CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Guided by sophomore coxswain Elizabeth Folsom, the Bates women's varsity eight claimed first place out of 28 boats in the Women's Collegiate Eights at the 54th Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday.
The defending NCAA champion Bobcats took first for the second straight year and for the third time in program history. In 2017, Bates set a course record in the Women's Collegiate Eights on its way to the title. Bates also won the event in 2014.
Folsom (San Mateo, Calif.) and her crew navigated the serpentine 4,800-meter course on the Charles River in 18:18.054, outpacing runner-up Williams by more than 20 seconds. The Ephs raced to the finish in 18:38.890 and WPI finished third with a time of 18:42.328.
The Bobcats impressed with their second varsity eight boat as well. Led by sophomore coxswain Elise Grossfeld (Bethesda, Md.), the Bates second varsity eight finished in 11th place. Grossfeld's crew navigated the course in 19:29.960, just three second behind Wellesley's first varsity eight boat. The 11th place showing is tied for the fourth best finish for the women's second varsity eight at the Head of the Charles, matching the crew's performance from 2014.
Bates also entered a boat in the women's collegiate fours. Led by junior coxswain Maya Seshan (Wilton, Conn.) the Bobcats raced to the finish in 22:20.770, good for 13th place out of 40 boats. The 13th place finish is the Bobcats' best in the collegiate fours in program history. The Bates women's varsity four took third in the club fours at the Head of the Charles in 1994. The Florida Institute of Technology won this year's race in 20:48.312.
Led by sophomore coxswain Aidan Temperino (Plymouth, N.H.) the men's first varsity eight finished in 22nd place out of 35 boats on Sunday. Bates raced to the finish in 17:31.648. The University of Michigan won the race in 15:58.108.