Varsity 8, Varsity 4 Lead Engineers at Dad Vail Regatta

Varsity 8, Varsity 4 Lead Engineers at Dad Vail Regatta

THE BASICS:

- Location: Philadelphia, Pa. (Schuykill River)

- The Lead: At the Dad Vail Regatta, the MIT women's lightweight crew team earned spots on the medal stand in both the varsity 8 and lightweight varsity 4 competition as the Engineers performed well in rainy conditions on Saturday.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In the varsity 8 competition, the Engineers, who are currently ranked No. 8 nationally in the lightweight 8, finished as the bronze medalists in the grand final as the crew crossed in 6:39.523 in the competition for the Dennis Kamrad Trophy. This marks the sixth time that the MIT varsity 8 crew has earned a spot on the medal stand at the Dad Vail.

- For the lightweight varsity 4, the Engineers finished with the bronze medal and earned a spot on the medal stand for the third time as the MIT crew finished in a time of 7:33.821 in the grand final. MIT advanced to the grand final with a second-place finish in their heat at 7:41.689 before placing just in front of UC Berkeley in the competition for the Robert Espeseth Trophy.

- In the open 4 race, MIT crossed in 26th place in its heat with a time of 7:53.511 to advance to the fifth-level final, which was cancelled later in the day due to inclement weather.

- In the pairs competition, the MIT duo of sophomore Sophie Blackburn (Wichita, Kan.) and senior Anne Kelley (Chapel Hill, N.C.) placed fifth in the grand final with a time of 8:30.056 to defeat Lafayette by a 7.6-second margin. The Engineers qualified for the final with a second-place finish in their heat in 8:41.524.

BOATINGS:

Varsity 8
Cox: Chloe Thacker
Stroke: Brigid Bane
7: Annika Rollock    
6: Kelly Barton    
5: Sharon Wu
4: Priya Veeraraghavan
3: Michelle Lauer
2: Elizabeth Martin
1: Sylvia Sarnik    

Lightweight 4
Cox: Prianca Tawde
4: Frances Parker-Hale
3: Valerie Hunter
2: Eileen Hu 
1: Lucy Milde

Open 4
Cox: Jennifer Nwenyi
4: Megan Diehl
3: Hannah Thel
2: Lila Jansen
1: Rachel Osmundsen

Open Pair

Sophie Blackburn and Anne Kelley

UP NEXT:

- The Engineers are back in action in early June as the team competes at the IRA National Championship at Lake Natoma in Sacramento, Calif.

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