MIT Openweight Crew Finishes Fourth at Patriot League Championships

WORCESTER, Mass. – MIT's openweight crew team capped off the 2012-13 regular season this morning at the Patriot League Championships held on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester. Aided by a third-place finish by the Varsity 8 crew, the Engineers finished fourth in the final team standings with 20 points, trailing third-place Holy Cross by just three. Navy won the championship with 35 points, with Bucknell second with 29.

In the final event of the morning the Varsity 8 crew had a great race in a very competitive field. MIT crossed the line in third with a time of 6:36.952, finishing just three seconds behind second-place Bucknell, the defending champion. The Engineers held off Holy Cross at the end, besting the Crusaders by less than two seconds.

Starting the morning off was the Varsity 4 crew, which turned in an effort of 7:48.865 to finish fifth of the six crews. The Engineers finished less than six seconds behind the boat from Colgate. In the second Varsity 8 race MIT was fourth of the five entries with a clocking of 6:57.975. The Engineers were just a little more than seven seconds behind second-place Holy Cross and less than five seconds behind third-place Bucknell.

The Patriot League Championship is scored on a weighted system. Points are greatest for the Varsity Eight race with totals of 18-15-12-9-6-3 by position, while the Second Varsity Eight is scored at 12-10-8-6-4-2 and the finishers in the Varsity Four race get scored 6-5-4-3-2-1.

Patriot League Championships

Team Standings

1 - Navy, 35 points

2 - Bucknell, 29

3 - Holy Cross, 23

4 - MIT, 20

5 - Colgate, 9

6 - Lehigh, 8

Varsity 4

1 - Bucknell  7:22.970
2 - Navy 7:30.756
3 - Holy Cross 7:35.537
4 - Colgate 7:43.088
5 - MIT 7:48.865
6 - Lehigh 8:10.021

Second Varsity 8

1 - Navy 6:41.587
2 - Holy Cross 6:50.601
3 - Bucknell 6:53.218
4 - MIT 6:57.975
5 - Lehigh 7:04.213

Varsity 8

1 - Navy 6:29.310
2 - Bucknell 6:33.927
3 - MIT 6:36.952
4 - Holy Cross 6:38.247
5 - Colgate 6:44.794
6 - Lehigh 6:54.930