Women’s Lightweight Crew Completes Season at IRA Championships

Women’s Lightweight Crew Completes Season at IRA Championships

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A trip across the country to California completed the 2012-13 season for the MIT women's lightweight crew team, where the Engineers competed in the 111th Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship. MIT took both Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 crews to Sacramento for the competition, which was held on Lake Natoma.

Starting things off on Saturday was the No. 7 ranked Varsity 8 crew in an elimination heat against No. 6 Bucknell, No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 Princeton.  The Engineers got off to a good start, but still found themselves fourth after 500 meters, trailing the Tigers by a little more than four seconds. MIT could not make up any ground and the gap between the Engineers and the rest of the field grew over the final 1,500 meters of the race. MIT clocked a 6:58.84, but was 12 seconds behind Princeton at the end in fourth.

For the Varsity 4 team its first race was a preliminary heat for lanes on Saturday morning. In a six-boat field, MIT started well and was neck-and-neck with Princeton after 500 meters, with those two crews just behind Fordham and Stanford. The second 500 meters did in the Engineers, however, as they fell off the pace and could not recover, finishing sixth in 8:07.62.

Moving on to the Repechage heat with No. 4 Georgetown and Princeton on Saturday, the Varsity 8 crew had to finish first or second to advance to the Grand Final. The three crews were tightly bunched after 500 meters, with MIT in third, but trailing Georgetown for first by just a bit over two seconds. MIT's gap increased a bit to five seconds behind second-place at the half way mark, with the Engineers holding their ground over the next 500 meters. In the final 500 meters MIT could not make up any time, finishing third to the Tigers by a five-second margin at the end.

On Sunday morning the Varsity 4 team raced in the Grand Final with five other crews. The Engineers started in sixth and trailed fifth-place Stanford by seven and a half seconds after 500 meters. Over the rest of the 2,000-meter course MIT could not find the speed to close on the rest of the field and crossed the line in sixth-place.

IRA Championships

Varsity 8 (Elimination Heat 2)

1. Stanford        6:38.387

2. Bucknell         6:43.696

3. Princeton       6:46.783

4. MIT               6:58.842

Varsity 4 (Preliminary)

1. Wisconsin      7:26.998

2. Radcliffe       7:31.938

3. Fordham        7:35.711

4. Stanford        7:42.763

5. Princeton       7:45.439

6. MIT               8:07.620

Varsity 8 (Repechage)

1. Georgetown    7:11.873

2. Princeton       7:13.024

3. MIT               7:18.063

Varsity 4 (Grand Final)

1. Wisconsin      7:35.087

2. Radcliffe       7:42.753

3. Fordham        7:46.515

4. Princeton       7:50.801

5. Stanford        7:52.551

6. MIT               8:20.734