Win Over Columbia Gives MIT a Leg Up In the Polls

Win Over Columbia Gives MIT a Leg Up In the Polls

April 15, 2006

Cambridge, Mass. - This past weekend the women's varsity four finished behind Northeastern, but crossed the line 12.8 seconds ahead of Columbia. Final times for the V4 were: Northeastern 8:22.9, MIT 8:41.5 and Columbia 8:54.1.

"This was an important race for us" said head coach Alison Derrick. "Columbia has scheduled races against almost all of the EAWRC crews and we had to show that we were not only faster than Columbia, but produce a margin that would push us up in the polls."

Results from previous weekends had both Rutgers and Penn finishing almost 10 seconds faster than Columbia. So the Engineers' time this past weekend enabled them to earn a ninth-place ranking out of the 17 crews that make up the EAWRC.

The novice eight also had a good showing on Saturday. The crew came in third behind both Columbia and Northeastern, but maintained contact with Columbia throughout the race. Final times for the N8 were: Northeastern 7:37, Columbia, 7:46.9 and MIT 7:49.3. Novice coach Elizabeth Bond had hoped to be closer to Northeastern but was happy to finish less than three seconds behind Columbia.

"It's been a tough week for us," said Bond. "Three of the rowers were out with injuries or illness so our water time was very limited. All things considered, I am happy with their performance."