Men’s and Women’s Crew: Crew teams finish regular season

Men’s and Women’s Crew: Crew teams finish regular season

By Guy D. Schoonmaker

The men’s crew team went 2-1 in their last three races to finish the regular season 3-2.

On April 22 the men’s team beat out Rutgers by two lengths to take their sixth consecutive Congram Cup on the Charles River. Northeastern clocked in at 5:52.3 with Rutgers at 5:59.7.

The next week they faced a strong Harvard team that cruised to a four-length victory in the Smith Cup. Harvard, the three-time defending national champion, won the race with a time of 5:44.6 to Northeastern’s 5:59.1.

The men won their last regular season race by a length and a half against Pennsylvania on the Schuylkill River in Schuylkill, Penn. They won their fifth straight Burk Cup with a time of 5:41.3 to Penn’s 5:46.4.

Senior captain Will Miller said he likes how the team is progressing.

“We came together nicely in the last week,” he said. “Now we are taking advantage of the extra time we have and settling down into a solid lineup.”

Head coach John Pojednic is optimistic about his team’s chances in the Eastern Sprints.

“They did a nice job sweeping Penn at the varsity level,” he said. “Now that exams are over we are gaining speed every day. We are very confident and expect to do very well as we head into the Eastern Sprints.”

The Men’s Eastern Sprints will be held in Worcester on Lake Quinsigimond May 21.

The women’s squad lost their last race of the season to Brown and Yale on the Seekonk River in Providence, R.I. Brown beat out Yale by a length and Yale beat Northeastern by the same margin.

Head coach Joe Wilhelm said he wasn’t happy with the way his team handled the rough weather conditions.

“I would have liked to see us race in those conditions a little better,” Wilhelm said. “We let the weather affect us. When our crews race to our potential and don’t worry about the other teams or the weather, that is when we are at our best.”

The loss gives the Huskies a 4-3 record for the season as they head into Eastern Sprints as the seventh seed. The Sprints will be held on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J. May 14.

“We lost to the faster teams in our division and beat the slower teams; we are seeded where we should be,” Wilhelm said. “We have an opportunity to win all the events we are in.”

Senior captain Devon Gracey said she has high hopes for the Huskies.

“I am really excited about Eastern Sprints. This could be my last race and the last race for the rest of the seniors, so it makes it that much more important,” Gracey said. “It was a good season and now we need to put it all together.”

To advance beyond the Eastern Sprints, Northeastern will have to get past a Radcliffe team they lost to earlier in the year.

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