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No. 3 women's varsity eight beats No. 4 Trinity again

WORCESTER, Mass. -- For the second time in six days, the No. 3 nationally ranked Bates women's varsity eight defeated No. 4 Trinity on Saturday at Worcester.

Bates outpaced Trinity in the women's varsity eight race by 5.1 seconds, 6:50.4 to 6:55.5, over 2,000 meters in cold drizzle on flat water. The University of New Hampshire, Skidmore and Vassar rounded out the field, in order. Bates' margin of victory was virtually identical to Sunday's, when Trinity was beaten 7:12.6 to 7:17.8.

The exact same order was repeated in the second varsity race, with Bates winning in 7:05.2, with Trinity again the runner-up at 7:09.4. This comes after the Bates second varsity eight lost to the Bantams on Sunday.

The Bates men, currently ranked eighth in New England, were in a competitive varsity eights race, finishing fifth out of six boats in 6:17.4, close behind UNH (6:13.0). Bates was second only to Trinity of four boats in the second varsity eights race, 6:25.4 to 6:12.2. The Bobcats were third out of five boats in the varsity fours race and took first place out of six boats in the novice fours.

On Sunday Bates hosts its only home regatta of the spring, The Thomas Hedley Reynolds President's Cup, at the Bates Boathouse in Greene, Maine. The Cup has been won nine times by Colby, four times by Bates. Bowdoin has yet to win the Cup. Last year Bates won the regatta for the third time in four years.