CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Competing at home for the first time this spring, the MIT women's lightweight crew team had a successful showing on the Charles River Saturday morning. The Engineers competed in a trio of races against openweight crews from Bates and Simmons Colleges.
Competing in 50 degree weather with rain falling and an increasing West-Southwest headwind through the morning, the Engineers 1V crew was the first to race on Saturday morning. Racing in lane 5 where they had to contend with stronger wind and chop than in lane 3 or 4, MIT was quick off the line, holding with Bates for the first 500 meters. The 1V crew held pace at 36 strokes per minute, but were ultimately out powered by DIII defending National Champions, Bates who finished in a time of 7:18.6. The Engineers finished not far behind, with a time of 7:29.6.
Racing in Lane 3, the 2V race began with an impressive start for the Engineers, racing head to head with Simmons. However, the 2V crew struggled to row cleanly in the second 1,000 and finished 4th in a time of 8:34.1. Bates finished the race in first with a time of 7:49.3.
The final contested race of the morning for the lightweight team was the N8 who finished third in a time of 9:00.1. The N8 crew handled the conditions well but were out powered by their openweight competitors by the end.
Head Lightweight Coach Claire Martin-Doyle was very encouraged with the day's races, saying, "All of our crews rowed very aggressively and executed strong performances today. The novice crew, noteably, had a very solid race in their first spring race in cold and very wet conditions."
MIT will return to racing next Saturday when they head to West Windsor, New Jersey for the Knecht Cup.
7: Sharon Wu
6: Liz Martin
2: Kelly Barton
1: Ann McInroy
8: Tiffany Chen
7: Kate Scott
5: Anne Kelley
C: Ella Branch
8: Claire Goul
4: Hannah Thel
3: Rhea Lin
2: Katie Fisher