June 2, 2007
Stephen Young '09
CHERRY HILL, N.J. - Competing in the varsity four with coxswain, MIT's men's heavyweight crew team earned a second-place finish in the Petite Final at the IRA National Championship. Overall, the Engineers ranked eighth of 31 crews in their event.
Due to a lack of seeding data, race officials replaced the standard system of heats and repechages with a 1,750-meter time trial. MIT earned a slot in the "A" semifinal following a fourth-place performance with a time of 5:33.5. The next day, the Engineers struggled to bounce back from a slow start and missed a bid for the grand final by 1.2 seconds. However, the Cardinal and Gray's strong outing in the time trial ensured it a spot in the Petite Final.
Behind a quick start, Tech led the field to the 500-meter mark in the Petite Final. UMass mounted a charge by throwing in several moves before the halfway point. The Engineers countered with a few bursts of their own, trailing by a seat at 1,000 meters. Entering the final 500 meters, the Minutemen were ahead by three-quarters of a length. With 250 meters left, MIT narrowed the gap and picked up two seats on UMass during the last 10 strokes. It would not be enough as the Engineers crossed the line about a deck behind the Minutemen.