Women's Crew Eager to Showcase It's Speed

March 2, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - MIT women's crew is hoping to build on a recent series of successes that will one day move the squad from national obscurity to league contender. Head Coach Sue Lindholm takes command Tech's varsity crew squad, while a strong commitment to the development of freshmen rowing will make the contributions of the novice boats crucial to the program's success.

 

Lindholm begins her seventh season as coach of the women's crew unit, and her success against the NEWMAC has been nearly unparalleled. Last Fall, the varsity team showed tremendous signs in its development by soundly defeating a crew from Cambrdige, England, in the Championship Eight at the Head of the Charles. The women's varsity eight closed the Fall slate by winning the Foot of the Charles, knocking off Boston University, Northeastern University and the junior varsity crew from Radcliffe College.

 

Leadership will pace the women's unit this season as the Engineers look to gain most of its power from seniors Jessica Chiafair, Kathy Hufford, Candace Jantzen-Marson, Erin Mathewson, and captain Teresa Shyr, although many open seats in the boat remain up for challenge.

 

The Novice members of the rowing program head into the spring campaign beaming with confidence. While many are still adjusting to life on the Charles, the freshmen are beginning to show their speed under the tutelage of coach Liane Malcos. At Crash-B's, half of the novice boat rowed under 7:40 for their first 2000 meters, serving as a strong indicator that the team has improved vastly in terms of strength and technique.

 

The Engineers are still finding their legs after splitting the program a few ago. The coaching staff has been presently surprised by the improvement of its novice team, while the team hopes for its upperclassmen to pave the way to another breakthrough this year for MIT women's crew.