SAN DIEGO, Calif. – It was the opening of the spring season racing season for the MIT lightweight crew team as the squad traveled across the country to take part in the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic on the waters of Mission Bay. The Engineers turned in a strong performance, finishing fourth in their opening heat of the Men's Collegiate Varsity American Specialty Health Cup before finishing fifth in the petite race on Sunday.
Kicking off their season in the first heat of the day at 7:30 a.m. in San Diego, the Engineers rowed out of lane 5 between crews from Washington State University and Long Beach State University. In what proved to be the fastest of the three heats MIT finished fourth out of the seven boats, covering the 2,000-meter course in 6:11.96. The Engineers were three seconds ahead of Washington State and four seconds behind Orange Coast College for third.
Overall MIT posted the fifth-fastest time of the three heats and qualified to the petite race on Sunday. In that race the Engineers were in the mix early until the crew from Orange Coast College established a lead that none of the rest of the field could overcome. MIT finished fifth, holding off a crew from UCLA and finishing about six seconds behind the second through fourth-place boats.
MIT will return to its home waters for its next competition when it takes on Yale for the Joy Cup on April 7 in a race that will also include crews from Georgetown. The first of the races is scheduled for 7:18 a.m.