AUSTIN, Texas -- The Bates men's varsity rowing team opened the 2012 season with an impressive showing against the men's club team from the University of Texas on Thursday morning on Lady Bird Lake in Austin. In this scrimmage format of two 6-minute pieces and two 4-minute pieces (both at capped ratings), both Bates' 1st Varsity and 2nd Varsity crews finished the day undefeated.
"The first 6-minute piece was the best for us by far," said varsity eight sophomore coxswain Jake Sandor (Montclair, N.J.). "Texas hung with us for two minutes and then we made a move to gain a lead. Twenty strokes later we had open water."
The Varsity Eight went on to win all four pieces by open water margins. Senior captain and stroke-seat of the V8, Ollie Scholle (Chestnut Hill, Mass.) had this to say of the day's racing: "The coaches have been working us hard through this week, and despite being quite fatigued the crew preformed well. We clearly have a lot to improve on, but this is a very good early-season check."
The Second Varsity Eight had an equally impressive day, defeating their Texas counterparts on all four pieces as well. "For the 2V, the final race of the day was probably our best piece." said sophomore coxswain Maggie Carey (Lincoln, Mass.). "This was the only piece where we were lined up alongside the 1Vs (varsity eights). We eliminated the Texas 2V almost immediately and began to focus our attention on their 1V. I was happy with how the guys raced."
In addition to the varsity crews, Bates also had a novice four made up of (bow) Jack Tamposi '13 (Brooksville, N.J.), Matt Neal '14 (Carmel, Ind.), Evan Cooper '15 (Farmington, Conn.), Evan Dion '15 (Truckee, Calif.) and coxswain Emma-Kate Lindsay '15 (Harrison, N.Y.) competing in this their first rowing competition. These young men, with only four days on the water, raced hard and represented Bates well.