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Week One Recap! 51 Crews Race on Lake Quinsigamond over Weekend

May 03, 2016

The opening weekend of USRowing’s Collegiate Division’s Regatta Series did not disappoint as two major regattas hit the waters of Lake Quinsigamond. The New England Rowing Championships (NERC) kicked off this year’s series on Saturday while the 43rd Annual Women’s Sprints followed suit on Sunday. In total 51 institutions called Quinsigamond home over the weekend with exciting racing to follow. 

Bates College continued their dominance in New England on Saturday as they captured the NERC Men’s Point Trophy and finished second in the Women’s Point standings after capturing gold in both Varsity Eight events. The Bobcats finished first in the combined point standings with 164.46 points on the day. On the Women’s side it was Wellelsey College’s day as they secured the Women’s Point Trophy thanks to wins in the 2nd Varsity and Novice Eight events.

Bates College cruised to a first place finish in the Women’s Varsity Eight Grand Final with a time of 6:51.799. Wesleyan University followed at 6:54.787 for silver while Williams College rounded out the top three with a bronze finish. In the 2nd Varsity Eight it was Wellesley taking the top spot at 7:08.196 with the Bobcats on their tail at 7:11.549. Williams crossed the finish at 7:13.584 to capture another bronze on the day. The Varsity Four event proved exciting with a finish decided in less than a second as Connecticut College edged Bowdoin College with a time of 7:56.660. UMass-Lowell rounded out the top three with a time of 8:00.346.

On the men’s side it was Bates once again pulling out a first-place finish in the Varsity Eight as they defeated Williams by over three seconds for gold. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) put up one of the most exciting performances of the day as they were barely edged by Williams by one tenth of a second as they captured bronze in the men’s marquee race. The 2nd Varsity Eight saw Williams edge Wesleyan by three tenths of a second for top honors with Trinity College rounding out the top three. University of Rhode Island earned gold with a 6:28.440 finish in the Men’s Novice Eight, narrowly edging out Tufts University. Bates rounded out the top three with a time of 6:31.347.

Full results of the NERC can be found here

On Sunday it was Harvard-Radcliffe and Boston University taking home top honors at Women’s Eastern Sprints, capturing the Willing Point Trophy (Openweight Points Champion) and Konrad Ulbrich Trophy (Lightweight Points Champion) respectively. The Crimson cruised to first-place finishes in all three NCAA-scoring events in the Varsity Eight, 2nd Varsity Eight and Varsity Four. They also took home gold in the 3rd Varsity Eight and Varsity B Four. 

Northeastern University followed with 100 points in the Willing Point standings after an impressive second-place finish in the Varsity Eight and 2nd Varsity Eight while also capturing bronze in the Varsity Four. Dartmouth College rounded out the top three in point standings after medaling in the Varsity and 2nd Varsity Eight.

Three tenths of a point separated Boston University and University of Wisconsin for the lightweight points trophy with the Terriers’ finish in the Varsity Eight propelling them to top honors. BU finished nearly four seconds ahead of Harvard-Radcliffe to capture gold while Wisconsin crossed the finish ten seconds later to secure bronze. The Terriers rounded out their impressive Sunday with a silver finish in the 2nd Varsity Eight and placed third in the 3rd Varsity Eight. 

Wisconsin swept gold in every other event they raced in, taking home the top spot in the 2nd Varsity Eight, 3rd Varsity Eight and Varsity Four. 

The openweight teams will await their conference championships as they battle for the coveted automatic qualification nods and at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament while the lightweight crews will continue their training for the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships. 

Full results for the open weight races can be found here.

Full results for the lightweight events can be found here

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