October 16, 2007

Lightweights Perform Well In Fall Debut

Oct. 13, 2007

PEMBROKE, N.H. - The MIT lightweight women took second place in the open eight race on Saturday at the New Hampshire Championship Regatta in Pembroke, N.H. The Engineers finished second with a time of 15:56.0, besting last year's winner, University of Vermont, while only falling to Tech's own openweight varsity eight which won the event with a time of 15:50.0.

The lightweight women were rowing as "MIT C" and started the three-mile race in the back of the 13-team field. The lightweights made the most of their starting position by using the boats ahead of them to push themselves throughout the race and passed many of the crews who started ahead of the Engineers.

According to head coach Claire Kostrzewski, "this is a good, aggressive way to start the year".

Combining with the heavyweight women, the lightweight women filled out the MIT "B" boat entry in the open eight. Sophomore Minna Du, coxed the combination boat, with sophomore Emily Dykgraaf at six seat, senior Kelly Chang at five seat and freshman, Caroline Bogdan in the bow. The combination boat tied for fourth place, making a strong showing for the MIT women, which delivered first, second and fourth in the open eight.

The lightweight women also raced in the open four, and tied for 10th place out of 21 boats after posting a clip of 18:07.0. The four was coxed by sophomore varsity Mindy Du, while four freshmen secured strong performances racing for the first time as Engineers.

Varsity Lightweight Eight (MIT "C")
C - Mindy Du
S - Xuefeng Chen
7 - Kate Madden
6 - Hilda Buss
5 - Kate Hoff
4 - Jessica Lynch
3 - Bernice Huang
2 - Erqi Liu
B - Rebecca Gould

Varsity Lightweight Four (MIT "D")
C - Mindy Du
S - Alie Doolittle
3 - Caroline Bogdan
2 - Hilda Buss
1 - Catey Harwell

MIT "B" Eight (MIT "B")
C - Minna Du
S - Julia Fu
7 - Melody Kao
6 - Emily Dykgraaf
5 - Kelly Chang
4 - Connie Yeh
3 - Erika Cerda
2 - Katya Jarrell
B - Caroline Bogdan

For detailed results, please visit: http://www.amoskeagrowing.org/Regatta/2007/results.html