WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – MIT's heavyweight crew team opened competition at the 2014 IRA Regatta on a blue-skied Friday on Mercer Lake. Tech qualified its Varsity 4 in the 112th annual Regatta, a three-day spectacle that is attended by over 1,000 collegiate athletes each year.
On Friday morning, racing in the final of three heats, the Engineers clocked a 6:44.521 to take fourth, but with just the two fastest times in each heat advancing to the semifinals, MIT was forced to move on to the repêchage on Friday afternoon. There the Cardinal and Grey turned in an outstanding performance, holding off a crew from Northeastern by 1.4 seconds to win the race in 6:32.468 in a contest that saw the top four crews separated by seven seconds.
In the first semifinal on Saturday, MIT stopped the clock in fourth-place, turning in a 6:58.235 that bettered Temple by a little less than two seconds and less than six seconds behind Wisconsin. With the top three boats from each semifinal moving on to the Grand Final, MIT advanced on to the Petite Final on Sunday.
Sunday's final proved to be a close one, as six teams vied for the title. All six finished within less than a 12-second span, with Navy taking the top spot. It was just a matter of inches in the battle for second, with MIT just nosing out Northeastern, crossing the line less than three tenths ahead of the Huskies in 6:42.141.