PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 9, 2016) -
For the third consecutive year, MIT Rowing Club (MITRC) competed in the Wharton Sprints, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Crew. The 1000 meter race was held on the Schuylkill River amid frigid temperatures and driving snow. But the race went on and MITRC came away victorious, beating the Yale and Wharton crews with a time of 3:27.8. In lieu of actual gold medals (apparently delivered to the wrong address), MITRC was awarded tankards (and promised that the well-earned gold medals would be delivered to Boston). After the race, the traditional BBQ was moved indoors to the cozy confines of the Fairmount Boat Club, part of Philadelphia's historic Boathouse Row. Wharton Crew's intrepid grillmasters braved the wintry weather and cooked up a feast for all. The day was capped off by fine Indian fare at an Indian restaurant aptly named The Indian Restaurant and a pub crawl that lasted into the wee hours. Many thanks to everyone at Wharton Crew for putting on another stellar regatta!

And way to go, Tech! Current Whartonian (and potential future MITRCer) Francisco Lopez has promised to hand deliver MITRC's well-earned medals when he moves to Boston in the next few weeks ... stay tuned!

CAMBRIDGE, MA (April 4, 2016) - The MIT Rowing Club (MITRC) opened its Spring 2016 season amidst a late snowstorm (and projections of continued snowfall) with a packed house for the MITRC General Meeting, held Monday, April 4, 2016. The meeting provided an overview of the Club and its competitive (Comp), recreational (Rec), and Learn-To-Row (LTR) programs. Co-Presidents Chris and Sunny and the other Club officers covered a broad range of topics such as safety, gear, equipment, coxing, land training, dock preparation, and the scheduling format. Following the General Meeting, newly minted members of the Learn-To-Row program were given a tour of the boat house. With the meeting adjourned, MITRC's Spring 2016 Season is officially underway ... GO TECH!

A note to prospective members:
  • Although the season has begun, experienced rowers are welcome to join the Club as substitutes. Subs are not regularly scheduled to row but are asked to fill in periodically for people who need someone to take their spot. If you are interested in serving as a sub, please email
  • MITRC always welcomes new coxswains. If you are an experienced coxswain and are interested in joining MITRC, please email
  • Other prospective rowers, including novices interested in MITRC's Learn-To-Row program, are welcome to join MITRC for the Summer 2016 season when we will again offer a full schedule of competitive, recreational, and Learn-To-Row programs. For more information, see JOIN US!

Put your ground-breaking research on hold, release some stress, and get to know your fellow rowers off the water with MITRC's "Happy Hour" Group. Join us each week as we take time to socialize (and build esprit de corps!) off the water. The date/time/place of the happy hour changes from week to week, so keep an eye out for the weekly email or join the MITRC Happy Hour group on WhatsApp.

And remember:
1- Happy Hours are strictly voluntary. If you can't make it this week, don't worry, we will have another social the next week. 
2- You don't need to drink alcohol to join us, I'll buy the first round of tap water :)
3- If you have a preference for day/time/place, send me an email with your suggestion, and I'll make it happen.
4- Feel free to bring friends/family/guests!

- Namir Jawdat, MITRC Social Chair

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