CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – It was a battle of nationally ranked lightweight crews for the Geiger Cup on the waters of the Charles River on Saturday, with No. 4 Cornell, No. 7 Columbia and No. 11 MIT vying for the trophy. In the end it was the Big Red crew that came away with the prize, with MIT finishing 3rd.
In the Varsity 8 race Cornell finished the 2,000-meter course in 6:11.4, holding off challenges from the Columbia crew that crossed the line 7.2 seconds behind. MIT could not keep pace with the other two boats and finished third in 6:41.4.
MIT's Frosh/Novice team continued to have a strong season with a second-place finish in their race. The Big Red held off the Engineers at the end, taking the race by just 4.7 seconds. Columbia entry had an over-the-head crab that stopped the boat midway through the race and finished third, 14 seconds behind MIT.
MIT and Cornell also had a pair of Varsity Four boats race, with the Big Red crews finishing ahead of both MIT entries.
MIT will race again next weekend when it travels to Philadelphia to take on crews from Penn and Delaware on the Schuylkill River on Saturday.
1) Cornell 6:11.4
2) Columbia 6:18.6
3) MIT 6:41.4
1) Cornell 6:37.8
2) MIT 6:42.5
3) Columbia 6:54.0 *
* Over-the-head boat stopping crab at the 1000m mark. Trailing 6 seats prior to crab.