Women's Lightweight Crew Shines at Head of the Charles

Women's Lightweight Crew Shines at Head of the Charles


- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Charles River)

- The Lead: On Sunday afternoon at the Head of the Charles Regatta, the MIT lightweight women's crew team posted one of the top performances in program history as the Engineers excelled in both the lightweight eight and lightweight four competitions.


- In the lightweight eight competition, MIT finished a program-best third out of nine boats as the team crossed in a time of 18:34.996 to defeat Princeton by an 18-second margin. The Engineers, who returned eight of nine athletes from last season to the lightweight eight boat, raced at 34 strokes per minute and gained steadily on the Tigers throughout before defeating Princeton in the end.

- Freshman Valerie Hunter (Newport Beach, Calif.) rowed in her first career race for MIT as the lone new member of the lightweight eight, while her twin sister, freshman Katherine Hunter (Newport Beach, Calif.), was a member of the varsity four boat.

- In the lightweight four race, MIT finished third out of 11 to mark their highest finish in program history as they were the top collegiate finisher. All four rowers in the four were freshmen, while senior Prianca Tawde (West Windsor, N.J.) was the coxswain for MIT. Crossing the line in 20:37.242, the Engineers raced at 32 strokes per minute.

- Conditions included a consistent 15 mph wind that gusted to 30 mph at times, creating some whitecaps on the river from Pierce Boathouse back to the start line at the BU Boathouse. Out on the course, conditions varied between a cross wind and head wind throughout in the gusty afternoon.


"The squad has been showing good speed this fall, so I was happy that the races weren't canceled due to the high winds which I thought was a real possibility. Once on the racecourse, both crews capitalized on the opportunity to race, handled the gusty conditions exceptionally well and came away with results we are very proud of."


Lightweight Eight
Cox: Chloe Thacker
8: Priya Veeraraghavan
7: Sharon Wu
6: Elizabeth Martin
5: Annika Rollock
4: Valerie Hunter
3: Michelle Lauer
2: Kelly Barton
1: Sylvia Sarnik

Lightweight Four
Cox: Prianca Tawde
4: Brigid Bane
3: Frances Parker-Hale
2: Katherine Hunter
1: Eileen Hu


- MIT returns to action on Sunday, November 6th as the Engineers travel to the Dartmouth Green Monster for a regatta set to take place in Hanover, N.H.


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