June 2, 2012

Lightweight Crew Picks Reaches Grand Final at IRA Championships

CAMDEN, N.J. – MIT's lightweight crew team closed out its season at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. The Engineers, who qualified a 4+ team to the championships, saw their squad make it through to the Grand Final of the varsity race on Saturday.

Racing in the second heat in the morning, the MIT crew of junior coxswain Henry Skupniewicz (Madison, Wis.), juniors Stephen Freiberg (Weston, Mass.) and Cameron McAlpine (Portland, Ore.), freshmen Peter Augusciak (Shoreline, Wash.) and David Danko (Ithaca, N.Y.) battled it out with crews from Harvard, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Navy for a spot in the finals. The Engineers did their job, finishing third in the heat, less than four seconds behind Harvard and over six and a half seconds ahead of Milwaukee.

In the afternoon Grand Final the Engineers improved their morning time by nearly 11 seconds but were denied the opportunity to reach the medal stand, finishing sixth. MIT was close among the final three boats across the line, finishing less than four seconds behind crews from both Yale and Harvard.

Results
MVL4 H2

1. Navy, 6:31.934
2. Harvard, 6:35.822
3. MIT, 6:39.572
4. Milwaukee S of E, 6:46.198

MVL4 Grand Final
1. Navy, 6:18.126
2. Cornell, 6:20.519
3. Wisconsin, 6:21.931
4. Yale, 6:25.215
5. Harvard, 6:25.759
6. MIT, 6:28.804