WORCESTER, Mass. -- The No. 1 nationally ranked Bates women's rowing team and the Bobcat men's rowing team both got a strong test Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond against the likes of WPI, RIT and more, with the Bobcats winning five of seven races.
Racing started at 9am, with the men's third varsity eight winning its race in 6:24.9, two seconds ahead of runner-up WPI. RIT took third and a second WPI boat finished fourth.
In an incredibly tight race, the women's first varsity eight finished second to No. 2 WPI, with the Engineers using a late push to win the race by 0.34 seconds. The Bobcats finished second with a time of 6:37.74. No. 6 Wellesley was third (6:43.78) followed by No. 13 Trinity (6:57.73) and No. 11 RIT (6:58.30).
Both Bates second varsity eights emerged victorious on Sunday, with the men's 2V racing to the finish in 6:13.1, 2.7 seconds ahead of runner-up WPI. And the women's 2V won with a time of 6:52.5, 6.81 seconds ahead of second-place WPI. Wellesley finished third, followed by RIT and Trinity.
In the closest race of the morning, the WPI men's first varsity eight edged the Bobcats by 0.23 seconds, 5:58.7 to 5:58.93. RIT came in a distant third with a time of 6:11.44.
The Bates women wrapped up the day with wins in the 3V and the WV4+ races. The women's third varsity eight took first out of five boats with a time of 7:01.7, 12.33 seconds ahead of second-place Wellesley. Bates' WV4+ boat took on Wellesley one-on-one, with the Bobcats winning by 21.18 seconds.
Bates is back in action Saturday when the men race at MIT. The women return to racing on Saturday the 27th at Holy Cross.
Bates M2V8 lineup: Bow: Robert Sobolewski; 2: Jasper Tucker; 3: Duncan MacGregor; 4: Espen Wheeler; 5: Trevor Fry; 6: William Langhoff; 7: Constantine Gregoire; Stroke: Jack Fruechte; c: Holland Doyle