the race and responded aggressively to Radcliffe’s attempts to pull away. Radcliffe, ranked fourth in the country, finished only four seconds ahead of MIT (7:19.3).

Racing in MIT’s lightweight boast were Aditi Garg ’03, Margaret F. Nervegna ’01, Lesley D. Frame ’04, Sarah K. Yenson ’03, Chandra J. Claycamp ’03, Seaeun Kim ’01, Hillary K. Rolls ’02, Lisabeth L. Willey ’02, and coxswain Alison J. Klesman ’03 raced MIT’s lightweight boat.

This Sunday, the MIT women travel to Camden, New Jersey to compete in the Eastern Sprints.