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Bates rowing opens season at San Diego Crew Classic












SAN DIEGO -- The Bates men's and women's rowing teams open their seasons this weekend, April 2-3, by rowing against perhaps the stiffest competition they've ever faced, taking on an array of powerhouse Division I programs at the 38th annual San Diego Crew Classic. Bates is the only Division III team competing at the regatta, widely considered to be the unofficial opening of the sprint racing season in North America.

"Having a chance for our athletes to line up against programs of this ilk is a great opportunity, and one that we will take full advantage of," said Bates head coach Peter Steenstra, who is in his third year leading the two programs.

According to Steenstra, 41 members of the two teams will be competing in five events at the two-day regatta, which includes nearly 4,000 athletes from over 100 clubs, universities and colleges around the continent.

Among Bates' competitors in San Diego will be such storied Division I rowing programs as Notre Dame, UCLA, Alabama, Southern Cal, Oregon State, Iowa, Stanford, Wisconsin and California. Many of these teams have been on the water all winter long, while the Bates crews have had four on-water days since their February training trip to Austin, Texas. Therefore, some perspective is in order in terms of racing outcomes. "Our goal is to perform to the best of our abilities and use this early-season, major regatta as a test of speed as we enter our regular season," said Steenstra.

The talented and deep Bates women's team will begin its quest for an NCAA Championship, following two straight years of finishing as the national runner-up, with three boats in San Diego: a varsity eight, a second varsity eight and a varsity four. The Bobcats are ranked third in Division III in this week's CRCA/USRowing poll.

The Bates men -- by any account one of the top Division III teams in New England -- will have a varsity eight and a second varsity eight competing. The varsity eight, racing for the American Specialty Health Cal Cup, is comprised by Jason Weeks '11 (Hyde Park, Mass.), Joseph Nowak '11 (Brunswick, Maine), Andre Gobbo '13 (Chesterfield, N.H.), Jordy Winslow '13 (Wilton, Conn.), Peter Haley '13 (Cos Cob, Conn.), Matt Johns '13 (Seaford, N.Y.), Oliver Scholle '12 (Chestnut Hill, Mass.), stroke Peter K. Miller '12 (Philadelphia, Pa.) and coxswain Gabe Silverman '11 (West Hartford, Conn.).










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The men's second varsity eight, competing for the Sharp Cabrillo Cup, comprises Jon Frye '14 (Duxbury, Mass.), Sam MacGregor '14 (Princeton, N.J.), Caleb Glassman '14 (Radnor, Pa.), Hank Schless '14 (Old Greenwich, Conn.), Harry Chung '11 (Naperville, Ill.), Jake Harwood '14 (Hopkinton, N.H.), Charlie Carey '13 (Lincoln, Mass.), stroke Gar Ditz '14 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and cox Jake Sandor '14 (Montclair, N.J.).

The lineup for the Bates women's varsity eight, racing for the SeaWorld Cal Cup, has captain Ellen Patterson '11 (St. Louis Park, Minn.) in the bow, followed by Emma White '11 (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), Hannah Richardson '11 (Concord, Mass.), Rebecca Waldo '11 (Dracut, Mass.), Elizabeth Sonshine '12 (Short Hills, N.J.), Haley Sive '12 (Glenville, N.Y.), Kelsey Dion '12 (Truckee, Calif.), stroke Allison DiSalvo '12 (Lowell, Mass.) and at coxswain, captain Nora Collins '11 (Kensington, Md.).

The women's second varsity eight, racing for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy, has Aisling Ryan '14 (Millis, Mass.) in the bow, followed by Bliss Baker '14 (Sherborn, Mass.), Alexandra Hill '14 (Wayland, Mass.), Amy Jacks '12 (Baltimore, Md.), Catherine Tuttle '13 (Pittsford, N.Y.), Heather Monty '14 (Bedford, N.H.), Sarah Murphy '14 (Wellesley, Mass.), stroke Hope King '14 (Greenwich, Conn.) and cox Gabby Bilotta '14 (Washington, D.C.).

The women's varsity four, racing for the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup, has Carrie Dillaway '13 (Woodbridge, Conn.), Lauren Hadiaris '13 (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Caroline Webb '12 (Tiburon, Calif.), stroke Taylor Kniffin '14 (Stamford, Conn.) and coxswain Molly Huffaker '14 (Ithaca, N.Y.).

Go to The Bates Rower blog for an insider's view of the team as it prepares for San Diego.

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