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Help MIT varsity crew gain access to real-time biomechanics to improve team performance!

About the System

The PowerLine Rowing Instrumentation and Telemetry system evaluates crew technique and performance by measuring the force, angle, and speed of each rower’s stroke. Oarlock-mounted sensors measure the force and angle applied by each oar, providing precise data on the power, movement, and efficiency of each stroke. Boat motion sensors also capture speed data from an impeller mounted on the hull of the boat. The PowerLine system represents an opportunity to make MIT varsity crew better, faster, stronger!

Why Support Us

MIT’s varsity crew teams continue to excel on the water. But in true MIT fashion, our teams strive for constant improvement and efficiency. To continue MIT Crew’s legacy of excellence, we need your help! MIT Crew relies on alumni donations to help maintain and grow our world-class program. Equipment costs represent 10 percent of the program’s operating budget, and the PowerLine system accounts for a significant portion of this year’s equipment costs.  

The PowerLine system has been helping national teams succeed since 2002 and is now widely used by many collegiate teams. It’s time for MIT to capitalize on the available technology to allow our teams to remain competitive. From analyzing differences in stroke strength to measuring the efficiency of blade entry and coordination of power, the PowerLine system will increase the speed of MIT’s crews. The access to real-time biomechanics will provide the coaches with valuable feedback that will be used to strengthen and optimize the technique and performance of our crews.  

About MIT Crew

Last spring, MIT's lightweight men finished second in the Secretary of the Navy Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic, and the lightweight women entered the varsity heavyweight eight event at the Dad Vail Regatta and made the grand final. This fall, MIT’s heavyweight men finished a program-best third in the Head of the Charles collegiate eight race, and the women’s openweight finished fourth in the Head of the Fish varsity eight event.

MIT varsity crew is consistently recognized for academic excellence, including rowers on the IRA All-Academic Teams and recipients of the NCAA Public Recognition Award.

 

Support the advancement of MIT Crew and bring technology onto the Charles! 

 

MIT Varsity Crew's Way of Saying Thank You

A gift of $25: You receive an MIT Crew thank-you card from student athlete

A gift of $75: You receive an MIT Crew thank-you card from a student athlete and an MIT Crew sticker

A gift of $125: You receive an MIT Crew ball cap signed by the coaches and an MIT Crew sticker

A gift of $250: You receive an unframed Pierce Boathouse print 

A gift of $500: You receive a framed Pierce Boathouse print 

A gift of $1,000: You receive a signed blade from a retired MIT Crew oar

A gift of $2,500: You receive a 2019 spring practice ride-along with Tony Kilbridge, Director of Rowing, H. W. McCurdy ’22 Men's Varsity Heavyweight Coach 

 

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