CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Three weeks into the spring racing season, the men's heavyweight crew has seen successes and setbacks. The varsity heavies, lacking enough athletes to field an 8, have been competing in a coxed 4 this spring. The freshman heavies have been racing their usual Eastern Sprints schedule in an 8.
On the first Saturday of racing, April 2, Tech's freshmen raced Northeastern University in high winds and waves on the Charles, losing decisively. The next weekend, Tech's varsity 4 traveled to Camden, N.J., for their first appearance at the Knecht Cup. The crew finished fifth out of a field of 24. Meanwhile, on Lake Quinsigamond, Tech's freshmen defeated Williams College and the University of Rochester by several lengths in the Donahue Cup regatta.
On April 11, the varsity 4 took revenge on Boston College, one of the crews that had beaten them at the Knecht Cup. The Engineers defeated the Eagles by 40 seconds on the Charles River. The same day, Tech's frosh finished well behind Harvard University and Princeton University at the Compton Cup in Princeton, N.J. One week later, on April 23, both the varsity 4 and the freshman 8 raced Colgate University, at home. The freshmen won easily, finishing thirty seconds ahead of Colgate. The Colgate varsity 4 was another crew that had beaten Tech at the Knecht Cup. The rematch was incredibly close, with MIT surging ahead of Colgate at the finish line by less than one foot.
Next up for Tech's freshman heavies is the Cochrane Cup, against Dartmouth and Wisconsin, on April 30 in Hanover, N.H. They will then race at the Eastern Sprints, on May 15. Tech's varsity 4 will finish its season at the Dad Vail Regatta, in Philadelphia on May 13 and 14.
Courtesy of Tony Kilbridge, Head Coach