May 16, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - MIT crew opened the postseason portion of its spring slate with an encouraging performance at the EARC Championships. The varsity eight highlighted the weekend for the Engineers, rowing an impressive clip of 5:53.8 in the Third Level Final.
With the 2005 Eastern Sprints boasting one of the most competitive runnings ever of the regatta, Tech's varsity eight closed fast on the field in the last 500 meters and finished less than one second behind Syracuse University. The Engineers split a season-best 5:53 en route to 16th in the overall standings, although Yale University finished isxth in the Grand Final with a time of 5:46.1.
Harvard University set a course record with a time of 5:29.52 in winning the EARC crown, outdueling the big boat from Princeton, which finished just over a second back.
MIT's heavyweight squad rowed three boats in the finals, including a freshman eight and a second varsity eight. The Engineers will look to carry their success at Eastern Sprints to the IRA National Championships in Cherry Hill, N.J., and continue to show some of the speed the team has been suggesting for the last few weeks.