CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT men's lightweight crew team traveled to Ithaca, N.Y. this past weekend for the annual Geiger Cup race featuring Columbia University and Cornell University. The conditions were favorable with a light tailwind and calm water.
The freshmen race led things off as the Engineers (6:14.7) notched a three-second victory over Columbia (6:17.7), but didn't have an answer for Cornell's squad which crossed the line with a time of 6:01.4.
In the varsity competition, MIT took an early lead over Columbia with an aggressive first 1,000. However, the Cardinal and Gray was unable to maintain the momentum when it entered the course's first of two turns. Columbia pushed its bow in front and went on to claim a 3.5 second victory over MIT. Cornell retained the Geiger Cup by logging a time of 5:52.2, finishing ahead of both boats.
The final race of the morning was the 3V 4+s. MIT's mixed crew of varsity and freshmen raced hard but came in third (7:12.7) behind Cornell A (6:49.2) and Cornell B (6:51.5).