CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's crew program closed out the fall portion of its seasons today with the Engineers having a number of crews entered in the Foot of the Charles competition. MIT had four entries in the Varsity 4+ field while also fielding four crews in the Freshman of 8+ competition.
MIT's best result of the day came in the Freshman 8+ race where the MIT 150 A boat finished fifth overall in the field of 21 with a time of 13:35.8, edging the Harvard 150 A boat by nearly five seconds. The MIT 150 B entry was next for the Engineers, posting a 14:50.3 time to finish 15th. Completing the MIT entries were the MIT A crew that finished in 15:08.2 and the 150 C boat that posted a 16:47.9.
In the first fours racing of the season for MIT, the MIT a crew placed 29th with a time of 14:14.0, finished within four second of crews from Boston University and Brown. The MIT 150 A boat was the next Engineer entry in the final results, posting a time of 14:44.5, with the MIT B entry just behind in 14:49.2. Rounding out the MIT results was the 150 C crew that crossed the line in 15:37.5.
"We were exceptionaly proud of the way our freshmen boats performed," said Will Oliver, Head Coach of the MIT Lightweight team. "All of our freshmen matched up well against their competition, particularly the 1F, who finished first among lightweight boats in the race, despite the absence of one of our strongest freshmen rowers. The finish bodes well for the spring and for the team's future. The varsity boats also rowed good races. I thought the 1V4 especially rowed very well though I suspect they probably suffered for being too aggressive afer rowing the entire race at a sprint rating."