BOSTON -- The Bates rowing teams opened their spring season Saturday in a slight tailwind with flat water and great conditions on the Charles River Basin, with the No. 1 nationally ranked women's team winning all three of their races against Simmons, Trinity and MIT lightweights.
The Bates men were mostly on the opposite end of the results against stiff competition in the Harvard lightweights, a talented Boston College club and a resurgent team from Trinity College.
Coxswained by sophomore Elizabeth Folsom (San Mateo, Calif.), the women's first varsity eight defeated all three of their opponents, racing to the finish in 6:45.1, eight seconds ahead of the runner-up MIT lightweights, a Division I program. NESAC foe Trinity finished third (7:04.8) and host Simmons came in fourth with a time of 7:11.1.
The Bates women's second varsity eight would have placed third in the first varsity eight race, finishing with a time of 7:04.7. Coxswained by sophomore Elise Grossfeld (Bethesda, Md.), the Bobcats finished nearly 20 seconds ahead of the runner-up MIT lightweights (7:23.6). Trinity took third in 7:30.4 and Simmons came in fourth with a time of 7:53.5.
Coxswained by junior Maya Seshan (Wilton, Conn.), the women's third varsity eight raced Trinity one-on-one, with the Bobcats winning with a time of 7:19.4. The Bantams placed a distant second with a time of 8:12.4.
The Bobcats' men's first varsity eight's time of 6:13.472 trailed Harvard (5:50.600), Boston College (6:02.003) and Trinity (6:02.731).
Bates' men's second varsity eight (M2V8) placed fourth (6:29.664) behind Harvard (6:03.853), BC (6:15.941) and Trinity (6:23.054).
The Bobcats' M3V8 outpaced Trinity by 16 seconds, 6:45.667 to 7:01.867, to place third out of four behind Harvard (6:02.900) and BC (6:21.255).