Bates Wins First Women's Rowing Crown; Williams Repeats as Men's Rowing Champions

Bates Wins First Women's Rowing Crown; Williams Repeats as Men's Rowing Champions


HADLEY, Mass. - Bates won the women's grand final, while the Williams men were third during the 2014 ECAC-National Invitational Rowing Championships (NIRC) on Sunday at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. By finishing as the top team from the NESCAC, the Bobcat women won their first NESCAC Rowing Championship, while the Eph men won the NESCAC Men's Rowing Championship for the sixth consecutive year.

In the women's grand final, Bates crossed the finish in a time of 6:51.316, more than three seconds faster than second place finisher and NESCAC-foe Williams (6:54.993). Trinity and Wesleyan were the other NESCAC institutions represented in the grand final, placing third and fifth, respectively, with times of 6:56.631 and 7:05.908.

The Bobcats had finished as runners-up the past three seasons.

Although Williams was edged by Hobart and Michigan in the men’s grand final by more than six seconds, the Ephs still clinched the NESCAC title as being the top school from the conference. Williams posted a time of 6:04.696, less than a second ahead of fourth-place Ithaca and nearly 14 seconds faster than the next NESCAC school Bates (6:18.500). The Bobcats were the only other NESCAC institution competing in the grand final.

With its performance, Williams captured its sixth NESCAC crown in a row and seventh all-time.

The Bates women's rowing team will receive an automatic invitation to the NCAA rowing championships at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis, Indiana May 30-31. Williams will look for an at-large bid after having won the last eight national titles and own nine overall NCAA crowns.