MIT Crew Opens Campaign At CRASH-B Ergometer Sprints
Feb. 13, 2005
Hill covered the stationary distance in 6:15.6, the 46th-best clip on the afternoon in an event filled with some of the world's finest rowers. Junior Mike Whitaker posted the second-fastest mark for MIT, splitting 6:20.9, while freshman Tom Larsen closed with the third quickest time (6:27.3). The Engineers actually showcased early muscle from its novice class, which posted four of the fastest nine MIT times. John Cooley finished fourth for MIT (6:30.0), while Rob Figiuerdo (6:30.7) completed the circuit just back of Cooley. Ian Collier recorded the fastest split for Tech's lightweights with a time of 6:43.3.
In the beginning, CRASH-B was a group of 1976-1980 US Olympic and World Team athletes who lurked on the Charles River, never rowing the same lineup twice, never practicing before a race, always jumping the start against Harvard and having a lot of fun too.
Within a few short years CRASH-B grew into the international world indoor rowing championships it is now. The regatta outgrew Newell, and then the IAB (the
In the late 1980s, when Tiff Wood and his wife Kristy Aserlind moved to
In the very beginning, the race was five miles on the Concept2 Model A ergometer, which had an odometer and a bicycle wheel. From the introduction of the Model B ergometer in the mid-1980s through 1995, the big race in mid-February was 2,500 meters on the new digital display, because the times were comparable even with the equipment change. To meet the specific training demands of international coaches who stress 6K and 2K rankings in the winter, starting with the 1996 World Indoor Rowing Championships the distance was moved to 2,000m. The race is rowed on the latest Concept2 Model C ergometers, which are used by athletes by universities, clubs, schools and national teams around the globe. Although CRASH-B as an organization maintains an untraditional irreverence to all things that are not fun, nonetheless this ergometer has become serious business, threatening to replace fun with pain, unless you can equate the two.