Varsity Eight Splits Races at George Washington Invitational

Varsity Eight Splits Races at George Washington Invitational

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For its second regatta of the season the MIT women's openweight crew raced on to the Potomac River at the George Washington Invitational, a dual-racing competition extending over two days. The varsity eight went 2-2 on the weekend, while the second varsity eight fell to all of its opponents.

With every race decided by a length or less, the varsity enjoyed very stiff competition. Its best race of the regatta was the first round, winning a barnburner against the English crew from Oxford and the host crew from George Washington. The crew also had its strongest showing in recent memory against Navy and St. Joseph's in the subsequent rounds.

 Varsity Eight Results

6:47.1 - MIT

6:47.9 - Oxford

6:49.7 - George Washington


6:35.2 - Navy

6:38.2 - MIT


6:39.1 - Saint Joseph's

6:43.6 - MIT


The freshmen-laden second varsity eight was outmatched in each round, but used the races to build more confidence and rhythm throughout the weekend. Despite the result, the crew rowed its best race yet in the final round.

Second Varsity Results

7:04.6 - George Washington

7:24.8 - MIT 


6:52.7 - Navy

7:21.1 - MIT 


6:42.1 - Georgetown

6:52.0 - Georgetown Lwt

7:12.6 - MIT 

 "With three races in one weekend we were able to identify the things that are working for us right now as well as the things we still need to improve," remarked coach Holly Metcalf. "Both boats have a lot of speed left to find, and especially as we get a few of our more experienced rowers back from injury this week we're optimistic heading into our upcoming races in Worcester."

 The team will travel to nearby Worcester, Mass. each of the next two weeks. This coming weekend it will face Holy Cross and a slew of top-notch Division III opponents, and the following weekend is the Patriot League conference championship.


Varsity Eight

C – Grace Lin

8 – Rebecca Heywood

7 – Catherine Crowley

6 – Erin Meyer

5 – Tess Saxton-Fox

4 – Monique Squiers

3 – Megan O'Donnell

2 – Allison Simi

1 – Hilda Buss


Second Varsity Eight

C – Jessica Haskins / Michelle Victora

8 – Lauren Gresko

7 – Rebecca Fuhlbrigge

6 – Rachel Clary

5 – Aileen Johnson

4 – Katelyn Wolfenberger

3 – Joanie Weaver

2 – Carmen Castaños

1 – Samantha Hartzell