MIT Finishes 11th in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup RankingsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – For the second year in a row MIT placed 11th among all Division III schools in the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) annual Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The Engineers’ Institute-best finish once again registered as the highest performance by the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
Lightweight Men’s Crew Finishes Cup Season with Strong ShowingCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Lightweight Men’s Crew traveled to Philadelphia this past weekend for races against the University of Delaware and the University of Pennsylvania. The Engineers have been building speed all season, so they hoped to close the gap in these races and record competitive times for the league. The conditions on the Schuylkill River were extremely fast, with a strong tail current and a moderate tail wind both pushing crews toward the finish line.
Freshman Four Finishes First at Geiger CupCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The men’s lightweight team traveled to Pelham, N.Y. this past weekend to take on Eastern Sprints rivals Columbia University, Cornell University, and Georgetown University. Although the squad has seen considerable increases in speed over the past month, it would not be enough to bring home the cup. However, the Engineers didn’t leave New York empty handed as the freshman 4+ comprised of Nathan Miller, David Couto, Derek Kita, Antuan Weeks, and Henry Skupniewicz finished 10 seconds ahead of Columbia and 13 seconds in front of Georgetown to secure the victory.
MIT Crews Gear Up for Head of the CharlesCambridge, Mass. The madness has begun for the four MIT varsity crew squads, who are preparing for their biggest competition of the fall season, this weekends historic Head of the Charles regatta. The Head of the Charles, which marks the only weekend in which all four varsity crews will compete at the same regatta, is the worlds largest two-day rowing event. The regatta will feature several different disciplines and levels of competition.
Skip Dise ’03 and Stephen Young ’09 Named to 2010 World Rowing Championship TeamWEST WINDSOR, N.J. – MIT alums Skip Dise (CE ’03) and Stephen Young (ME ’09) will represent the United States at the 2010 World Rowing Championships which will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 7 in Lake Karapiro, New Zealand as announced by USRowing. The Engineers will occupy both ends of this year’s lightweight eight with Young sitting in the coxswain seat and Dise rowing bow seat. Dise returns to international competition after earning a silver medal in the lightweight men’s eight at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland. This will mark Young’s first year as a member of the USRowing National Team.
MIT Ranks Fourth Among All NCAA Institutions in 2010 NCSA Collegiate Power RankingsCHICAGO, Ill. – The National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) recently announced its eighth annual Collegiate Power Rankings. Following another tremendous year, the Engineers were listed fourth overall in securing their highest ranking in the history of the report. The NCSA Athletic Recruiting’s Collegiate Power Rankings assess the academic and athletics standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country. The Power Rankings were developed to help prospective student athletes and their families evaluate the particular strengths of the top colleges and universities at the Division I, II and III levels.
MIT Names Will Oliver as Mens Lightweight Head CoachCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Tony Kilbridge, MITs Director of Rowing, announced the hiring of Will Oliver as the new head coach of the mens lightweight team on Tuesday. Oliver joins the Engineers following a one-year stint as an assistant coach with Georgetown Universitys mens heavyweight team.
Ted Benford and Andy Hilton Step Down from MIT Mens Lightweight Coaching PostsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. Julie Soriero, MIT Director of Athletics, announced the departures of Ted Benford and Andy Hilton from the lightweight mens rowing program on Monday. Benford, who served as the Engineers head coach for the past five seasons, will be returning to Northeastern University as the associate head coach. Following a three-year stint at MIT, Hilton will be going back to Dartmouth College, his alma mater, as the assistant heavyweight coach.