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Men's rowing wins M2V8 grand final, is runner-up in MV8s at New England Championships

The Bates men's rowing second varsity eight won its grand final at the New England Rowing Championships on May 6, 2017. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Bates men's rowing team placed second in the men's varsity eight grand final and first in the second varsity eight grand final, in one of the program's best-ever performances at the New England Rowing Championships Saturday on Quinsigamond Lake.

Bates' M2V8, ranked first in a field of 15 boats, won its heat against Coast Guard (7:02.993), Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Boston College with a time of 6:58.984 over 2,000 meters, advancing to the grand final. There the Bobcats again defeated runner-up Coast Guard, 6:46.619 to 6:49.195, followed by Wesleyan, Tufts, Williams and Colby in the race.

Bates' MV8, also ranked first in a field of 17 boats, rowed its the second of three trial races in 6:39.498, outpacing Wesleyan (6:45.142), UMass, Coast Guard, UNH and Amherst. WPI took first place in the grand final with a time of 6:23.784, edging Bates (6:27.578) and Rhode Island (6:29.392).

Bates will return to Worcester next weekend for the National Invitational Rowing Championships. At that all-important regatta, the top NESCAC MV8 will win the NESCAC Championship and the top Division III MV8 will qualify for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship.

RESULTS

Bates Lineups:

MV8: Erik Divan (bow), Mats TerwieschJoshua BilchikQuinn GardnerDaniel SparksWilliam LehrerRoderick PrattEric Jordan (stroke); Benjamin Whitehead (cox).

M2V8: Constantine Gregoire (bow), Kyle SchlueterJulian StolperWilliam NelsonQuinn HaywardTrevor FryMaxwell MilavetzKento Kajima (stroke); Ariel Lee (cox). 

M3V8 (Results Pending): William Anderson (bow), Christopher KozielJonathan Reid, Christopher NovakDuncan MacGregorNicholas OsbornHugh GormanGordon Hargraves (stroke); Holland Doyle (cox).