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Men's rowing wins four dual races on Malden River







MEDFORD, Mass. -- Three crews from the Bates College men’s rowing team won four duel races against crews from the University of New Hampshire and NESCAC rival Wesleyan on Saturday, in a regatta hosted by Tufts University at the William A. Shoemaker Boathouse on the Malden River.

The first varsity eight, currently ranked sixth in the New England Rowing Championships Coaches Poll, lost a hard-fought race against fourth-ranked Wesleyan early in the day before beating 11th-ranked New Hampshire.  “In the second race we were able to fall into a smooth rhythm early on,” said six-seat sophomore Graham Pearson (Irvington, N.Y.).  “When we did that, we found ourselves out front and stayed there the rest of the race.” 

A slow start put Weslyan a boat length ahead of Bates in the second varsity eight race. But first-year coxswain Jack Mulvaney (Bow, N.H.) drove a great line through two small turns and brought the Bobcat crew level with Wesleyan at the 1,000-meter mark.  Once level, the crew found a second gear and pulled ahead for a 10-second margin of victory.

In their first race of the season, the varsity four also came from behind for a victory over Wesleyan.  It was the first race ever for junior coxswain Gabe Silverman (West Hartford, Conn.) and first-year bowman Joncarl Hersey (Willow, N.Y.).


First Varsity Eight (Stroke: Cory Sanderson.  7: Matthew Martone.  6: Graham Pearson.  5: Brian Quarrier.  4: Glenn Kelly.  3: James Grant.  2: Charles Biddle.  Bow: Brian Klein.  Cox: Lindsay Thomson)

Race 1

  1. Wesleyan         6:24.11
  2.  Bates              6:27.47

Race 2

  1. Bates               6:33.20
  2. UNH               7:10.89

Second Varsity Eight (Stroke: Dan LaFontaine.  7: Timothy Henderson.  6: Peter C. Miller.  5: Jason Weeks.  4: Joseph Nowak.  3: Matt Morgan.  2: Peter K. Miller.  Bow: Oliver Scholle.  Cox: Jack Mulvaney)

Vs. Wesleyan

  1. Bates               6:47.93
  2. Wesleyan         6:57.35

Varsity Four (Stroke: Joseph Nowak.  3: Andy Wood.  2: Daniel Miller.  Bow: Joncarl Hersey.  Cox: Gabe Silverman)

Vs. Wesleyan

  1. Bates               7:58.70
  2. Wesleyan         8:01.72