Rowing teams open spring season against stiff competition on Charles River Basin

Bates women's rowing defeated all of its opponents among the MIT lightweights, Simmons and Trinity in Boston on March 30, 2019. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

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).

Bates WV8 lineup: Bow: Claudia Glickman; 2: Grace Bake; 3: Emma Wheeler; 4: Hannah Beams; 5: Elizabeth Fischer; 6: Grace Murnaghan; 7: Lena Rintell; Stroke: Hannah Fitts; c: Elizabeth Folsom

Bates W2V8 lineup: Bow: Saylor Strugar; 2: Carla Guichard; 3: Sophia Marota; 4: Lillian Kinder; 5: Emma York; 6: Grace Smith; 7: Catharine Berry-Toon; Stroke: Phoebe Long; c: Elise Grossfeld

Bates W3V8 lineup: Bow: Olympia Fisher; 2: Emma Vieten; 3: Kathryn Richards; 4: Elektra Smicka; 5: Elizabeth Johnson; 6: Elizabeth Fairman; 7: Sophie Claus; Stroke: Martha Bishop; c: Maya Seshan

Bates MV8 lineup: Bow: Maxwell Milavetz; 2: William Langhoff; 3: Kevin Downing; 4: William Crate; 5: Maxwell Cavallaro; 6: Steven Sparks; 7: Julian Stolper; Stroke: Eric Jordan; c: Holland Doyle

Bates M2V8 lineup: Bow: Robert Sobolewski; 2: Thomas Monahan; 3: Duncan MacGregor; 4: Jack Fruechte; 5: Trevor Fry; 6: Jasper Tucker; 7: Constantine Gregoire; Stroke: Xavier Fallone; c: Ariel Lee

Bates M3V8 lineup: Bow: William Corcoran; 2: Andreas Hansen; 3: Alexander Burbelo; 4: Espen Wheeler; 5: Nadav Shenkar; 6: Jackson Cote; 7: Hugh Gorman; Stroke: Christopher Novak; c: Evan Saltman