WORCESTER, Mass. -- The No. 1 nationally ranked Bates women's rowing team saw its top two boats race go undefeated in winning their respective grand finals Saturday at the New England Rowing Championships on Quinsigamond Lake.
Bates' first varsity eight (WV8) easily outpaced runner-up New Hampshire 7:34.844 to 7:51.099, as well as five other boats in the first of three trial heats. The grand final was all Bates as well, as the Bobcats finished in 7:16.790, more than 10 seconds ahead of runner-up and No. 2 nationally ranked Wesleyan (7:27.316). Williams (7:28.252) was third, followed by Wellesley (7:30.836), Tufts (7:30.891) and New Hampshire (7:45.046).
The Bates W2V8 won the first of three heats by more than 18 seconds ahead of runner-up Tufts in a time of 7:52.290. In the six-boat grand final, Bates finished the 2,000-meter course in 7:38.919, more than seven seconds ahead of runner-up Wesleyan (7:46.164), followed by Wellesley (7:50.067), WPI (7:51.273), Williams (7:51.821) and Tufts (8:28.680).
The Bobcats also fielded boats in the W3V8 and W2V4 divisions. The W3V8 had the second-fastest time trial out of seven boats, with no results reported in a potential six-boat grand final. Bates' W2V4 was third out of 10 boats in time trials and fourth out of six boats in the grand final.
Bates will return to Worcester next weekend for the National Invitational Rowing Championships.