WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – All four NESCAC boats advanced to the grand final following the first day of the NCAA Rowing Championship on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J.
Both of Bates’ varsity eight boats won their respective heats to advance directly to the grand final. The Bobcats’ second varsity eight boat easily won its heat in the morning preliminaries, covering the course in a time of 6:53.083, outdistancing Ithaca (7:04.089) and RIT (07:18.778).
Bates’ first varsity eight also won in wire-to-wire fashion, prevailing in a time of 6:35.534. Wellesley finished second with a time of 6:37.704, while Washington College was third (6:47.768) and Pacific Lutheran rounded out the heat in fourth (6:50.368).
Williams won the other heat of the first varsity eight boats with a time of 6:30.926 to move directly to the grand final. Ithaca placed second (6:33.30), Wesleyan followed in third (6:33.806), and RIT was fourth (6:53.746).
The Ephs' second varsity eight boat finished second with a time of 6:57.65, behind Wellesley’s winning time of 6:49.62. Washington College was third, and well off the pace with a finishing time of 7:167.92.
Finishing second in its heat pushed Williams into the afternoon repechage with RIT and Ithaca. The top two finishers in the repchage would advance to the grand final.
The Eph second varsity boat's return to the water in the afternoon was delayed an hour due to high winds. Starting at 4:48 p.m. the crews faced difficult conditions with cross winds and some chop.
Ithaca finished just ahead of the Ephs in a time of 6:57.29. Williams crossed the line in second place and earned a berth in the second varsity grand final with a time of 6:59.58.
Wesleyan’s second varsity eight boat finished third in the morning preliminary heat with a time of 6:33.806. The Cardinals' time was good enough to advance to the repechage later in the day. In the repechage, Wesleyan came out strong and led the entire way en route to a first place finish with a time of 6:42.191, to advance to the grand final. RIT finished in second with a time of 6:43.198.
The second varsity eight's grand final is set for Saturday at 11:12 a.m. The first varsity eight's grand final follows shortly after at 11:36 a.m.