April 15, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The lightweight women competed against Radcliffe, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst yesterday, with results that provided much-needed encouragement after the disappointments at the Knecht Cup. There was a strong pulse at the boathouse, with President Hockfield and numerous alumni on hand to watch the home races.
It was perhaps the busiest day of the year on the Charles, with several regattas overlapping throughout the morning. Crew races began at 6:40am and continued into the early afternoon, only to be followed by sailing competitions. The weather forecast looked less than promising, but the predicted rain and wind did not materialize, and conditions were generally good for racing.
Last-minute injuries on both the Radcliffe and MIT squads changed the intended format of the competition somewhat. As it came out in the end, there were two lightweight eight events and one lightweight four event.
The 10:36 race was between the varsity eight from URI, the second eight from Radcliffe, and a varsity/novice combination boat from MIT. The Engineers trailed throughout the race, but made a charge in the second half. They marched steadily up on URI through the sprint, finishing only a second behind, far closer than the 17-second margin of last week. The times were: Radcliffe B 7:48.8, URI A 7:52.2, and MIT A 7:53.2.
Next came another eights race at 11:12, this time between the UMass varsity and a second eight from MIT with six novice and two varsity rowers. UMass pulled up to a length lead by the halfway mark, but the Engineers made a strong move in the third 500, and gained a lead of a few seats as they passed the Pierce boathouse. Continuing to advance throughout the sprint, MIT won the race with about a seat of open water at the finish. The winning time was 8:13.5, with UMass at 8:18.6.
Radcliffe entered two fours in the final race, as did MIT. Both Radcliffe entries were lightweight, MIT A consisted of four novice lightweights who had raced in the first eight event, and MIT B was a mixed open/light/varsity/novice lineup. From the first 500 Radcliffe B led the race, followed by Radcliffe A, MIT A, and MIT B. The Engineers rowed well, but were unable to make up the lost water. At the finish it was Radcliffe B (8:40.9), Radcliffe A (8:48.7), MIT A (9:04.5), and MIT B (9:24.3).
By the end of racing the sun had emerged from the clouds, and it remained a beautiful day for the dedication of the first size-appropriate boat for MIT lightweight women's crew. The first-of-its-kind new Resolute racing shell was named "1973 The First Women's Varsity Crew" to recognize the strong women who helped make MIT Crew what it is today and what it can become in the future.
C- Margaret Carlton-Foss
4- Julia Fu
3- Cynthia Lin
2- Cong Luo
1- Cynthia Wilson