Engineers Shine at Women’s Sprints

CAMDEN COUNTY, N.J. –MIT's women's openweight crew team had its best showing as a Division I program at the Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (EAWRC) Sprints on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. on Sunday afternoon. All four of the Engineers' crews placed better than their projected seeds entering the regatta to help the squad finish seventh out of 12 teams in the overall standings.

The Varsity 8 earned a spot in Sunday afternoon's grand final, after placing third in their morning heat with a five-second margin over the University at Buffalo to avenge a head-to-head loss from earlier in the spring. Tech then came in fifth in the grand final with a time of 6:39.49, finishing ahead of the crew from the U.S. Naval Academy.

The 2nd Varsity 8 had a terrific race in the petite final, maintaining a strong pace throughout the full 2000 meters to finish more than a full length ahead of the boats from Bucknell University and Boston University.

In the Varsity 4 petite final, the top four crews were very tight throughout the race, before Northeastern University pulled ahead for the victory. The Cardinal and Gray was second with a time of 7:48.81 and was followed by George Washington University and Boston College.

The 3rd Varsity 8 also had its best showing of the spring, avenging an earlier loss to Navy to finish in fourth in the petite final.

Head coach Holly Metcalf was very pleased with her team's performance, saying "The Sprints had a different format this year with the absence of the Ivies, but the competition was no less challenging. I couldn't be prouder of our entire team's effort, and it was a fitting end to our best season a very long time."

Metcalf also credited the senior class of Rachel Clary, Catherine Crowley, Rebecca Heywood, Morgan Houston, Grace Lin, Tess Saxton-Fox, Allison Simi and Brianna Woeckener for their contributions to the program: "It was wonderful for our senior class to go out on a high note, as they have all put their heart and soul into turning this team around. They pursued a vision of a vibrant and competitive program when no one else thought it was possible, and they made it a reality. It's been a blessing to see the amazing things they've accomplished in the last four years."

Boat Lineups

Women's Openweight – 1st Varsity 8

Coxswain     Grace Lin
8      Catherine Crowley
7 Allison Simi
6 Erin Meyer
5 Rebecca Heywood
4 Andrea Howell
3 Rebecca Taylor
2 Tess Saxton-Fox
1 Jean Sack

Women's Openweight – 2nd Varsity 8

Coxswain      Michelle Victora
8  Rebecca Jackson
7  Cliodhna McCarthy
6     Brianna Woeckener
5  Annie LaBine
4  Rebecca Fuhlbrigge
3  Betsy Soukup
2  Carolyn Holz
1  Samantha Hartzell

Women's Openweight – Varsity 4

Coxswain         Jessica Haskins
4  Joanie Weaver
3  Alycia Gardner
2  Madeleine Mott
1  Morgan Houston

Women's Openweight – 3rd Varsity 8

Coxswain     Joanna So
8 Alice Huang
7  Amy Taylor
6  Elizabeth Shanahan
5 Rachel Clary
4  Colleen Meehl
3 Sydney Beasley
2 Carmen Castanos
1  Emilee Johnson