CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's varsity heavyweight men bested 51 crews and survived three rounds of racing to take third place at the 2011 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.
Lacking enough rowers to boat an 8 in the Eastern Sprints – MIT's traditional league championships – Tech's heavies selected a 4-with-coxswain and traveled to Philadelphia to enter one of the largest college regattas in the world, the Dad Vail. Sponsorship by Aberdeen Asset Management allowed the regatta to be broadcast live on ESPN3 and on a huge screen at the race site. The field of 54 crews was winnowed through heats on Friday and semifinals on Saturday morning to a six-boat final on Saturday afternoon.
Tech advanced to the finals by placing second to Colgate in its heat and second to Georgia Tech in its semifinal. The grand final pitted the Engineers against Georgia Tech, Colgate, Emory, Philadelphia University and Fordham. The Cardinal and Gray raced well in the final, challenging Georgia Tech and Colgate right to the end. Georgia Tech won, in a time of 6:32; Colgate was second in 6:34; and MIT third in 6:37.
MIT's bronze-medal winning 4 was: Rishi Dixit (cox), Matt Pegler (stroke), Lucas Goodman (3), Andrew Yang (2) and Trevor Zinser (bow). The Dad Vail was the final college race for senior co-captains Goodman and Pegler. Dixit, Yang and Zinser will return next year and join a talented class of sophomores in MIT crew's ongoing effort to build a nationally ranked NCAA Division I team.
Courtesy of Tony Kilbridge, Head Coach