GREENE, Maine -- Bowdoin made a strong push to claim its first Thomas Hedley Reynolds President's Cup in the regatta's 13-year history, but host Bates College's men's and women's rowing teams retained the Cup on Sunday by tying with the challengers from Brunswick.
Bates and Bowdoin both scored 13 President's Cup Points, while Colby took in 10. As the winner of last year's Cup, Bates retained possession.
The host Bobcats dominated the showcase races, taking first place in the varsity and second varsity eights races on both the men's and women's sides. The Bates men's varsity covered the 2,000-meter course on the Androscoggin River in 6:18, ahead of Bowdoin (6:26) and Colby (6:27). The Bates men defeated the Colby men in the second varsity eights race, 6:31 to 6:51.
On the women's side, the Bates first varsity eight, ranked No. 3 in the country by US Rowing and the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association, soundly defeated the competition, finishing in 7:05, well ahead of Bowdoin (7:27) and Colby (7:36). Bates far outpaced Colby in the women's second varsity eights as well, 7:22 to 7:58.
In the other women's races, Bowdoin beat Colby in women's fours (7:59 to 8:20), and Bates won novice fours handily in 8:21, ahead of Colby (8:55).
In the other men's races on the day, Bowdoin won the men's varsity fours in 7:11, two seconds ahead of runner-up Colby. Bates won the five-boat novice fours race in 7:08, eight seconds ahead of Bowdoin. Colby defeated Bowdoin in the men's novice eights race, 6:56 to 7:07.
Bates travels to Pittsfield, Mass., on Saturday for a regatta with Marist, Coast Guard, Ithaca and host Williams.