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Men’s Lightweight Crew closes season at Nationals

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The MIT men’s lightweight crew team traveled to California for the 111th annual IRA National Championship Regatta, which took place from Friday, May 31 through Sunday, June 2. Tech entered one varsity four boat in the championships, competing in their first race early on Sunday morning.

In the second of two heats in the elimination round, MIT finished in fourth place with a time of 6:55.46, just a few seconds slower than their best time this season. Harvard was first in at 6:43.07 and was followed directly by the University of Wisconsin with a time of 6:43.25, while MSO Crew was third with a 6:50.89. The Engineers moved on to the Petite Final that competed later on in the day.

Just three boats competed in the Petite Final of the lightweight four event, the last race of the weekend. Right from the beginning, MIT settled into second place behind Columbia and remained there for the remainder of the race. The Engineers completed the course with a time of 6:58.28, while Columbia was first in 6:54.28 and Penn was third with a time of 7:11.30.

—Charlotte Brackett