- Location: Philadelphia, Pa. (Schuykill River)
- The Lead: At the Dad Vail Regatta, the MIT women's lightweight crew team earned spots on the medal stand in both the varsity 8 and lightweight varsity 4 competition as the Engineers performed well in rainy conditions on Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the varsity 8 competition, the Engineers, who are currently ranked No. 8 nationally in the lightweight 8, finished as the bronze medalists in the grand final as the crew crossed in 6:39.523 in the competition for the Dennis Kamrad Trophy. This marks the sixth time that the MIT varsity 8 crew has earned a spot on the medal stand at the Dad Vail.
- For the lightweight varsity 4, the Engineers finished with the bronze medal and earned a spot on the medal stand for the third time as the MIT crew finished in a time of 7:33.821 in the grand final. MIT advanced to the grand final with a second-place finish in their heat at 7:41.689 before placing just in front of UC Berkeley in the competition for the Robert Espeseth Trophy.
- In the open 4 race, MIT crossed in 26th place in its heat with a time of 7:53.511 to advance to the fifth-level final, which was cancelled later in the day due to inclement weather.
- In the pairs competition, the MIT duo of sophomore Sophie Blackburn (Wichita, Kan.) and senior Anne Kelley (Chapel Hill, N.C.) placed fifth in the grand final with a time of 8:30.056 to defeat Lafayette by a 7.6-second margin. The Engineers qualified for the final with a second-place finish in their heat in 8:41.524.
- The Engineers are back in action in early June as the team competes at the IRA National Championship at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif.