Nov. 18, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT's varsity heavyweight crew wrapped up a solid fall season with a good row against fast competition in the Foot of the Charles regatta. The Foot, which began as in informal scrimmage in four-man shells among the college crews that call the Charles River home, has grown to a hotly-contested race including teams from Dartmouth and Army, along with Boston's local contingent - MIT, Harvard, Northeastern, Boston University and Boston College.
MIT's varsity eight broke into fours for the race, and it's "A" four defeated the "A" boats from Dartmouth, Boston College and Army en route to a 17th-place out of 38 crews. The Engineers secured their position in the team standings despite taking a detour to avoid a pile-up under the BU Bridge.
First-year coach Tony Kilbridge was satisfied with his crew's performance. "We knew we had our hands full going into this race," said Kilbridge, "and the guys rowed as well as I could have hoped."
Reflecting on his team's position at the end of the fall season, Kilbridge added, "Our team is small - only about 12 guys - and young, but we can be successful if we build on the work we've done this fall with a really good effort over the winter."
In December, the Engineers will head indoors, to train on land until their January training trip to Cocoa Beach, Florida.