Women’s rowing wins all six races at Presidents Cup

The Bates rowing teams won 10 out of 12 races Sunday to clinch the Bobcats' eighth consecutive Presidents Cup in the 23rd edition of the annual regatta hosted at the Bates boathouse in Greene. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

GREENE, Maine -- The No. 2 Bates College women's rowing team won all six races to clinch the Bobcats' eighth consecutive Presidents Cup in the 23rd edition of the annual regatta hosted at the Bates boathouse in Greene.

The Bobcats have won or shared the Presidents Cup 11 consecutive years going back to 2008. There was no winner in 2012 due to inclement weather and the Bobcats shared it with Bowdoin in 2010. 

For the women, the day started with the novice four race. Bates took first place with a time of 8:34.6. Colby was 19.5 seconds behind in second place (8:54.1), and Bowdoin took third in 8:55.0. UMaine took fourth place (9:59.6.).

In the varsity eight race, the Bobcats crossed the finish line first clocking a time of 7:32.1. Colby was second with a time of 8:07.5, and Bowdoin scratched because of a lost skeg.

In the second varsity eight, Bates claimed the victory with a time of 7:53.6, finishing just over 41 seconds head of the Mules. Colby was second registering a time of 8:34.8.

The Bobcats won the varsity four race, finishing in 8:51.4. Bowdoin was just over 17 seconds behind in second place (9:08.3). Colby claimed third place (9:26.2) and UMaine was fourth (11:47.6).

The women's novice eight race was shortened to 1500 meters due to ice flow. Bates' novice four won in a head-to-head race with Colby. The Bobcats logged a time of 6:21.6, and the Mules clocked a time of 6:42.5.

The second varsity four race closed out the day for the women. Bates earned a first place finish with a time of 8:58.0. Bowdoin was next in 9:44.0, and Colby was third in 10:30.9.

The Bobcats are back on the water on Saturday, May 4, when they compete in the New England Rowing Championships in Worcester, Mass.

Bates V8 lineup: Bow: Grace Smith; 2: Emma Wheeler; 3: Grace Bake; 4: Catharine Berry-Toon; 5: Hannah Beams; 6: Sally Harris Porter; 7: Hannah Fitts;  Stroke: Lena Rintell; c: Elizabeth Folsom

Bates 2V8 lineup:  Bow: Saylor Strugar; 2: Sophie Claus; 3: Claudia Glickman; 4: Elizabeth Johnson; 5: Emma York; 6: Elizabeth Fischer; 7: Phoebe Long; Stroke: Grace Murnaghan; c: Elise Grossfeld

Bates V4 lineup: Bow: Sophie Claus; 2: Claudia Glickman 3: Phoebe Long; 4: Lena Rintell c: Maya Seshan

Bates N8 lineup: Bow: Elektra Smicka; 2: Adrianne Crawford; 3: Kathryn Richards; 4: Emma Vieten; 5: Lillian Kinder; 6: Sydney Paul; 7: Carla Guichard; Stroke: Sophia Marota; c: Kathryn Brown

Bates N4 lineup: Bow: Elektra Smicka; 2: Emma Vieten; 3: Carla Guichard; 4: Sophia Marota; c: Kathryn Brown

Bates 2V4: Bow: Elizabeth Fairman; 2: Grace Purinton; 3: Martha Bishop; 4: Olympia Fisher; c: Elise Grossfeld