Lightweight's Perform Well at Head of the Charles

Lightweight's Perform Well at Head of the Charles

Oct. 23, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT lightweight men took another positive step in the 2005-06 campaign at the Head of the Charles. Starting 12th in the Lightweight Fours division, the Engineers began the race aggressively chasing both the 11th and 10th place starters.

Within the first mile, the Light Four was overlapped with the 11th place starter, Harvard. As both boats approached the first test of their race at the Weeks Footbridge, the Engineers needed to pause rowing three times to enable their opponents to pass through the bridge safely. After stepping back on the gas through the Anderson Bridge, the team regained their advantage only to find themselves caught between the opposition and a proper course for their next turn.

Despite the best efforts of cox Louise Giam, the two crews tangled, nearly stopping, enabling a crew from Peterborough Rowing Club to come through. After breaking free, the Engineers dug deep, and took up the rate to not only leave the other crew in their wake but also pass the crew from Peterborough. Prior to the stoppage, the team was on pace to place in the top 10 of the event.

While the results do not tell the whole story, the Varsity Lightweights raced with class and pinache.

"Even though we tangled with another crew, our guys set the standard for hard racing and maintaining their composure over the entire three-mile course," remarked Head Coach Ted Benford. "Racing the Head of the Charles is such a great experience because it always provides a level of uncertainty and gamesmanship we don't see in our match racing. Overall I'm pleased with the way our team prepared, raced and maintained the highest level of sportsmanship and composure during this race. Although we're a little disappointed with the results, we're ready to get back on the water and begin getting ready for our next race."