CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Six of the top 10 nationally ranked women's lightweight crews were on the Charles River on Saturday in a regatta co-hosted by No. 8 MIT and Harvard-Radcliffe. Tech also took competed against Harvard-Radcliffe on Sunday in the annual Muri Cup competition between the two squads. In the Varsity 8 on Saturday, MIT beat UMass in the Petite Final while the University of Wisconsin upset No. 1 ranked Stanford University in the Grand Final.
In the first heat on Saturday morning, Tech finished third behind Stanford and No. 7 ranked University at Buffalo to advance to the Petite final. In the final, the Engineers moved out to an early lead on UMass, ranked No. 10 in the country, in the first 20 strokes before pulling away for an easy win. MIT finished with a time of 8:26 while UMass came across in 9:09.
On Sunday, MIT and No. 4 ranked Harvard-Radcliffe took part in the Muri Cup, named for MIT alum and current Radcliffe coach, Linda Muri.
The Novice boats kicked things off in the morning at 8:00 a.m. with flat water and overcast skies. Radcliffe took first with a time of 7:31 with MIT not far behind in 7:38. Radcliffe also won the Varsity 8 race to earn the Muri Cup, which was presented at the Pierce Boathouse following the race. The presentation of the Muri Cup is considered a tremendous honor to the winning crew, as her impressive credentials as an athlete and coach are inspirational to the entire rowing community and particularly MIT and Radcliffe.
The Engineers will compete in the Dad Vail Regatta on May 11-12 in Philadelphia, Pa. followed by the EAWRC Sprints on May 13.
Women's Lightweight – 1st Varsity 8
Women's Lightweight – 2nd Varsity 8
Women's Lightweight – Novice 8