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Men's varsity eight finishes third in tight grand final at NERCs

WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Bates men's rowing team took the bronze medal in the varsity eights grand final for the second straight year on Saturday at the New England Rowing Championships.

Bates cleared runner-up University of New Hampshire 5:55.877 to 5:57.979 to win the second of two preliminary heats for MV8s, also defeating WPI, Wesleyan, UMass-Amherst and Coast Guard in the process.

The Bobcats advanced to the MV8 grand final and claimed the bronze medal, getting edged for the second straight year by Williams (6:06.524) and Trinity (6:08.425). In a closely-contested race, particularly a tight top four, Bates edged UNH again for third place, less than two seconds behind Trinity at 6:10.265, with the Wildcats at 6:11.467. Bates finished only 3.741 seconds behind gold medalist Williams.

The Bates men's M2V8 made the grand final and finished fifth out of six boats in 6:32.447, ahead of Wesleyan and trailing Trinity (6:18.560), WPI, Williams and UNH (6:25.470).

Bates also competed in novice fours, making the grand final and finishing third in 7:04.373, behind Amherst (6:51.491) and Rhode Island (7:02.845) but ahead of UMass-Lowell (7:07.244), UMass-Amherst and Bowdoin.

Bates is next scheduled to row at the ECAC/National Invitational Rowing Championships, Friday May 11 in Worcester.

New England Rowing Championships Results