HADLEY, Mass. - The Williams men's and women's rowing teams aim to defend their conference titles this Friday when they compete for the NESCAC Men's and Women's Rowing Championships. The Eph men are looking for their ninth title overall, while the Williams women are in pursuit of their 11th title.
The NESCAC Championship is awarded based on performance in the first varsity eight grand final race at the National Invitational Rowing Championships (NIRC), which will be held at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. on Friday.
Last year, the Williams women crossed the finish line with a time of 7:19.183, nearly two seconds faster than the second-place finisher Bates (7:21.173). Wesleyan finished third with a time of 7:24.634 and Trinity placed sixth (7:34.165) to round out the NESCAC teams.
The Ephs pace the NESCAC with 10 conference titles, while Bates and Trinity have hoisted two each and Colby claimed the title in 2003.
On the men's side, Williams posted the top conference finish after posting a time of 6:24.783, which was good for third place overall, to capture its eighth NESCAC trophy. Wesleyan was the next NESCAC boat to cross the finish line with a fourth-place time of 6:25:553. Bates was the final NESCAC institution to place in the top five, clocking in with a time of 6:26.757 to finish fifth.
Bates and Trinity are the only other NESCAC schools to win a conference trophy in men's rowing, as the Bobcats won its only title in 2015, while the Bantams have claimed four conference titles, their last coming in 2008.
This past Saturday at the New England Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond, the Bates women took first for the third straight year in the varsity eight grand final with a time of 7:16.790, more than 10 seconds ahead of runner-up Wesleyan. The Cardinals crossed the finish line with a time of 7:27.316. Williams earned third place (7:28.252) and Tufts followed in fifth place (7:30.891).
The Bates men finished second in varsity eight grand final with a time of 6:27.578. Wesleyan was fourth at 6:33.772 followed by Williams (6:34.834) and Tufts (6:45.802) in fifth and sixth place, respectively.
If the grand final at the NIRC is not able to be conducted on Friday at Lake Quinsigamond, the NESCAC Championships, and along with it the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA women's rowing championship at Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J. on May 26-28, will be based on the results of the grand final from the New England Rowing Championships.
This year, the NIRC has a new streaming provider for the races. Below are the instructions to watch the races:
To Get Started:
- Go to locallive.tv
- Click on the “Channels” link at the top right of the page.
- Select US Rowing from the list and click Subscribe.
- Quickly set-up your free account and password.
Once you have a password, you can login anytime by visiting locallive.tv and clicking the “Sign-In” link at the top right of the page. If you have any questions about registration or streaming please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.