Another Close Call for Lightweight Men

Another Close Call for Lightweight Men

April 19, 2009


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT lightweights competed in the 46th running of the Geiger Cup Regatta on Saturday against Cornell and Columbia coming up just short in close racing.

In the Varsity race, the engineers started powerfully and established a four-seat lead on the Lions and were just down against the Big Red. At 1000 meters, Cornell had established a boat length lead to MIT, which had sustained its position over Columbia. With 1200 meters completed, the Lions raised their cadence and made a move on MIT that established a two-seat lead. MIT responded but Columbia was able to hold off subsequent charges by MIT.

The MIT freshmen continue to show solid progress. In the first freshmen race, MIT came off the line well and was challenging Columbia through the first 1000 meters. In the second half of the race, Columbia was able to press harder and took charge of second place while Cornell maintained a strong lead to the finish.

The Engineers next race in Philadelphia against Pennsylvania on May 2.

Varsity Eight 
Cornell 6:16.2
Columbia 6:24.8
MIT 6:26.7

Freshmen Eight
Cornell 6:25.5
Columbia 6:30.8
Cornell 2F 6:33.0
MIT 6:38.5

Second Varsity Eight 
Cornell 6:25.9
Columbia 6:34.0
Cornell 3V 6:34.7