- Location: West Windsor, N.J. (Mercer Lake)
- The Lead: At the IRA National Championship on Saturday and Sunday, the MIT women's lightweight crew team advanced all three boats to the Grand Finals. The Varsity 8 was able to complete its race early in the morning on Sunday before the other races were cancelled due to dangerous winds. The MIT lightweight varsity 8 boat is ranked seventh nationally in the latest USRowing Coaches Poll that was released on May 16th.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- On Saturday, the Varsity 8 boat advanced to the Grand Final in a time of 6:50.011 as the Engineers finished .418 seconds in front of Radcliffe and just back of a tightly-bunched group in the top five spots. In the Grand Final on early Sunday morning, the Engineers finished in sixth place in a time of 7:39.733. That time placed MIT 1.467 seconds in front of Wisconsin and just back of Radcliffe.
- For the doubles competition, the team of freshmen Sophie Anderson (Seattle, Wash.) and Sophie Herscovici (Brookline, Mass.) finished second in the first heat in a time of 8:08.861. In the repechage, the duo advanced to the Grand Final as they finished fourth in 8:14.447 to finish just back of Georgetown.
- The Varsity 4 crew was sixth in its heat on Saturday in a time of 7:52.534 to finish in front of Radcliffe and just behind Princeton.