April 11, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Men's heavyweight crew captured first place en route to its second consecutive victory in the race for the Donahue Cup. Named after WPI's Irving "Jim" Donahue, the Engineers took command of the race in the power stretch and never looked back.
A strong tailwind created fast conditions all day. In the varsity eight, the crews came off clean with MIT building a narrow edge after 1000 meters. In the next 500 meters, the Cardinal and Gray broke open water and extended its lead. Williams moved ahead of WPI in the final stretch, but it wasn't enough to offset the MIT attack, which broke the tape in 6:07.71. The Ephs closed with a time of 6:12.71.
Although the win for the varsity crew served as the top highlight on the day, the freshman eight rowed to victory with an impressive performance of its own. Setting what is belived to be the all-time frosh record with a time of 6:08.1, MIT took about a half-length on the starting strokes before pushing its lead to over a length by the 500-meter mark. The Engineers continued to cruise through the middle part of the race, and rowed in open water unscathed into the stretch. Connecticut College finished second overall in the heat with a clip of 6:16.0, nipping WPI (6:16.64) in a tight finish.
The Engineers completed the weekend with another notable performance from its novice units. Handily defeating WPI with a mark of 6:34.96, Tech's second boat finished with a time faster than last year's first freshmen rowed all year.