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Men's and women's rowing both win Petite Final at San Diego

The Bates women's varsity eight defeated all of its competition at the San Diego Crew Classic, save for the top two finishers in the Grand Final, Tulsa and Alabama. (Photo by Peter Steenstra)

SAN DIEGO -- The Bates men's and women's rowing teams won their respective Petite Finals on Sunday to cap a very impressive opening regatta of the spring season for the Bobcats at the 38th annual San Diego Crew Classic.

The Bates men's second varsity eight defeated an all-California field of six boats in the Men's Collegiate 2V Petite race, covering the 2,000-meter course in 6:26.40 to edge UC Davis (6:28.42). Rounding out the field were Orange County (6:31.52), UC Santa Barbara (6:37.81), UC Irvine (6:42.91) and UC Santa Clara (6:54.06).

Three races later, the Bates women's varsity eight finished first out of six boats in the Women's Collegiate Varsity Petite race. Their time of 6:52.90 nipped the University of Victoria (6:53.89), and was followed by Drexel (6:55.10), San Diego State, St. Mary's and Southern Methodist. In the Bates women's varsity eight's two races, the Bobcats defeated seven out of nine boats, losing only to the eventual top two finishers in the Grand Final, Tulsa and Alabama, in Saturday's preliminary heat.

"We actually did really, really well," beamed Bates head coach Peter Steenstra. "I got a lot of compliments from other teams and coaches who couldn't believe we had only been on the water for four days since our training trip to Texas [in February]."

In between those two races, the Bates women's varsity four finished sixth in the Women's Collegiate 4+ Petite race, with their time of 8:09.78 trailing Southern Cal, Tulsa A, USD, Alabama and Tulsa B.

Bates is the only Division III team that competed at the regatta, widely considered to be the unofficial opening of the sprint racing season in North America.

The Bates men's varsity eight 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.).

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 Bates men's second varsity eight (center) is shown practicing at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Bates boat won the 2V Collegiate Men's Petite Final at the prestigious regatta.. (Photo by Peter Steenstra)

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.).

Saturday Recap

The Bates men's and women's rowing teams had impressive first-day showings in the spring season-opening San Diego Crew Classic, competing alongside some of North America's top crews, many of whom have been training on water throughout the winter, unlike Bates.

The Bates men's varsity eight placed in the middle of the pack in the men's collegiate varsity B race, competing for the American Specialty Health Cal Cup. Bates timed in at 6:13.47, trailing only Notre Dame (6:05.10), UCLA (6:07.11) and Sacramento State (6:08.21), and getting ahead of such Division I teams at UC Santa Barbara (6:14.83), UC Davis (6:15.12) and Loyola Marymount (6:21.69).

The Bates women's varsity eight, competing for the SeaWorld Cal Cup in the women's collegiate varsity C division, also were in the thick of a Division I field, taking third out of five boats in a time of 6:54.68, trailing only Tulsa (6:48.1) and Alabama (6:48.91), and crossing the finish line well ahead of Southern Methodist (7:04.06) and the University of British Columbia (7:13.98).

The Bates women's second varsity eight, racing for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Trophy in the Women's Collegiate 2V A division, was nipped by Georgetown for fifth place out of seven boats, 7:10.96 to 7:11.79, but the Bobcats finished well ahead of Loyola Marymount (7:32.11).

Bates' men's second varsity, competing in the Men's Collegiate 2V A race for the Sharp Cabrillo Cup, took fifth place out of seven boats, trailing Stanford, Cal, Notre Dame and UC Davis but nipping Orange County (6:30.96) and UC San Diego's B boat (6:33.62).

The Bates women also fielded a varsity four in the Women's Collegiate 4+ B Division for the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup, took sixth place, competing alongside the muscular likes of USC, Oregon State, Iowa, Tulsa and Alabama.

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

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