- Location: Washington, D.C. (Potomac River)
- The Lead: Led by a pair of victories by the MIT varsity 8 boat on Saturday morning, the MIT women's openweight crew team finished tied for fifth overall with 45 points at the 29th Annual GW Rowing Invitational on the Potomac River. The Engineers were just three points out of third place as the teams were competing for the Howard W. Wilkins Bowl.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The regatta took place over the 2,000-meter course on the Potomac as there was a good, low wind and a tail current throughout the day as the wind increased.
- The varsity 8, with sophomore Annie Zhang (Campbell, Calif.) as the coxswain, swept a pair of races to help lead the Engineers on the day. In their first race of the day, MIT got off to a great start and held off a late charging Drexel crew for the open water win. The Engineers crossed in a time of 5:59.60 to win by a 3.4-second margin. In the second race later in the day, the Engineers held off the University of Rhode Island for a one-second victory in a time of 5:56.50.
- The varsity 4 boat placed third overall in its race as the Engineers finished in a time of 7:22.60. In the pair of 2V8 races, MIT finished in second in the first race early in the morning in a time of 6:30.70. The crew then raced later in the day as well, finishing third in that race in 6:29.90 to improve upon the time from the morning.
- MIT returns to action on Saturday, April 22nd as the Engineers take on Rutgers, Lehigh, Holy Cross and the University of Rhode Island at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.