April 11, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - MIT's varsity heavyweight crew defeated Trinity College, Williams College and WPI to take home the Donahue Cup for the third consecutive year. The Engineers, ranked No. 20 in the latest USRowing Collegiate Poll, dominated from the start en route to the win.
The cup is traditionally contested between Williams, WPI and MIT. When Trinity joined the competition this year, the race became a showdown between the three top-ranked New England Division III crews (No. 1 Trinity, No. 2 Williams and No. 3), plus MIT. The Engineers faced stiff competition from all these crews. Williams had won the 2008 Head of the Charles in the collegiate division, and Trinity was ranked 18th among all American college crews.
In the event on Saturday, it was no contest. MIT started fast and led the entire way. The Engineers held off a determined finishing charge by Trinity to cross the line in 5:50.3, followed by Trinity (5:52.55), Williams, (5:53.86) and WPI (6:03.55).
MIT's freshman crew remained undefeated, beating Trinity by nearly four seconds, despite catching a crab and breaking a rigger 250 meters before the finish line.