April 17, 2008

Tech Lights Show Promise but Fall to Yale and Georgetown

April 12, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT lightweight men fell to Yale and Georgetown at the annual Joy Cup on Saturday in what looks to be another fast year in EARC Lightweight racing. Yale's varsity completed the 2000-meter course on the Charles River in 5:57.4, dropping Georgetown and MIT early with a very strong start.

Georgetown and MIT battled for the runner-up spot, but it was Georgetown who was able to take a comfortable lead after 800 meters with MIT pushing them through the body of the race. At the finish, MIT finished just 6.6 seconds behind the Hoyas who controlled the last 700 meters of the race (Georgetown 6:07.4; MIT 6:14.6).

While a loss is chalked up on the scorecard, the MIT lights have shown considerable progress since last year. At the 2007 Eastern Sprints, the Engineers raced Georgetown in the Men's Lightweight Eight and finished over 25 seconds behind the Hoyas.

The day's racing was also the first test of the freshman Engineers. With more than half the boat lining up for their first ever 2K race, the crew's focus was on being internal. Hitting their stride at 2-4 beats per minute below their counterparts, the young squad kept their composure and pushed hard the entire course.

Like Yale's varsity teammates, the Yale frosh took control early in their race with an aggressive first 500 meters. The Hoyas and Engineers battled through the 750 mark, but the Georgetown lights took charge and finished comfortably ahead of the Engineers (Yale 6:05.99; Georgetown 6:18.19; MIT 6:34.76).

MIT's second freshman 8+ rowed a gritty race against Yale. Despite rowing a base cadence three beats lower, MIT held the Elis to only a six-seat lead for the first half of the race. Trying to keep pace at that rate differential, however, proved costly as Yale cracked open water after the Mass Ave. bridge and didn't look back. The final times were Yale - 6:51.1; MIT - 7:02.1.

This Saturday, April 19th the Engineers line up with Harvard and Dartmouth to contest the annual Biglin Bowl.