CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Competing in its regular-season finale last Saturday, the MIT men's lightweight team raced the University of Delaware on the placid waters of the Charles River, narrowly losing to the nationally-ranked No. 7 Blue Hens.
In a slight headwind, the two crews were never separated by more than five seats with Delaware leading from the start, but the Engineers stayed within striking distance. At the 1000 meter-mark MIT had stopped moves by Delaware and started eating into the lead however the late surge would not be enough by the 2000-meter finish. Final race times were separated by just 0.5 seconds as Delaware edged out the Cardinal and Gray, 6:08.7-6:09.2.
In the freshman race, favorable conditions provided the crews fast races but again, it was the Delaware crew that nudged ahead in the first 1000 meters of the race and didn't relinquish its lead, topping MIT, 6:07.7-6:12.4. The fours race was the final event of the day, with Delaware "A" crossing the line first in 6:56.6, followed by the Blue Hens' "B" boat (7:07.9), and the Engineers (7:13.2).
MIT returns to action on Sunday, May 16 in the EARC Sprints which will be held at Lake Quinsigamond located in Worcester, Mass.