- Event: Dad Vail Regatta
- Location: Philadelphia, Pa. (Schuylkill River)
- The Lead: In its second appearance at the Dad Vail Regatta this past weekend, the MIT men's heavyweight crew team saw all three of its boats advance to the Grand Finals with the Second Varsity 8+ and the Third Varsity 4+ earning bronze medals.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- MIT's Varsity 8+ finished sixth out of 28 boats in Friday's time trial (5:50.869), six seconds behind first-place Delaware. Despite battling windy conditions during their semifinal that afternoon, the Engineers came away with the win in 6:23.035, exactly 1.030 seconds ahead of Purdue. Racing in perfect conditions for the Richard O'Brien Trophy on Saturday afternoon, MIT held a rate of 38 strokes per minute for the majority of the race before raising it to 40 during the final 500 meters. The Engineers finished in sixth place (5:40.360), almost 10 seconds behind the winning crew from Colgate, which was an improvement over last year's 10th place performance.
- The Second Varsity 8+ was third out of 19 boats in its time trial (6:00.835) and defeated Temple by 1.513 seconds (6:30.752 – 6:32.265) in its semifinal. In the race for the Ernie Bayer Trophy, Drexel crossed the finish line first in 5:42.345, followed by Saint Joseph's (5:44.890) and MIT (5:48.025).
- The Third Varsity 4+ narrowly won its time trial in 6:41.372, just .852 seconds ahead of Bucknell, and then logged a comfortable six-second win in its semifinal (7:31.337). In Saturday's Grand Final, the Engineers earned bronze as they edged out Pittsburgh by .405 seconds (6:39.127 – 6:39.532).
- MIT awaits the announcement for selections to the IRA National Championship which will be held May 31 – June 2 on Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif.