April 5, 2009
DERBY, Conn. - The men's lightweight crew started its spring slate in the annual Joy Cup hosted by Yale. In additon to the Engineers and Eli's, The Joy Cup also featured second year guest, Georgetown.
A strong current on the Housatonic River and gusty, strong tailwinds made for fast conditions in all events. In the varsity eight race, the Tech lights went off the start at 42 strokes per minute but fell one length behind Yale who was four seats up on Georgetown in the first 900 meters of the 2,000-meter course. Georgetown took control of the race after crossing the 1,000-meter mark with a strong move, as Yale fell four seats down. The Hoyas opened their lead to one length at 1,500 over Yale and extended its lead on MIT.
The freshmen eight had trouble finding their rhythm in the 8-13mph tailwind. They came off the start line rating high in the early part of the race, which proved costly when it came time to respond to the moves from the Yale and Georgetown contingents in the body of the race. The Engineers crossed the line in 5:55.3; Yale won in a time of 5:41.1; Georgetown finished in 5:42.8.
In the last race of the day the MIT second varsity raced the Eli's fourth varsity in fours. The Engineers took a two-seat lead in the first 500 meters of the race and were able to maintain their position to take home the win.
The MIT lightweights will return to the Charles River next Saturday for the Biglin Bowl contested between MIT, Harvard and Dartmouth.
Varsity Eight (Joy Cup)