CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – It was the official start of the crew season for MIT’s heavyweight and lightweight crew teams this weekend as both had entries in the prestigious Head of the Charles competition held on the Charles River. A pair of eights from each team plied the waters of the Charles in the world-famous event.
MIT fielded a pair of young squads in the lightweight competition, with the best result coming from the varsity lightweight eight crew that was in the Lightweight Eight division on Sunday. That team placed 14th in 15:57.60, finishing ahead of a crew from Cornell and just behind crews from Princeton and Harvard. Rowing first on Saturday, the JV lightweight eight crew was in the Club Eights field where they finished 24th with an effort of 16:37.98
Also fielding a pair of young crews, MIT’s heavyweight teams both rowed on Sunday. The varsity eights boat competed in the Championship Eights division in a large field and completed the three-mile course up the Charles in a time of 16:14.84 to place 33rd. The JV eights crew was entered in the Collegiate Eights division where the team had a solid effort of just over 16 minutes, but was penalized back to a time of 17:51.01 that dropped them back 15 slots to 39th.
“Given our relative inexperience I would say that the lightweight men were happy with their performance,” said MIT lightweight head coach Will Oliver. “We feel like we’ve added a lot of speed this fall and come a long way with a group of very young rowers. We would have liked to have seen that show a little more in the results, but overall we felt the crews rowed well.”
Men's Heavyweight - Championship 8 (Bow #29)
Men's Heavyweight - Collegiate 8 (Bow #33)
Men's Lightweight 8 (Bow #13)
Men's Lightweight - Club 8 (Bow #23)