Lightweight Women's Crew Performs Well on Blustery Saturday on the Charles

Lightweight Women's Crew Performs Well on Blustery Saturday on the Charles

THE BASICS:

- Location: Boston, Mass. (Charles River)

- The Lead: On Saturday morning on the Charles River, the MIT women's lightweight crew team took on Williams, Wellesley and William Smith in three varsity 8 races. In the D3 openweight national rankings, Williams is currently ranked No. 3, followed by Wellesley at No. 9. For MIT, the team's varsity 8 boat is currently No. 7 in the nation in this week's USRowing Collegiate Poll.

The conditions this morning included a 10-15 mph headwind and choppy water along the course.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In the varsity 8 race, the Engineers finished second out of four boats in a time of 8:09.768. The crew was one length down to Wellesley coming through the 1,000-meter mark, but walked back to beat the Blue by just under one second. Williams took the race in 8:04.8, along with Wellesley in third at 8:10.595 and William Smith fourth at 8:26.274. 

- The 2V8 struggled with the conditions in Lane Five throughout most of the race before making a strong push over the last 300 meters as the water flattened out. Overall, MIT was fourth in the heat in 8:51.710 as Wellesley finished first in 8:13.704. Williams crossed in second at 8:14.591, along with Williams Smith in third in a time of 8:41.434.

- The third varsity 8 boat crossed in fourth place in 9:24.588, finishing behind the Wellesley 4V boat that posted a time of 9:06.315. Wellesley won the heat in 8:22.1, while Williams was the runner-up in 8:24.919. Overall, the MIT 3V8 rowed a very clean, well-executed race.

BOATINGS:

Varsity 8
Cox: Chloe Thacker
8: Kelly Barton   
7: Sylvia Sarnik
6: Elizabeth Martin   
5: Annika Rollock
4: Brigid Bane
3: Sophie Herscovici
2: Sophie Blackburn
1: Frances Parker-Hale

Second Varsity 8
Cox: Jennifer Nwenyi
8: Lucy Milde
7: Sheila Kennedy-Moore
6: Kate Scott
5: Eileen Hu
4: Sophie Anderson
3: Haley Higginbotham
2: Megan Diehl
1: Sarah Grunsfeld

Third Varsity 8
Cox: Sarah Quraishi
8: Jordan Docter
7: Noa Schwartz
6: Sarah Edwards 
5: Kat Adams
4: Chloe Ayers
3: Crystal Chen
2: Cathy Choi
1: Ning Guan

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to action next weekend as the team travels to the Knecht Cup, which will take place on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. from April 14-15.

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