April 20, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT Lightweight's struggles continued on the Charles River at the 54th running of the Biglin Bowl - an annual race between MIT, Harvard and Dartmouth. In their last home race of the 2008 season, the Varsity Lights had difficulty sustaining the cadences needed to stay in the hunt.
Dartmouth took a slight lead in the first quarter of the race with Harvard three seats down and MIT trailing by another five seats. As Harvard and Dartmouth pulled away in the second quarter of the race, the Engineers never hit their rhythm, rowing at 35 strokes per minute to Harvard's 36 and Dartmouth's 38. Giving away strokes in the body of the race proved too costly for the Tech which finished 15 seconds behind a photo finish between the Big Green and Crimson. Dartmouth prevailed, earning its fifth Biglin Bowl and 2nd in four years.
The freshman racing was closer, providing MIT its most promising results in some time. The 1F battled Dartmouth all the way down the course but came up short, losing to the Green by two seconds. Harvard crossed the line ten seconds ahead of the Engineers.
The Second Freshmen faced a field of four other boats including the Harvard and Dartmouth 3V's as well as the Harvard 2F and 3F. Getting needed race experience this early in the season was exciting for this group of novices.
Harvard 2F 6:32.7
MIT 2F 6:59.9
Next up for the Engineers is the Gieger Cup vs Cornell and host, Columbia in Orchard Beach, NY.