INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Bates women's rowing team won its third consecutive NCAA Division III Championship, and its fourth in the past five years, Saturday at the Indianapolis Rowing Center.
For the second straight year, the Bobcats won the grand final for both first and second varsity eights. Bates' W2V8 won its sixth II Eights gold medal in a row by a 6.49-second margin over WPI. Twenty minutes later, the Bobcat WV8 defeated WPI by 5.92 seconds to win the I Eights gold medal for the second time in team history.
Bates' W2V8 pulled out of an early three-way battle with Wesleyan and WPI and at the halfway point, the Bobcats had nearly established an open-water edge over WPI. Bates finished the race in 7:18.85, followed by WPI (7:25.34), Wellesley (7:26.99), Wesleyan (7:32.65) and Hamilton (7:33.21).
In the I Eights grand final the Bobcats established a deck-length lead over the competition a minute into the race. Bates extended its lead of 7-8 seats over WPI and quickly secured an open-water lead.
Bates' WV8 finished in 7:01.01, followed by runner-up WPI (7:06.93), Wellesley (7:09.11), Ithaca (7:09.56), Wesleyan (7:20.69) and Hamilton (7:23.05).
Bates' two first-place finishes earned the maximum 46 team points, followed by runner-up WPI with 41.
NOTES: Bates is competing in the NCAA Championship for the 13th consecutive year, while Wesleyan was making its fourth straight NCAA appearance and Hamilton earned a berth to the NCAA Championships for the second time in program history. Prior to claiming the college's first NCAA Team Championship in 2015, Bates was the national runner-up for five consecutive years from 2009 to 2013. This is the first year the Bobcats have finished in first place in each race of the national regatta -- in 2018, the Bobcat W2V8 finished second in its preliminary heat.