CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT's lightweight women's crew squad traveled south to compete in a pair of prestigious regattas over the weekend, racing at the Dad Vail Regatta on Saturday and the Women's Eastern Sprints on Sunday. At the Dad Vail, the Varsity 8 boat finished on the medal stand, earning bronze with its third-place showing.
At the Dad Vail Regatta, the largest collegiate regatta in the country, the V8 finished third in the final for the Dennis Kamrad Trophy with a time of 7:24.56, ahead of the crews from the University of Tulsa and Purdue University and just under four seconds off of second-place University at Buffalo.
"This bronze medal is an exciting result for the crew and for the MIT Crew program," said head coach Claire Martin-Doyle after the race. "The team was focused, excited and and ready to race in their first ever appearance at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, against excellent competition. Earing a medal at this prestigious national regatta has been a long-term goal for our program. It's an outstanding reward for all the effort put in by the team."
MIT was the only lightweight program to field both a Varsity 8 and a Varsity 4 at the regatta. The Varsity 4 finished fourth in its heat, missing the grand final by just one position.
On Sunday, at the EAWRC Sprints, the Varsity 8 took sixth in the seven-boat final, finishing with a time of 7:15.16, ahead of the boat from the University of Massachusetts. The Novice 8 also competed, placing fourth in 7:43.67.
Women's Lightweight – 1st Varsity 8
Women's Lightweight – Varsity 4
Women's Lightweight – Novice 8