|Martin Van Mierlow was in the bow seat for the winning 3rd varsity eight|
WORCESTER - Tufts men's crews had a mixed performance Sunday, but showed they will be a team to contend with at New England's in two weeks.
The Jumbo varsity crew fell to WPI's Engineers in a thrilling wire-to-wire race that eventually fell to WPI. Tufts led for the first 1,200 meters before WPI answered in the third 500 meters. At the end, the margin was less than a length, with WPI covering the Lake Quinsigamond course in 5:56.89, 3.7 seconds ahead of the Jumbos who finished in 6:00.59.
Washington College hung with the leaders all the way down the course, and was 2.92 seconds astern of Tufts, with Skimore finishing another 10.4 seconds back. It was a valiant effort for the Jumbos, but in the end, the Engineers did enough to retain the Baker Cup. Tufts ends its regular season 8-2, it's only losses at the hands of WPI and Bates, currently ranked #2 and #3 in New England.
The race of the day had to be the 2nd varsity eights, where WPI and Tufts were joined at the throat for the full 2,000 meters. Ten strokes from the finish it looked like Tufts had about a two seat margin, but the Engineers found another gear, and the Jumbos couldn't match it and at the end WPI came out on top. The result was a 0.53 second victory for WPI, a margin of about four feet. WPI crossed the line in 6:06.82, Tufts 6:07.35 with Washington College trailing in 6:32.38.
In other action the Tufts 3V eight and novice eight continued their winning ways. In a combined race, the two crews finished one and two, with the novices leading the way. WPI's novice eight finished third, with the Washington College third varsity trailing. Both Tufts crews went sub 6:30 (6:22.93 and 6:27.93 respectively), with WPI at 6:30.36 and Washington College 6:54.09.
The Jumbos return to action on April 30 at the New England Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond.