April 6, 2010

Bucknell Edges Women's Lightweights at Murphy Cup

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - MIT turned in another strong performance at this weekend’s 28th Murphy Cup on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. In the afternoon final of the varsity lightweight eight, MIT took on Bucknell in a two-boat showdown. The engineers got off the line quickly and held the lead at the halfway mark. Bucknell, silver medalists at last year’s IRA National Championship, pushed hard to take the lead and came across the finish line just 3.7 seconds ahead of Tech.

Earlier in the day, the engineers second varsity eight broke down into two fours join the 3V4 in the heats of the lightweight four event. Two of MIT’s entries earned a place in the final, where they would later finish 4th and 6th.  Though the team was disappointed not to place, this result marks the first time MIT has placed two boats in the final of this event.

Next up, MIT travels to Cherry Hill, N.J. for the Knecht Cup on Saturday and Sunday April 10 and 11. 

Results: 

Women’s Ltwt Varsity 8+ Final @ 3:12pm
1st        Bucknell         6:54.02
2nd       MIT                 6:57.82 

Women’ Ltwt Varsity 4+ Final @ 2:24pm
1st        Pittsburgh                  7:36.68
2nd       Bucknell                     7:37.54
3rd       Penn State                  7:43.47
4th        MIT A                          7:47.85
5th        Lafayette                    7:52.56
6th        MIT C                          8:04.07 

Line-Ups:

Varsity Lightweight Eight:
C: Man-Yan Lam
8: Clare Flanagan
7: Melody Kuna
6: Merdith Lis
5: Katie Inman
4: Sabine Schneider
3: Lizzy Wei
2: Hilda Buss
1: Caroline Lowenthal 

Varsity Lightweight Four “A”:
C: Mindy Du
4: Xuefeng Chen
3: Casey Stein
2: Emma Jeffries
1: Catey Harwell

Varsity Lightweight Four “B”:
C: Man-Yan Lam
4: Nidhi Kulkarni
3: Hannah Gramling
2: Charlotte Herhold
1: Jill Oliveira 

Varsity Lightweight Four “C”:
C: Minna Du
4: Chelsea Lyons
3: Lauren Ayer
2: Sara Ferry
1: Marie McGraw