First Varsity Eight, Men's Rowing

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The top two boats for the men's rowing team went undefeated over the weekend at the Tufts University Crew Races, with both the first and second varsity eight defeating NESCAC foes Tufts and Wesleyan respectively. 

The first varsity eight crews for Bates and Tufts squared off in the first 2-kilometer race of the day on Saturday.

Led by senior captain Benjamin Whitehead (Shaker Heights, Ohio) at coxswain and junior Quinn Gardner (Tucson, Ariz.) at stroke, the Bobcat first varsity eight outraced the Jumbos by 10 seconds, finishing with a time of 5:52 to advance to the grand final.

In the first varsity eight grand final, Bates defeated Wesleyan by nine seconds with a time of 5:50, tied for the fastest time among all the schools in any race on the day.