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After Win, Varsity Crew Anticipates Strong Season

By Michael Whitaker


The MIT varsity crews won gold in the men’s club eight and gold and silver in the men’s open fours races at the Head of the Ohio regatta in Pittsburgh this past weekend.

Starting first out of eleven crews, the MIT eight rowed from Pittsburgh Steelers’ Heinz Field 2.75 miles up the Allegheny River to the 40th Street Bridge in 11:43. Throughout the race MIT steadily increased the lead over the other crews, reaching a final margin of over 2 minutes.

The crew, led by coxswain Craig J. Rothman ’05, consisted of stroke John J. Cooley ’05, Robert A. Fiqueiredo ’05, Andy Hill ’05, John B. Miller ’05, Michael P. Whitaker ’06, John J. Bergin ’06, Martin E. Harrysson ’07, and Nicholas J. Barsley CMI.

Not two hours after finishing the club eight race the MIT Oarsmen were at it again. The eight man team was divided into two fours who competed in the same 2.75 mile race to win gold and silver with times of 17:39 and 17:58 respectively.

Craig J. Rothman ’05 coxed John J. Cooley stroke, ’05, John B. Miller ’05, Andy Hill ’05, and Robert A. Fiqueiredo ’05 in the first place four and Joyce-Marie Gallagher ’08 coxed stroke Nicholas J. Barsley CMI, Michael P. Whitaker‘06, John J. Bergin ’06, and Martin E. Harrysson ’07 to a second place finish.

“We sustained our speed pretty well through the course,” Six-seat rower Andy Hill ’05 said of the eights race. “Usually that’s hard to do this early in the season, but after the first mile or so, the other boats just started looking smaller.”

The heavyweights were housed and fed by local alumnus Christopher R. Ryan SM ’72 and his wife, and wish to thank them for their hospitality. The crew looks to build on this early performance with competitive results throughout the fall season. The crew competes on Oct. 16 in the New Hampshire Championships, Oct. 23 and 24 in the Head of the Charles, and Nov. 20 in the Foot of the Charles.

With a solid victory under their feet the crew hopes to medal in the Collegiate Eight race at the Head of the Charles, a feat not accomplished by MIT Heavyweights in a number of years.