|The Bates women's varsity eight had its best showing in team history at the National Invitational Collegiate Regatta, taking second place in the Grand Final. (File photo courtesy of Mason D. Cox)|
WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Bates men's and women's rowing teams had perhaps their best combined day ever at the National Invitational Collegiate Regatta, which also serves as the ECAC and NESCAC championship regatta, on Sunday. The Bates women's varsity eight had its best NICR showing ever, taking second place in the Grand Final, while the Bates men's varsity eight won the Petite Final, its second-best showing ever at the regatta. Both of Bates' second varsity eights achieved or tied their best-ever NICR marks as well, while the Bates women fielded a W3V8 at NICR for the first time.
The Bates women's varsity eight, ranked second in Division III, defeated six other boats -- Ithaca, New Hampshire, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, Tufts and Connecticut College -- in its preliminary heat to advance to the Grand Final. There the Bobcats had their highest finish ever at the regatta, taking second place behind top-ranked Williams, 6:45.177 to 6:50.657, with Wellesley in third at 6:52.895. Rounding out the six-boat field were Trinity, Ithaca and William Smith.
The women's second varsity eight (W2V8) fared similarly to the WV8, beating five boats in its prelim, including runner-up Ithaca by a 6:44.750 to 6:46.321 margin. In the grand final, Bates' W2V8 rowed to a solid second-place finish behind Williams, 6:46.453 to 6:52.088, more than six seconds ahead of third-place Trinity (6:58.459), followed by Ithaca, New Hampshire and Wellesley. The W2V8's showing ties for its best ever at NICR.
Bates' W3V8 also made its Grand Final, where the Bobcats were fourth out of six boats.
|The Bates men's varsity eight had its second-best place in team history at the National Invitational Collegiate Rowing Championships. (File photo courtesy of Mason D. Cox)|
The Bates men's varsity eight took fourth place in one of three preliminary heats, rowing the 2,000 meters in 5:58.616, getting edged by Colby (5:56.352) for third place. The Bobcats got revenge in the Petite Final, outrowing the rival Mules 6:12.508 to 6:14.898 for first place in a tight six-boat race. New Hampshire (6:15.974) was third, followed by Rhode Island, WPI and RIT.
Bates' M2V8 did produce a program-best effort at NICR. The boat edged Hobart for third place out of six boats in its prelim to advance to the Grand Final, where Bates took fourth place out of six boats, trailing only Williams, Michigan and Trinity and beating out WPI and RIT.