Center Valley, Pa. (April 10) -- In the third Boat of the Week release by the Patriot League, the MIT women's openweight varsity 8 boat was honored as the league's Boat of the Week for the second time after its performance at the George Washington University Invite.
On Saturday on the Potomac River, the Engineers defeated Georgetown by a .90-second margin as the crew crossed in a time of 6:31.90. MIT was down six seats midway through the race before being able to walk through the Hoyas for the win. MIT also defeated St. Joseph's in the race as that boat finished 20 seconds back. On Friday, MIT was third in its heat in a time of 6:18.60 as the team was a boat length shot of the Georgetown lightweight crew.
The MIT crew consisted of coxswain Vanessa Wong (Boise, Idaho), senior Abbey Diener (Draper, Utah), junior Kaitlyn Mullin (Linwood, N.J.), junior Caitlin McCandler (St. Louis Park, Minn.), junior Tal Gilad (Horsham, Pa.), freshman Rosalie Phillips (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), junior Ellie Brewer (McLean, Va.), freshman Grace Gardner (Saint Paul, Minn.) and sophomore Premila Rowles (Cupertino, Calif.).
The Engineers are back in action on Saturday, April 21st as the team travels to the Cherry Hill Invitational, which will take place on the Cooper River in Camden County, N.J.
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