MIT Hangs Tough at Eastern Sprints Regatta

MIT Hangs Tough at Eastern Sprints Regatta

May 13, 2007

Stephen Young `09

WORCESTER, Mass. - Fast conditions and stiff competition awaited the heavyweight men at Eastern Sprints on Lake Quinsigamond, as several course records were broken due to a powerful tailwind down the course. The Engineers' performance in the morning heats earned them a spot in the third level finals.

MIT mounted a fast start in the final, rowing stroke for stroke with a field that was nearly level for the first 500 meters. Through the 1,000, the race leaders started to break away, while MIT battled with Rutgers and Dartmouth to hold onto fourth place. During the third 500, Dartmouth edged past Tech while Rutgers maintained its pace.

In the final 500 meters, the Scarlet Knights kicked into high gear, creeping past a persistent MIT crew with 300 meters left. The Engineers finished with a time of 5:51 for sixth place. Tech recorded its fastest mark of the season, which was only eight seconds off George Washington University's winning time.