Openweights Compete in Toe

Openweights Compete in Toe

Nov. 6, 2006

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The weather and water conditions for the second Toe of the Charles were nearly perfect as varsity rowers and coxswains from MIT, Boston University, Radcliffe and Northeastern competed in recreational singles, racing singles, pairs, doubles, and quads.

The Toe of the Charles began with the coxswains and novice scullers race in recreational singles racing from Massachusetts Avenue (Harvard Bridge) to the Boston University boathouse. MIT coxswain, sophomore Sarah Gehlman, placed first out of four coxswains-turned-scullers, while novice scullers and classmates Alice Ainsworth, Inessa Liskovich, Genevieve Russo, and Jane Wolcott placed third, fourth, fifth, and seventh respectively out of 12 competitors.

For the racing shell events, the course began near the Museum of Science and finished at the BU boathouse - approximately 3.5 kilometers. MIT had a respectable showing in the racing singles with senior Cynthia Lin and sophomore Julia Fu finishing ninth and 11th out of 14 competitors. The crew's strongest oarswomen, Alison Greenlee and Samantha Polak, truly shined as they teamed up to win the doubles event. They clocked a finishing time of 14:16.6, a solid 10 seconds ahead of the second place double from Radcliffe.

Next up for the Engineers is the final race of the fall head racing season. All eight of the MIT crews race on the Charles River from MIT's Pierce Boathouse to Havard's Newell Boathouse. The races start with the men's events at around 7 a.m. and finish with the women's events by 11:00 a.m.