Williams Men & Women Earn 2009 Rowing Crowns

HADLEY, Mass. - Due to high winds at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) National Invitational Rowing Championship at Cooper River in Camden County, N.J., the remaining races on Sunday, May 10 were cancelled prior to the completion of the varsity eight races. Because of this, the 2009 NESCAC Rowing Champions were determined by the New England Rowing Championship (NERC) results that occurred at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass., on May 2, with the Williams men's & women's rowing team earning the conference championship.

The Williams Men's Rowing team earned the 2009 NESCAC Championship for the first time since the title was first handed out in 2004. The Ephs recorded a time of 6:02.824 in the varsity eight grand final, being out Trinity which came in second at the NERC with a time of 6:04.215. The Williams Women's Rowing team secured its fourth consecutive NESCAC title and fifth overall with a 6:55.884 time in the varsity eight grand final. Bates was second with a time of 6:58.086 atthe NERC.

The Williams women earn the NESCAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Championship Regatta at Cooper River in Camden County, N.J. on May 29 through 31. The Ephs have claimed the past three NCAA Rowing Championships.

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