April 10, 2008
PRINCETON, N.J. - The MIT lightweight women accepted a daunting challenge on Saturday in Princeton, N.J. The Engineers raced against the Tigers during the previous weekend at the PAC-10 challenge in Redwood Shores, Calif., and conceded a devastating loss to Princeton's mighty crew. Despite the disadvantage, The MIT crew was determined to close the gap to the Tigers this weekend and raced aggressively both off the line and through the 2,000-meter race.
The MIT varsity eight came off the line leading Princeton and were even with the Tigers going into the 500-meter mark. While the No. 1-ranked Tigers pulled away through the middle of the race, the Engineers significantly closed the gap from last week's racing and finished 22 seconds behind Princeton.
Although the Engineers endured another setback, the varsity crew of coxswain Mindy Du, Xuefeng Chen, Caroline Bogdan, Jessica Lynch, Kate Hoff, Hilda Buss, Kate Madden, Erqi Liu, and Kelly Chang made up 26 seconds from the previous weekend.
According to head coach Claire Kostrzewski, "No one can be happy to lose by this amount, but we have to feel positive about closing the gap to Princeton and we will continue to work on improving. The crew came into this race with a very tough challenge and they did not let last week's loss negatively impact the way they raced today."
The Engineers' novice eight went up against the Princeton second varsity eight in the second race of the day on Lake Carnegie. While the novice eight was defeated, the boat performed well in their second-ever 2,000-meter race.
Novice head coach Amelia Booth noted, "We knew this would be a tough race, and the crew rowed well and aggressively."
The novice eight was coxed by Shireen Warnock and the crew rowed as Melody Kuna, Victoria Wang, Clare Flanagan, Amber Lin, Emma Jeffries, Catey Harwell, Liane Fang and Anne Shen.
The Engineers' next race is Sunday, April 20, versus Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.