April 20, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - MIT's varsity heavyweight crew defeated Williams College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Connecticut College on a wind-whipped Lake Quinsigamond to bring the Donahue Cup back to Cambridge. Williams, a Division III rowing powerhouse, had captured the cup from the Engineers in 2006 and delivered a staunch test for the Cardinal and Gray that resulted in an incredibly tight finish.
After upending MIT last spring, Williams had no intention of letting the Engineers reclaim series bragging rights. The Ephs started fast, taking two seats on MIT in the first 400 meters. The Engineers stopped the Williams push, and the two crews held their positions for the next 1000 meters, leaving WPI and Connecticut College well behind.
In the third 500, MIT drew even, then, with 500 meters to go, raised its rate and pulled ahead by four seats. Williams sprinted back and closed hard on the Tech crew, but it was too late as MIT crossed the line one second ahead.
MIT finished with a time of 5:54.7, while the Ephs rowed 5:55.94. WPI finished third in the varsity eight race, while the Camels completed the circuit in a distant fourth to round out the field.
MIT also entered a freshman eight in Worcester which finished second overall after a clip of 6:26. Williams grabbed the top spot in the rookie race with a mark of 6:18.6.