Women's Lightweight Varsity 8 Finishes Sixth at the IRA National Championship

Women's Lightweight Varsity 8 Finishes Sixth at the IRA National Championship


- 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.


- 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.


Varsity 8
Cox: Chloe Thacker
8: Lucy Milde           
7: Sylvia Sarnik
6: Elizabeth Martin   
5: Annika Rollock
4: Brigid Bane
3: Haley Higginbotham    
2: Kelly Barton   
1: Sheila Kennedy-Moore     

Varsity 4
Cox: Jennifer Nwenyi
4: Frances Parker-Hale        
3: Sophie Blackburn
2: Eileen Hu        
1: Kate Scott

2: Sophie Anderson
1: Sophie Herscovici


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