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.