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On Saturday, March 24, the MIT Openweight Women’s Crew team opened the spring season at the 6th annual Beanpot Regatta. MIT competed against crews from Harvard-Radcliffe, Northeastern, Boston College and Boston University in the regatta that pits the Charles River’s D-I teams against each other. All the boats faced tough conditions on choppy water and a strong tail wind.

The first varsity 4 faced stiff competition and finished fifth in its race with a time of 8:05.4. The second varsity 4 led the day with a strong race, fighting to maintain contact with the crew from Northeastern to finish in third place with a time of 8:01.0. In the second varsity 8, MIT finished fifth with a time of 7:08.2.

The varsity 8 race was Tech’s closest race of the day. While Radcliffe and Boston University took an early lead, MIT battled with Northeastern for third place down the entire length of the course. The crews remained nearly even over the entire length of the race. MIT finished in 6:38.9, only 0.6 seconds behind Northeastern, the closest margin MIT has ever had with the 9th ranked crew in the EAWRC conference.

Jean H. Sack ’13, bow seat in the varsity boat, said, “I am incredibly excited about the speed and camaraderie that we have already found this season. Saturday proved that we are the fastest we have ever been, and are ready to see what we can do going forward!”

The Engineers spent spring break training on the river and are preparing to travel to Washington, D.C. for the George Washington Invitation on April 6 and 7 to compete against teams including Navy, George Washington, Duquesne and Georgetown.