GREENE, Maine -- The Bates College men's rowing team won four of 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.
Men's racing started off with the second varsity fours. Bowdoin earned a first place finish with a time of 7:33.4. Bates was right behind in second recording a time of 7:36.1. Colby finished in third place (7:55.4) and UMaine took fourth place (9:21.0).
The next men's race was the novice fours. Bates won the race with a time of 7:18.9. Bowdoin was just over 10 seconds behind in second place (7:29.7), and Colby took third place in 7:47.7.
The Bobcats logged the win in the second varsity eights race. Bates crossed the finish in 6:49.2, 10 seconds ahead of the second place Mules (6:59.4). The Polar Bears took third (7:13.7).
The varsity eights raced next. Bates earned the victory with a time of 6:38.6, just over 12 seconds ahead of second place Colby (6:51.2). Bowdoin finished third (7:08.5).
The novice eights and varsity fours rounded out the men's racing. In the novice eights race, Bates took home the win with a time of 7:24.9. Colby was a close second (7:26.2) and Bowdoin took third place (8:28.3). The Polar Bears collected their second win of the day in the varsity fours race. Bowdoin recorded a time of 7:33.8. Bates finished second in 7:40.0. Colby was third (7:43.8), and UMaine finished fourth (8:04.0).
The Bobcats will be back in action on Saturday, May 4, in Worcester, Mass., when they compete in the New England Championships.