WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Bates College rowing crews had one of its best showings ever Sunday at the New England Rowing Championships. The Bates women finished fifth out of 17 teams in points with 54, while the men were tied with Boston College for ninth.
In the overall team standings, Bates came in fourth place with 96 points, ahead of 22 other schools, including New Hampshire (90), Holy Cross (82), Vermont (72), Wesleyan (66) and Tufts (66).
All four of Bates' varsity boats came through in the morning qualifying heats to make the afternoon grand finals.
On the women's side, the first varsity boat, ranked No. 5 in Division III by U.S. Rowing, was edged by New Hampshire by .051 seconds, 7:09.069 to 7:09.018, to finish fourth. The second varsity boat finished third in its final, bringing home the bronze medal. That boat defeated Williams, who had beaten them the week before, and lost out only to Holy Cross and Trinity.
The Bates men's first varsity boat came in sixth in the grand final, and the second varsity boat was fifth. Both of those races were won by Trinity.
Bates competes at the ECAC Championships next Sunday, May 12, in Binghamton, N.Y.