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Women’s Crew Defeats Radcliffe

By Elina Groberman

TEAM MEMBER

In an early morning race last Saturday, MIT varsity lightweight women’s four beat out Radcliffe's lightweights. The victory marks a turnaround from an earlier race against Radcliffe and Princeton, where MIT finished behind.

Participating in Saturday’s race were MIT varsity and novice lightweights, as well as Radcliffe’s varsity lightweight and novice openweight fours. Rowing for MIT’s varsity four, from bow to stern, were Chandra J. Claycamp ’03, Elina Groberman ’04, Jeanette C. Fershtman ’04, Sarah K. Yenson ’03 and coxswain Alison J. Klesman ’04.

MIT varsity lightweights raced the 2000-meter course in 8:07.7. Taking the lead off the start, MIT fought for more open water all the way down the racecourse. When Radcliffe began to come back, MIT responded, encouraged by cheers coming from the MIT boathouse, and continued to widen the gap. Although Radcliffe is known for fighting to the end, they could do little to save the race.

MIT’s novice lightweights held Radcliffe’s novices almost to the end, when they fell behind because of equipment breakage. Also racing last Saturday were MIT varsity and novice eights. Facing Boston University and Radcliffe crews, both eights rowed hard but finished behind the other crews.

Next Sunday the entire MIT women’s crew team will travel to Camden, New Jersey to participate in Eastern Sprints. With two rowers and a coxswain graduating in June, the lightweight varsity four is determined to bring home a medal. MIT’s main rivals in the lightweight fours race will be Princeton, Radcliffe, and last year’s winner, the University of Wisconsin.