WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Bates men's rowing team lived up to its No. 1 ranking in both varsity eights and second varsity eights, as both boats swept the competition Saturday at the New England Rowing Championships.
Bates' MV8 outraced Boston College 5:58.863 to 6:03.651 over 2,000 meters on Lake Quinsigamond to claim the gold medal in the grand final. Williams edged UMass for third place in the race, followed by WPI and Tufts. Bates' boat also raced the fastest heat of the morning, at 5:56.619.
Bates' M2V8 won its grand final by nearly eight seconds ahead of silver medalist Wesleyan, 6:04.824 to 6:12.796, followed by Tufts (6:14), Boston College (6:15), UMass (6:17) and WPI (6:18). The Bobcat boat, like the MV8, advanced to the grand final with the fastest trial time of the morning (6:06.476).
Bates' men's varsity four placed fourth out in a seven-boat grand final with a time of 6:53.400, trailing Bowdoin (6:40.460), Wentworth and Vermont and rowing ahead of Connecticut College, Endicott and Massachusetts Maritime.
Bates returns to Worcester Friday and Saturday for the National Invitational Rowing Championships, which double as the NESCAC Championships between first varsity eights among conference members.
Bates Men's Lineups: