April 7, 2007
DERBY, Conn. - On Saturday, the Men's Lightweight Crew started their spring racing program at the Gilder Boathouse. Conditions for the race versus Yale were ideal with a nominal wind, low chop and sun. The Varsity broke the 6 minute barrier for the first time since the 2001 Joy Cup but it wasn't enough to challenge for the win.
Yale defeated the Engineers after posting a time of 5:42.1, finishing 15 seconds ahead of MIT's contingent, which crossed the line in 5:57.5. Yale has successfully defended the Joy Cup since 1978.
The MIT freshmen also broke the six-minute barrier for the first time in 10 years against the Bulldogs. And, while the MIT frosh assembled a solid effort, they were unable to withstand a blistering push by Yale in the second 1000 meters that placed any hope for a win out of reach.
MIT, which lost all three races against Yale, travels to Hanover, Mass., next Saturday for the Biglin Bowl versus Dartmouth and Harvard.