No. 1 women's rowing sweeps three eights races at home vs. UNH, Middlebury

The Bates women's varsity eight (right) races in the 21st Presidents Cup regatta on April 23, 2017 on the Androscoggin River in Greene, Maine. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

GREENE, Maine -- The No. 1 nationally ranked Bates women's rowing team defeated visiting Middlebury College and the University of New Hampshire in three eights races Sunday in the Bates Invitational, with Middlebury winning the varsity fours race.

The Bobcats' first varsity eight (WV8) outraced UNH over 2,000 meters on the Androscoggin River 7:14.8 to 7:44.6, a 29.8-second margin of victory. Middlebury was third in 7:54.1.

Bates' W2V8 defeated UNH by 26.8 seconds, 7:28.6 to 7:55.4, with Middlebury (8:30.3) a distant third. And in the W3V8 race, Bates (7:50.3) won by 9.8 seconds over UNH (8:00.1) and 22.9 seconds over Middlebury (8:13.2).

Middlebury gained a win in the WV4 race, with a time of 9:27.9. Bates finished second in 9:36.6, while UNH was unable to finish due to a broken steering cable 500 meters in.

After racing was complete, Bates christened and launched a new shell, the Lydia C. Merizon '16, named for the Bates rowing alumna who was in attendance with her family.

Bates competes in the New England Rowing Championships on Saturday, May 6 in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Bates Lineups:

WV8: Laura Rand (bow), Emma WheelerGrace MurnaghanOlivia StocklyRosemary KyneLena RintellHannah FittsMolly Pritz (stroke); Katherine Traquina (cox).

W2V8: Alex Salazar (bow), Claudia GlickmanSophia MerelasCara StarnbachPhoebe LongJessica VocaturoJulia MasonSophia Gottlieb (stroke); Abigail Bierman (cox).

W3V8: Sophie Claus (bow), Marianna PaoneEmily Disler, Amelia WilhelmMichaela HeffernanKathryn WeidmannIndia LissakElizabeth Johnson (stroke); Hanna De Bruyn (cox). 

WV4: Laura Rand (bow), Lena RintellRosemary KyneMolly Pritz (stroke); Katherine Traquina (cox).