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Season Review: Bates rowers excelled in Fall 2007

The Bates College men's and women's rowing teams had an excellent fall 2007 season, with great training and terrific racing success.  The fall marked the return of head coach Andrew Carter, after a year-long leave in New Zealand, as well as the addition of a fresh group of first-years to add to an already solid upper-year roster.

The Bates women's First Varsity Eight gets ready  prior to their victory at the Quinsigamond Snake. (Photos by James Martin)

After four weeks of skills-based preparation, both squads opened at the newly minted Quinsigamond Snake Regatta with first-place performances on both the men's and women's sides.  The "Snake", a new collegiate-only regatta, drew teams from some of New England's finest rowing programs, including five of the NESCAC schools.

With all women's eights running in the same event, the three Bates entries finished first, third and 16th in a 21-boat field that included multiple crews from Colby, Tufts, Connecticut College, Holy Cross, WPI, Clark, and Assumption.  Not to be outdone, the Bates First Varsity Men won the Men's Eights event over runner-up WPI.  Meanwhile the Bobcat Second Varsity finished sixth and the Novice placed 13th overall in a 20-boat field that included multiple crews from Colby, Tufts, Boston College, Holy Cross, Williams, USMMA, and Clark.

The Bates men's First Varsity Eight.

Three crews represented Bates at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston this fall, with best-ever team results.  The women's squad had two entries selected into the Collegiate Eights division and the results were both terrific and encouraging.  With the "Charles" being the only opportunity to race directly with the nation's best before the all-important spring season, 5th and 13th place overall finishes (3rd and 9th among DIII and 4th and 10th among US crews) for 1V and 2V women was a clear message that the Bobcats are on the hunt.  The men followed in their Collegiate division with a 9th place overall finish (5th among DIII and 7th among US crews).  Another great statement of future intent by the garnet!

The fall season closed with the annual CBB Chase at Colby College.  While the weather was terrible, the racing was terrific for Bates.  The three races contested were swept by the Bobcat crews.  The men's division was won by the 1V, with the 2V finishing third and the Novice 6th overall.  The women's varsity race saw both Bates crews defeat all comers with the top crews from Bowdoin and Colby chasing garnet over the 2.5-mile course.  Finally, the Novice Women's race was won by Bates to cap the season.