July 31, 2019

Meet Eric Jordan - Bates Men's Rowing

Eric Jordan, Bates Courtesy of Bates Sports Information

A team captain and All-NESCAC First Team selection in 2019, Eric Jordan helped the Bates men's rowing team make history during his time on campus.

Jordan was in the novice boat as a rookie but after putting in the work found himself in the stroke seat of the first varsity eight boat as a sophomore, when he helped the Bobcats take home a silver medal and win the NESCAC title at the 2017 National Invitational Rowing Championships. Bates followed that up with the greatest season in program history in 2018. With Jordan in the stroke seat of the first varsity eight, the Bobcats won gold at NIRCs, qualifying for the IRA National Championships for the first time in program history, where they competed against the likes of Washington, Harvard, and Yale.

"I was living with three of the seniors on that team at the time and competing at IRAs had been their goal since their rookie year," Jordan said. "We knew we were on the rise, pushing toward IRAs, and to get there was really exciting." 

A three-time NESCAC All-Academic selection, Jordan was a Senior Scholar Award recipient in 2019, helping Bates win a third consecutive NESCAC title along the way. He graduated with a 3.94 GPA, earning a degree in neuroscience and minoring in chemistry and Greek.

Jordan is taking rowing as far as he can before he proceeds with his professional aspirations. He has a long-term goal of going to medical school and becoming a physician. But first Jordan wants to see if he can make an impact at the national or even international level of rowing. 

"It's pretty crazy looking back on my personal transformation through the years and the kind of home that I found here at Bates rowing," Jordan said. "It's just such a welcoming place for everybody."