MIT Lightweights Finish the Fall With Speed

MIT Lightweights Finish the Fall With Speed

Nov. 17, 2007

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT lightweights finished their fall racing campaign at the annual Foot of the Charles Regatta, held on the blustery Charles River. A steady headwind provided challenging conditions on the course for all competitors.

In the varsity four, MIT finished just six seconds off the only other varsity lightweight entry in the event, Harvard, in the "A" boat category after coming through in a time of 14:18. In the varsity "B" boat category, the Engineers gave away some speed and finished seven places below the winning Crimson entry with a time of 15:22.

"It's a testimony to the deeper programs in the EARC that they have strong athletes up and down their roster" offered head coach Ted Benford. "We're making good progress as a program in terms of depth and speed."

In increasingly variable conditions, the Frosh 150s prevailed against a strong freshman field and continued their progress toward EARC success. Finishing third in the "A" boat category behind Harvard and Dartmouth, the MIT lights established solid momentum and finished 20 seconds back of Dartmouth's A boat (Harvard 13:38; Dartmouth 14:46; MIT 15:06). The MIT "B" entry finished second among lightweight freshmen, besting the Big Green by 12 seconds (Harvard 14:41; MIT 15:45; Dartmouth 15:57).

Freshman coach Andy Hilton was upbeat about the Engineers' overall progress, "I think the result was reflective of how far the team has come in a few months, and we're looking forward to taking that momentum into winter training."