CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Back on the Charles River for a second straight day of competition, the MIT openweight crew team took on Rutgers University on a bright, sunny morning on the river. In the four events contested the two teams split the races, with the Engineers picking up victories by both the Varsity 8 and 2nd Varsity 8 crews.
In both of the MIT wins the Engineers pulled out a pair of close ones, as both victories came with the boats finishing less than three seconds apart. In the Varsity 8 race MIT put up a time of 7:39.8, edging out Rutgers at the line by 2.4 seconds. The margin was just 2.6 in the 2nd Varsity 8 contest, with the Engineers besting the Scarlet Knights with a time of 8:00.9 over the 2,000-meter course.
Rutgers picked up their two wins in the first two events of the morning, the 3rd Varsity 8 and the Varsity 4 races. The Scarlet Knights crossed the line in 8:07.3 in the 3V8 contest, beating the Engineers to the line by just less than 25 seconds. Rutgers clocked a 9:22.4 in the Varsity 4 race, winning by bit more than 19 seconds.
MIT will be on the road for its next action, as the Engineers will take part in the George Washington Invitational on April 11 and 12 in Washington, D.C.