May 13, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - MIT Lightweight Men's Crew finished its season at the EARC Sprints this weekend on an up note. The Engineers took three boats to the Sprints and came away with all crews showing positive results in very tight racing.
Starting the day, the men's lightweight four took first place in a three boat Grand Final over Yale and Dartmouth. These three crews faced off during the regular season with the Engineers prevailing over the Big Green and Elis then as well.
The Freshmen Eight finished fourth in the Petite Final in a thriller. Columbia took control of the race at the 700 meter mark with MIT, Navy and Pennsylvania within a deck of one another for the last 800 meters. At the tape Navy crossed the line ahead of Penn and MIT in a time of 6:31.914 with Penn next just .25 seconds back and MIT a mere .697 seconds behind Penn. Just the week prior, MIT was felled by the Quakers by nearly 3 seconds.
The Varsity final was the last race of the day. It would be a rematch for MIT facing Columbia, Pennsylvania and Dartmouth in the Petite Final. In previous meetings, MIT fell just short of prevailing over the Big Green and Columbia and faced a 5 second deficit from the week’s previous meeting with Penn. As the crews crossed the 1000 meter mark, Columbia established a boat length lead while Dartmouth, Penn and MIT battled. MIT finished just 1.1 seconds behind Dartmouth and 3.0 seconds behind Penn in an exciting finish.