MIT Crew Set to Compete in Final Home Races of Season

MIT Crew Set to Compete in Final Home Races of Season

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – On Saturday, May 1, MIT’s four crew teams will take to the Charles River for a full morning of racing, marking the only time this semester that all teams will be competing at home on one day.

The 2000m Charles River Basin sprint course runs approximately from the Charles River Yacht Club upstream to the finish line near MIT’s Tang Hall. Spectators are welcome to watch the race from the MIT Boathouse and can also enjoy views of the race from the Harvard (Massachusetts Ave.) bridge or anywhere along the Cambridge side of the river.

Action kicks off when MIT’s varsity heavyweight crew will continue its longstanding tradition of racing Wisconsin and Dartmouth for the Admiral Cochrane Cup. Wisconsin is two years removed from a national championship, and Dartmouth has improved a great deal in the last two seasons. The Engineers are coming off a winter and spring beset with injury problems, and will only compete in the varsity eight race at 8:36 a.m. In last year’s varsity contest, Wisconsin took first, with MIT one length back and Dartmouth nine seconds behind Tech.

In its only home race of the season, the MIT women's openweight team will compete against its Charles River rivals in the fourth annual Beanpot regatta. Boats from BC, BU, Northeastern, Radcliffe and MIT will face-off in hopes of capturing the Beanpot trophy and banner, given to the winner of the varsity eight race and overall regatta, respectively. Columbia will compete as a guest crew in races that mark one of the final opportunities for teams to affect their seeding at the upcoming Eastern Sprints. In what will be an exciting matchup, the current 14-seed Engineers look to avenge their 1.8-second loss to Boston College (currently seeded 16th) from last year's Beanpot. The varsity eight race is slated for approximately 8:48 a.m., with the awards ceremony on the Boston University dock at 9:20.

Tech’s lightweight women will compete in the second annual Muri Cup, with races starting at 9:12 a.m. No. 7-ranked MIT and No. 4 Radcliffe will compete for the cup, which is awarded to the winner of the first varsity eight. This year, No. 1-ranked Wisconsin travels to Cambridge to join the racing. The Muri Cup is named in honor of MIT alumna and Harvard rowing coach Linda Muri, whose achievements as an elite athlete and coach—winning both collegiate and international medals over a nearly twenty year span—merits special recognition. The presentation of the Muri Cup and all that it represents are a great honor bestowed upon the winning crew. This is the final home race of the season for Tech and marks the last home race for four-year senior rowers, Xuefeng Chen, Minna Du, Mindy Du as well as Caroline Lowenthal.

The Lightweight Men will race the University of Delaware, entering the weekend as underdog, ranked No. 11 in the latest USRowing Collegiate National Coaches poll to Delawares No. 7 standing. Last weekend, the Engineers were edged out by No. 10 Columbia and No. 5 Cornell in Ithaca while Delaware is arriving after having been downed by No. 6 Georgetown and No. 3 Navy. Races get under way at 9:24 with the First Varsity race, followed by the First Freshman race at 9:48 and the 2nd Varsity/2nd Freshmen race at 10:12.

After this weekend, all four teams look forward to May 16 and the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC) Sprints and Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges (EARWC) Sprints.

MIT Racing Schedule

8:36  Men’s Heavyweight Varsity
8:48  Women’s Openweight Varsity
9:12  Women’s Lightweight Varsity
9:24  Men’s Lightweight Varsity
9:36  Women’s Lightweight Second Varsity
9:48  Men’s Lightweight Freshman
10:00  Women’s Lightweight Third Varsity
10:12  Men’s Lightweight Second Varsity/
Second Freshman