|The Bates men's varsity eight, which placed second out of 20 boats to kick off the fall season in style. Left to right: Jordy Winslow '13, Matt Johns '13, Peter Haley '13, Andre Gobbo '13, (coxswain) Gabe Silverman '11, Jason Weeks '11, Peter K. Miller '12, Joseph Nowak '11 and Peter C. Miller '12. (Photo courtesy of Ruth Ann Nowak)|
WORCESTER, Mass. -- In challenging conditions, with headwinds of 12-15 mph and higher gusts, the Bates College men's and women's rowing teams both put on impressive displays in their first competition of the fall season on Saturday at the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta.
The Bates women, in their first competition since placing as the national runner-up for the second straight year at last spring's NCAA Championships, dominated the field in the women's eights, timing in at 17:04.866 for first place among 24 boats, ahead of runner-up Wellesley (17:14.593), as well as New Hampshire, WPI, Vermont, Mt. Holyoke and Holy Cross, among others.
The Bates men placed second out of 20 boats in the men's eight races, with a time of 15:00.880, behind only Holy Cross (14:53.700). Boats outpaced by Bates included Rhode Island (14:05.785), Vermont (15:15.553) and Boston College, which rounded out the top five in 15:23.956. The Bates men also fielded a boat in men's fours, which finished ninth out of 19 boats.
"I'm very happy with the crews and how they handled the conditions," said head coach Peter Steenstra. "The coxswains gave their crews every available advantage over the 4,500-meter course, allowing the rowers to focus on racing the competition."