April 20, 2005
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The MIT lightweight women's crew team traveled to the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. this past weekend to participate in the Knecht Cup.
On Saturday, the second novice four, comprised of coxswain Ellen Chen, Shu Wang, Sherry Xi, Kelly Chang, and Antonella Alunni, fought valiantly in its opening heat but was overmatched when it raced in the open varsity fours event into a raging headwind.
In the varsity fours event, MIT had three entries, all of which successfully moved through their respective heats to advance to the finals. The stern four of the novice eight, comprised of coxswain Kelly Chien, Erqui Liu, Kate Madden, Lauren McCarthy, and Lisa Nakano, finished second, placing it in the Grand Finals. The varsity four finished third while the bow four of the novice eight placed fourth in their respective heats to move on to the Petite Finals.
In its second race of the day, the two novice fours competed in the novice lightweight eight finals and finished in sixth place. The Engineers rowed with the pack for the first 500 meters, but a very strong and more experienced field was able to pull away throughout the rest of the course.
In the Petite Finals of the varsity fours race on Sunday, the varsity four and the bow four of the novice eight were in adjacent lanes. Tech used this opportunity to push each other down the course, resulting in third and fifth-place finishes, respectively. Both fours rowed strongly with the field in the early going with Princeton University eventually taking a commanding lead. In the Grand Finals of the Varsity Fours event, the stern four of the novice eight rowed a strong race against all the other varsity crews to finish fifth, just 10 seconds shy of reaching the medal stand.
Competing for the varsity four squad was coxswain Jo Duh, Kathy Yao, Kat Hung, Veronica Andrews, and Veena Ramaswamy. Coxswain Ellen Chen, Laura Roberts, Clarissa Zimmerman, Jessica Lynch, and Jessica Lee made up the novice bow four.