PRINCETON, N.J. – The MIT women's openweight crew team traveled down to Princeton over the weekend, with three boats competing in the three-mile Princeton Chase event. Tech's Varsity and Second Varsity eights competed in the same event while the Novice eight also raced.
Snowy conditions and high winds on Saturday closed the course, forcing the MIT crews to miss out on a practice row. In the varsity race, Tech's top boat placed 26th out of 49 entries with a time of 16:31.2. The Cardinal and Gray finished ahead of "A" boats from Rutgers University, Georgetown Washington University and Georgetown University.
The Second varsity's time of 17:23.2 was good for 47th overall.
The University of Virginia took first place with a time of 14:35.2, the same boat which won the Championship eight event at last week's Head of the Charles.
In the Novice eight race, MIT was 11th out of 18 crews, finishing in 14:40.7. The novices beat out boats from the University of Rhode Island, Yale and Boston University.
"All of our crews rowed hard, but didn't really settle into the rhythm that we're used to having," commented head coach Holly Metcalf. "Because of this we didn't perform as well as we expected, as you can see from the fact that the varsity eight was 13% slower than Virginia this weekend, but only 7% behind a week ago. So I'm pleased with the individual effort of each athlete, but now it looks like we need to refocus on tying that effort together better as a group."
MIT will travel up to Dartmouth College next weekend for the Green Monster Freshman Invitational. Both the openweight and lightweight novice boats will race in the same event, beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Women's Openweight - Varsity 8
Women's Openweight - Second Varsity 8
Women's Openweight - Novice 8