HADLEY, Mass. - The Williams men's and women's rowing teams will look to repeat as conference champions for the sixth consecutive year this Sunday when the Ephs compete for the NESCAC Men's and Women's Rowing Championships.
The NESCAC championship is awarded based on performance in the first varsity eight grand final race at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) National Invitational Rowing Championships, which will be held at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. on Sunday. The regatta will be broadcasted live at d3cast.com/rowing/. All schedules and complete results can be found at Row2K.com.
During last year's ECAC-NIRC, Williams won the women's grand final with a time of 6:35.434, just more than two seconds faster than second place finisher and NESCAC-foe Bates (6:37.876). Trinity was the only other NESCAC institution represented in the grand final, placing fourth with a time of 6:47.988.
The Ephs have won eight straight conference titles and nine overall. The Bobcats have finished as the runner-up for the past three seasons.
In the men's grand final, the Ephs had the top performance among conference members with a second-place time of 5:52.977, which was just over two seconds faster than the next NESCAC school Trinity (5:55.290). Bates also rowed in the grand final, finishing sixth in a time of 6:01.752.
With their performance, Williams captured their fifth NESCAC crown in a row and sixth all-time. Trinity has won four NESCAC championships in a row from 2005-08.
This past Saturday at the New England Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond, the Trinity women won the varsity eight grand final with a 6:58.208 showing. Bates came in behind the Ephs just over two seconds later at 7:00.255, while Williams was fourth overall in 7:03.738.
On the men's side, the Ephs won the grand final by more than four seconds in 6:07.009. Trinity came in fourth overall with a time of 6:12.9815 followed closely by Wesleyan and Bates, which posted results of 6:13.7396 and 6:15.374, respectively.
If the grand final at the ECAC-NIRC is not able to be conducted on Sunday at Lake Quinsigamond, the NESCAC championships, and along with it the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA women's rowing championship at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 30-June 1, will be based on the results of the grand final from the New England Rowing Championships.