- Event: Head of the Charles Regatta
- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Charles River)
- The Lead: The MIT men's heavyweight Collegiate 8+ captured first place at the Head of the Charles on Sunday, marking its fifth straight top-10 finish and the program's first victory in the event. A day earlier, the Club 8+ finished 12th and the Club 4+ was 46th.
HOW IT HAPPENED – Collegiate 8+:
- MIT registered a time of 14.25.901, a comfortable 3.219 seconds ahead of runner-up Marist in a field of 38 teams, and 1.7 seconds off the course record. The Engineers started third, behind Michigan and Drexel. By the halfway mark at Weeks Footbridge, MIT passed Drexel and was moving on Michigan. Tech rowed the body of the race at a 34, and sprinted to the line only four seconds behind Michigan, which had started with a 20 second lead. The Engineers reached the Riverside Boat Club in 3:14.404 and then passed the Weld Boathouse just under the eight-minute mark. MIT crossed the Cambridge Boat Club checkpoint in 11:57.044 before reaching the finish line 2:28.857 later.
HOW IT HAPPENED – Club 4+:
- MIT recorded a raw time of 17:56.582, which would have put the Engineers in 18th place out of 58 crews. However, Tech incurred a one-minute interference penalty while passing one of the slower boats it had to maneuver through. As a result, the Engineers ranked 46th.
HOW IT HAPPENED – Club 8+:
- MIT finished 12th out of 39 crews with a time of 15:19.366, moving up from the 18th starting position. The Engineers reached the Riverside Boat Club in 3:33.562 and then passed the Weld Boathouse at the 8:27.898 mark. MIT crossed the Cambridge Boat Club checkpoint in 12:40.732 before reaching the finish line 2:38.634 later, guaranteeing a spot in next year's race.
- MIT travels to Fish Creek at Lee's Park in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. for the Head of the Fish on Saturday, Oct. 26.