April 28, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT raced in the inaugural Beanpot Regatta on Saturday. For the first time, all of the Division I women's crew programs on the Charles River faced each other in a single competition. Continuing a lucky weather trend for home races, the day was overcast with flat water and negligible wind.
The first event for MIT was the novice eight, in which the Tech novices rowed their fastest time ever on the Charles. Lined up between Northeastern and Boston College, they rowed a phenomenal first 1000 meters, heading under Massachusetts Avenue ahead of Boston College and in striking distance of both Boston University and Northeastern. In the third 500, Radcliffe solidified its lead, and the Terriers and Huskies managed to gradually separate from both the Engineers and the Eagles. Heading into the sprint, MIT was up on Boston College by a half-length, and worked hard to hold them off, but the Eagles were able to barely squeak by in the final 10 strokes. Final times were: Radcliffe 7:07.0, Northeastern 7:19.9, BU 7:21.8, BC 7:30.4, and MIT 7:31.1.
Next came the varsity four, where MIT faced crews with well-established speed. Focusing on their own race plan and rowing hard from start to finish, the Engineers came in fifth with a time of 8:49.9, behind Radcliffe 7:45.6, Northeastern 8:00.4, BU 8:04.0, and BC 8:14.0.
To finish the day, the sophomore-laden varsity eight lined up against some stiff competition. Despite falling behind to four of the fastest crews in the nation, the Tech varsity rowed better than ever to rise to the occasion, looking sharp and powerful. At the finish, it was Radcliffe 6:35.7, Northeastern 6:45.3, BU 6:53.5, BC 6:53.9, and MIT 7:20.0. By winning the varsity eight race, Radcliffe will be the first to engrave the Beanpot. With a dominant performance across the events, the Black and White also took home the banner for overall team points.
On May 13th, the Engineers cap off the season at the EAWRC Sprints. Especially with two weeks to fine-tune everything, the athletes feel excited that each boat looks to be more competitive than ever in the league championship.