CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Over the summer current rowers and alumnae of MIT Crew represented various rowing clubs in club racing both nationally and internationally.
From the lightweight women's squad, members of the team trained at Boston Rowing Club and Riverside Boat Club. Senior Lauren Ayers (Portland, Maine) represented Riverside Boat Club in racing at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. Ayers competed in multiple events; notably, in the U23 lightweight single she won her heat in her first trip down the course at the regatta. Ayers therefore advanced to the top 18, out of 50 overall competitors. In the semifinal of the event, Ayers just missed out on advancing to the grand final, coming in fifth. Ayers also competed in the U23 single, senior lightweight quad and U23 lightweight double.
Several of the MIT lightweight men also chose to row at Riverside over the summer. Practicing twice a day many days, the effort they put in will surely improve the speed of the squad for this coming season. In addition to regular practices, Riverside competed at a number of races, the biggest of which was the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. Three of the team's rowers traveled with the club to this event. Juniors, Zach Segal (Los Altos, Calif.) and Devin Cela (Pomfret Center, Conn.), and sophomore Jason Lee (Hollywood, Fla.) all competed. Zach and Jason rowed in the U23 8+, the U23 4+, and the U23 4-; Jason and Devin rowed in the Senior 8+ and the U23 4-. Sophomore Ben Potash (Duxbury, Mass.) also rowed on the Charles this summer, competing with Community Rowing's U23 program. He raced in several boats at Club Nationals in Indianapolis and earned a bronze medal in the Senior Lightweight 8+ and a silver in the Intermediate Lightweight 8+.
On the heavyweight men's side, Lucas Goodman '11, came in third in the Senior Eight and the U23 Double at Canadian Henley, once again, rowing for Riverside Boat Club. Sophomore Charles Hsu (Taipei, TAIWAN) trained as a coxswain with the Riverside Boat Club competitive sweep program.
For the openweight women, senior captain Catherine Crowley (New York, N.Y.) earned a spot with the highly competitive Small Boat Training Center in Craftsbury, Vt. Coached by Larry Gluckman, she placed fourth in the U23 double at Canadian Henley. Junior Jean Sack (Eureka, Calif.) trained alongside Catherine for a month while she worked as an intern at Craftsbury. She raced to the semifinal round at Canadian Henley in the U23 single. Sophomore coxswain Michelle Victora (New Brighton, Minn.) has spent the summer with the Minnesota Boat Club, which won the women's eight at the Duluth International Regatta, as well as the Lipton Cup at the North West International Rowing Association championship.
All four MIT Crew squads start back to practice on the first day of class, Wednesday, September 7 and will begin training for the fall racing season.