CHERRY HILL, N.J. – MIT had a solid showing at the 2014 EAWRC Sprints held on the Cooper River this morning. The Engineer's openweight crew team had three entries in the event, three eights and one four. In the final standings of the Willing Point Trophy MIT totaled 22 points to finish eighth overall, an improvement of three spots from a year ago.
In the morning heats the Varsity 8 boat found itself in Heat 2 where it finished fifth of the five entries, clocking a 6:57.577 that was just little more than a second behind the entry from Holy Cross. Racing in Heat 1 the second Varsity 8 crew also finished fifth, turning in a 7:16.901 that was about eight seconds behind the fourth-place team from the University of Buffalo. The Varsity 4 team was fourth in its opening race, finishing in 8:25.092.
All three crews moved on to the Petite Finals in their respective classes, with all three turning in second-place finishes. The Varsity 8 team had the closest race, stopping the clock at 6:44.880 that was less than five seconds away from the winning time posted by Buffalo while crossing the line ahead of both Holy Cross and Rutgers. The 2V8 was almost a mirror of the Varsity 8 event with teams from the same four schools competing. MIT turned in a 7:05.780 time, less than eight seconds behind Buffalo. In the Varsity 4 event the Engineers were in a close three-boat race, finishing in a time of 8:07.155 that was less than six seconds behind the Georgetown crew and four and a half seconds ahead of Columbia.
MIT's third Varsity 8 crew also raced, taking part in the Grand Final in a field of six teams. The Engineers effort of 7:39.065 was good for fifth, just two and a half seconds behind Rutgers for fourth and 11 seconds ahead of Holy Cross.
MIT has one final event on its 2013-14 schedule, the Patriot League Championship that will be held May 16 on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Massachusetts.