CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Heading into spring break training next week, the women's openweight crew is positioned to have perhaps its best racing season in recent memory.
The first race of the season will be at home against rival Boston College on Sunday April 3. This will be an important matchup, as the Eagles and Engineers will face each other twice more later in the season at the Beanpot Regatta and the Eastern Sprints.
The George Washington Invitational April 9-10 in Washington, D.C., involves three races in two days against fellow Eastern Sprints schools George Washington University, Georgetown University, and Navy. Last year the varsity eight swept its three races at this regatta, and hopes to do so again.
The following weekend the crew travels to nearby Worcester to face fellow Patriot League member Holy Cross on April 16. Also taking to the water that day will be Division III powerhouses Colby, Ithaca, Wesleyan, and Williams.
Tech will return to Worcester the very next week for the Patriot League Championship on April 24. This will only be the team's second year competing in the conference; last season the Engineers took fifth place as a team by placing fourth in both the varsity eight and second varsity eight events.
The regular season will end at home as usual with the Beanpot Regatta against Boston College, Boston University, Northeastern University and Radcliffe. This should be a very good test of speed heading into final preparations for the Eastern Sprints.
After a weekend off, the team will finish with the EAWRC Sprints, the oldest and most competitive regional championship in the country. The varsity eight took 15th place last year, the best finish since crew become a Division I sport at MIT. The team hopes to improve upon this result as well as be more competitive in the
"Our team is deeper and fitter than ever, and we are really eager to start racing," reports head coach Holly Metcalf. "With only two seniors we're still a fairly youthful squad, but we have several seasoned varsity rowers in the junior class and our freshman contingent is very strong and promising."