No. 3 women's rowing impressive at season-opening Murphy Cup

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PHILADELPHIA -- The opening regatta of the 2017 spring season for the No. 3 nationally ranked Bates women's rowing team at the 35th annual Murphy Cup was slightly rocky but impressive nonetheless.

Bates' first varsity eight competed in the "DI" division, joining No. 1-ranked Wesleyan as one of two Division III schools in the 25-boat field. The Bobcats qualified for the petite final by finishing a close second to Boston College (6:43.05 to 6:44.04), outrowing Holy Cross and La Salle in the process. 

Bates took fifth out of six boats in the petite final -- despite crossing the finish line third in a time of 6:39.01. Interference was called against the Bobcat boat, causing Bates to be placed behind third-place Wesleyan (6:42.73) and fourth-place Delaware (6:44.24). Fordham (6:44.82) placed sixth and Drexel won the race. Northeastern won the division's grand final.

Bates also fielded boats in the "Junior Varsity Eight" and "Varsity Eight DII/DIII" divisions. 

The Bates WJV8, like the Wv8, took second place in its trial heat, outrowing Drexel, George Washington and Penn State and losing only to Penn. Bates then claimed fifth place in the petite final in 6:48.17, 11 seconds ahead of sixth-place Delaware.

In the DII/DIII WV8 division, Bates placed second out of four boats and qualified for the divisional grand final, where the Bobcats placed fifth out of six boats, six seconds ahead of Wesleyan. Washington College won the race with its top eight.

Bates will compete next Saturday on the Charles River against host Simmons College, Smith College and the MIT lightweight crew. The Bobcats will go against the Harvard lightweights the following day on the Charles.

Bates Lineups:
WV8 - DI: Laura Rand (bow), Emma Wheeler, Hannah Fitts, Jessica Vocaturo, Rosemary Kyne, Olivia Stockly, Julia Mason, Lena Rintell (stroke); Katherine Traquina (cox).
WJV8: Alex Salazar (bow), Claudia Glickman, Sophia Merelas, Cara Starnbach, Grace Murnaghan, Grace Jurkovich, Phoebe Long, Sophia Gottlieb (stroke); Abigail Bierman (cox).
WV8 - DII/DIII: India Lissak (bow), Amelia Wilhelm, Emily Disler, Nadja Steiner, Michaela Heffernan, Kathryn Weidmann, Sophie Claus, Elizabeth Johnson (stroke); Hanna De Bruyn (cox).