Bolstered Lineup Propels Women Lightweights at Foot of the Charles

Bolstered Lineup Propels Women Lightweights at Foot of the Charles

Nov. 19, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT lightweight women finished up their fall racing season with a strong performance in the Foot of the Charles. For the first time, the Engineers entered two novice lightweight women's eights in the event. In the varsity division, Tech raced two fours and then rowed a second time in the Varsity 8 race.

Tech's lights began the day with a battle in the Varsity 4 event. MIT's "A" boat crossed the line in a time of 16:39.2 to place solidly in front of Radcliffe's "B" among others. This young crew included sophomores Erqi Liu (stroke), Katherine Madden (3), senior Sarah Newman (2), sophomores Jessica Lynch (bow) and Ellen Chen (cox).

MIT's "B" team met its goal of a one minute-or-less gap with a time of 17:38.5. Stroking the crew was senior captain Katherine Hung, followed by sophomore Kelly Chang (3), juniors Kathleen Yeh (2), Cynthia Lin (bow), and sophomore Noel Lee (cox).

"The fours' race has helped us to focus on our winter training goal, which is to bring the whole team to a more competitive level," noted spirited head coach, Irene Jenkins.

After cruising home from the fours event, the varsity women took out their brand new Lightweight Resolute 8 for its first competition. Starting 25 seconds behind Radcliffe's "A" boat, MIT worked to close the margin throughout the four kilometer course. The Engineers' final time of 14:52.06 was just fast enough to earn third place, edging out the Radcliffe "A" boat that produced a mark of 15:07.4.

However, the lightweights are not without a significant challenge as they head into the winter training season. The Radcliffe "B" boat ended up finishing in 14:43.9. The MIT women are eager to put in the training hours this winter in order to be competitive with their friendly city rival come springtime. The Varsity 8 line up included Erqi Liu (stroke), Kate Madden (7), Sarah Newman (6), Jessica Lynch (5), Kathleen Yeh (4), Kelly Chang (3), Katherine Hung (2), and Cynthia Lin (bow) and Noel Lee (cox).

The novice lightweight's also enjoyed a successful day on the Charles. Competing predominantly against openweight opponents, the novice "A" boat finished 14th overall with a time of 16:15.8. This crew consisted of Ming Leong (stroke), Amanda Berry (7), Jenn Resvick (6), Kathryn Schumacher (5), Esther Chung (4), Tiffany Iaconis (3), Jackie Douglass (2), Christine Shaver (bow) and Elena Harman (cox).

The novice "B" boat suffered a broken oarlock, but still finished 24th with a time of 18:18.2. This line up consisted of Zuzana Trnovcova (stroke), Seema Kacker (7), Diana Ye (6), Kristien Uhmeyer (5), Kemi Azeez (4), Katherine Hoff (3), Leigh Manson (2), Vivian Tang (bow), and Melissa Kaufman (cox).

The Foot concluded the fall season for MIT, with the team now turning its focus to winter training in preparation for the sprint races next semester.