BOSTON -- The women's and men's rowing teams battled some tough foes and some tough winds on the Charles River Saturday to gear up for Sunday's Presidents Cup to be held on the Androscoggin River in Greene.
The No. 1 nationally ranked Bates women's rowing team took on Division I opponents Dartmouth, Rhode Island and Boston College in their races. With a gusty cross/head wing up to 12 mph, the Bates first varsity eight raced to the finish in 7:12.360. They finished in third place, ahead of the Eagles but trailing the Big Green and Rams. Meanwhile the second varsity eight finished in third place as well with a time of 7:27.168, ahead of Rhode Island but behind Dartmouth and Boston College.
Bates entered two boats in the third varsity eight race, with one finishing in 7:40.432 and the other in 8:07.503.
The men faced off with MIT and Colgate on Saturday, with the Bobcats dealing with an 8-10 mph cross-headwind.
The first varsity eight finished ahead of Colgate but behind MIT with a time of 6:31.5. Meanwhile the second varsity eight raced against only MIT, finishing just behind the Engineers with a time of 6:35.5. MIT won by just a couple seconds with a time of 6:33.4.
Bates also entered a varsity four vote and impressed with a time of 7:25.9, ahead of MIT but behind Colgate.
The annual Presidents Cup Regatta gets underway Sunday at 9:00 a.m. at the Bates Boathouse in Greene as the Bates men and women square off with Colby and Bowdoin.