May. 1, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT men's heavyweight crew finished third in races for two different trophies this weekend, opening the stretch with a solid performance in the Cochrane Cup before yielding another third-place finish in the Jablonic Cup.
Quick currents resulted in exceptionally fast times in Hanover, N.H, Saturday afternoon. Despite the difficult course conditions, MIT's varsity eight enjoyed an impressive start and pressed Dartmouth and Wisconsin for the first 700 meters. Around the mid-way point, the more powerful crews put some distance on the Engineers, while a late surge by the Big Green enabled Dartmouth to power to victory in the last 400 meters.
The following day in Boston, the Engineers hit the Charles River for the Jablonic Cup against Boston University and Wisconsin. Unfortunately, the Cardinal and Gray didn't start nearly as strong as the previous day, gradually losing distance against the leaders from the start. The Badgers shot off the line and staked a length lead on BU by the 700-meter mark. The Terriers responded to Wisconsin's quick start with a monster middle effort that pushed Boston in front where it continued to build a lead through the final stretch.
MIT's novice crew enjoyed a much better start on Sunday than at the Cochrane Cup, and combined with a better boat rhythm, kept the Engineers within striking distance most of the race. Making some internal changes for Sunday's tilt, the second varsity also performed better, putting Tech on pace for its best racing of the season with the EARC Sprints just two weeks away.