January 22, 2008

Lightweight Men Enjoy Natures Spoils

Jan. 19, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT men's lightweight crew traveled to Cocoa Beach, Florida, for its annual winter training camp from New Year's Eve to January 9. Without academic demands, the oarsmen's lives were distilled to their simplest pleasures: rowing, eating and sleeping.

The crews trained on the Indian River, which provided miles of great water, a couple curious dolphins and few other distractions. The varsity and freshman squads focused on applying the strength and conditioning work of November and December to their boats.

Rowing twice per day, athletes made technical gains and also got the chance to go `toes-to-toes' in intra-squad racing. In addition to training, this year's highlights included evening barbecues at the hotel; a trip to the Kennedy Space Center; `Thunderdome'; and the annual skit night.

The squads will shake the sand out of their flip flops, rinse the salt from their uni-suits and return to formal practices at the Pierce Boathouse on the first day of classes.

MIT opens the 2008 season hosting the 29th running of the Joy Cup versus Yale and first time guest, Georgetown, on Saturday April 12 in Cambridge. Look for additional details as the date nears.