INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – All six NESCAC boats advanced to the grand finals at the 2019 NCAA Rowing Championships at the Indianapolis Rowing Center.
The first heat of the day was scheduled to being at 8 a.m., but was delayed until 4 p.m. due to debris having to be removed from the race course.
Once racing began, the Bates first varsity eight won its heat with a time of 6:28.620. The Bobcats pulled away from Ithaca at the halfway point and eventually won by open water. Ithaca finished as runner-up in the heat with a time of 6:35.334. Wesleyan (6:47.283) and Washington College (6:55.256) finished third and fourth, respectively. WPI won the other first varsity eight heat, crossing the finish line in a time of 6:39.264, while Hamilton was third (6:51.149).
In the first varsity eight repechage, Hamilton and Wesleyan finished 1-2 to advance to the grand final. The Continentals covered the course in a time of 6:52.249, while the Cardinals posted a time of 6:45.006.
A broken foot stretcher on the Bates boat caused the second varsity eight heat to return to the starting line. After the re-start, the Bobcats eased to a victory, leading the race wire-to-wire and finishing with a time of 6:48.639. WPI was second (7:00.342) and followed by Pacific Lutheran (7:08.664) and Washington College (7:12.957).
In the other second varsity eight heat, Wesleyan edged NESCAC foe, Hamilton. The Cardinals posted a time of 6:47.652, while the Continentals clocked a time of 6:47.777 and Wellesley was third at 6:47.787.
The second varsity eight grand final is set for 11:12 a.m. on Saturday and the first varsity eight grand final is scheduled for 11:36 a.m.