WORCESTER, Mass. -- The No. 2 nationally ranked Bates womens' rowing team finished second to rival and top-ranked Williams in the grand final two varsity eights races and in third place in the other, including second place in first varsity eights for the second straight year on Saturday at the New England Rowing Championships.
The Bates WV8 won its preliminary heat with a time of 6:39.293, ahead of runner-up Holy Cross (6;43.954). Advancing to the grand final, Bates faced Williams for the first time this season and lost by margin of 6:45.314 to 6:55.289. Holy Cross was third in 7:02.015, followed by Wellesley (7:03.243), Coast Guard (7:04.301) and Trinity (7:10.080).
Bates' second varsity eight (W2V8) came out ahead of runner-up Trinity (7:09.269) to win its prelim in 7:04.171. The Bobcats went on to place third in the W2V8 grand final, trailing only Williams (7:02.457) and Holy Cross (7:10.727) at 7:13.399; rounding out the field were Trinity (7:16.149) in fourth, Wesleyan in fifth and New Hampshire in sixth.
Bates' depth was put on display in the W3V8 competition, where the Bobcats won their heat in 7:11.885 and placed second to Williams (7:02.064) in the grand final, in 7:08.608, nearly 10 seconds ahead of third-place Trinity (7:18.514) as well as UNH, Wesleyan and Smith.
Bates is next scheduled to row at the ECAC/National Invitational Rowing Championships, Friday May 11 in Worcester.