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Bates crews win three races at WPI-hosted regatta

WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Bates College rowing crews posted wins in three out of six races, including the Women's Varsity 8, in a seven-team regatta on Sunday hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Bates' Women's Varsity 8 A boat outpaced runner-up Wellesley by nearly eight seconds, 7:30.7 to 7:38.63, while also defeating Mt. Holyoke, WPI and Clark.

Also winning for Bates were the men's second and third Varsity 8 boats, with Bates edging WPI 6:35.7 to 6:36.70 for first place in the Second Varsity 8 race, and Bates edging the University of Rhode Island in the Third Varsity 8 race, 6:57.8 to 6:58.17.

In the First Men's Varsity 8 race, Bates edged URI for second place in a tight race. The Bobcats (6:30.93) nipped the Rams (6:31.93) and closely trailed WPI (6:26.6).

In the Women's Second Varsity 8 race, Bates finished second to Wellesley. Bates' Women's Novice 8 placed fourth out of four teams.