Varsity 4 Leads Lightweight Crew at IRA National Championship

Varsity 4 Leads Lightweight Crew at IRA National Championship

THE BASICS:

- Location: Sacramento, Calif. (Lake Natoma)

- The Lead: At the season-ending IRA National Championship, the MIT women's lightweight crew team placed sixth overall with 43 points in the three-day event that took place at Lake Natoma.

HOW IT HAPPENED: 

SUNDAY'S RACING SUMMARY
- In the varsity 4 grand final on Sunday, the MIT crew posted the top finish in program history as the Engineers crossed in fourth in a time of 7:26.420. MIT was just over four seconds behind Boston University for third after falling to the Terriers by nearly nine seconds on Saturday in the heats. 

- The varsity 8 captured the petite final on Sunday as the Engineers defeated Tulsa for the third time on the weekend. The boat finished in a time of 6:49.794 and was seventh overall.

- In Sunday's doubles grand final, MIT finished in sixth overall as the Engineers posted a time of 8:35.497. 

SATURDAY'S RACING SUMMARY
- On Saturday in the varsity 8 heat, the Engineers crossed in third place in a time of 6:47.275 to finish in front of Tulsa and move into the repechage with a chance to still earn a spot in the grand final. MIT placed third in that race, finishing in 6:41.277 to finish comfortably in front of Tulsa and just back of Georgetown.

- In the varsity 4, MIT made a run at BU in the middle 1000 before the Terriers pulled away over the final 500 meters as MIT finished fourth in 7:26.420. 

- In the pairs heat, the Engineers were sixth in 8:33.924 as Stanford won that heat on Saturday.

COACH MARTIN-DOYLE ON THE WEEKEND'S REGATTA
"Our racing at the IRA showed the continued momentum of speed in our program - with a breakout performance in the four, and a convincing win in the petite final of the eight, the speed of the overall squad is solid. This was a great weekend of racing where we were able to challenge ourselves every race and every stroke and through that, continue to build the speed and depth of our program."

BOATINGS: 

Varsity 8

Cox: Chloe Thacker

Stroke: Brigid Bane

7: Sharon Wu

6: Kelly Barton      

5: Annika Rollock      

4: Priya Veeraraghavan

3: Frances Parker-Hale

2: Elizabeth Martin

1: Sylvia Sarnik    

Varsity 4

Cox: Prianca Tawde

4: Eileen Hu   

3: Valerie Hunter  

2: Sophie Blackburn

1: Lucy Milde

Varsity Pair

2: Rachel Osmundsen

1: Anne Kelley

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