Bates Aims to Defend NESCAC Rowing Championships

NESCAC Rowing Preview

HADLEY, Mass. – The Bates men’s and women’s rowing teams look to win their third consecutive conference titles on Sunday, May 12 when they compete for the NESCAC Men’s and Women’s Rowing Championships. The Bobcats have won three of the last four men’s and women’s NESCAC titles.

The NESCAC Championship is awarded based on performance in the first varsity eight grand final race at the National Invitational Rowing Championship (NIRC), which will be held at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. on Sunday.

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Last year, Bates won the varsity eight grand final men’s and women’s races to repeat at NESCAC Champions. In the women's grand final, the Bobcats crossed the finish line in a time of 6:24.113 to win their fourth title in five years. Wesleyan (6:30.885) was second among NESCAC teams, while Tufts (6:35.000) and Williams (6:35.171) rounded out the field. The Bates men won the grand final with a time of 5:41.384 to secure the Bobcats' third NESCAC title in four years. Williams, turned in a time of 5:52.664 to finish fifth.

Williams, Trinity, and Colby are the only other schools to win NESCAC titles. The Ephs have captured eight men’s titles and 10 women’s championships, while the Bantams have four men’s titles and a pair of women’s crowns in their history. Colby won the women’s title in 2003.

Last weekend at the New England Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond, the Bates men’s and women’s teams combined for 162.75 points and won four grand final races between the two teams to take the 2019 points title. Williams finished second (153.13 points) and was followed by Wesleyan (116.12 points) in third, and Tufts (79.20 points) in fifth.

Williams finished first in the men’s point trophy standings with 78.30 points, while Bates claimed the top spot in the women’s standings with 93.00 points.

In the women’s first varsity eight grand final, the Bobcats raced to the finish with a time of 6:47.548. Wesleyan placed fourth (6:59.728) and Williams finished sixth (7:09.133) to round out the NESCAC teams.

Wesleyan (6:08.275) narrowly beat out Bates (6:08.690) to win the men’s varsity eight grand final. Williams (6:10.800), Trinity (6:12.100), and Tufts (6:12.295) rounded out the top five boats.

Hamilton will also be competing in the NIRC and NESCAC Championships on Sunday. The Continental women’s varsity eight team took bronze at the New York State Collegiate Championship on Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. last weekend. Hamilton qualified for the women’s varsity eight final for the fourth year in a row and posted a time of 6:47.66 in the grand final. Marist won the race with a time of 6:42.10.

The Hamilton men earned silver at the state championship race. The Continentals posted a time of 6:00.991 in the grand final, finishing behind Army (5:59.90).

If the grand final at the NIRC is not able to be conducted at Lake Quinsigamond, the NESCAC Championships, and along with the conference's automatic bid, will be based on the results of the grand final from the New England Rowing Championships. The NCAA Women's Rowing Championship is set for May 31-June 1 at the Indianapolis Rowing Center in Indianapolis, Ind.

TO WATCH THE RACES

This year, the NIRC has a new streaming provider for the races. Below are the instructions to watch the races:

To Get Started:

  1. Go to locallive.tv
  2. Click on the “Channels” link at the top right of the page.
  3. Select US Rowing from the list and click Subscribe.
  4. 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 info@locallive.tv.