1st and 2nd Varsities Finish 3rd in Boston to Open Season
Over the weekend, Trinity Men's Rowing traveled to Boston to kick off the 2019 spring season against NESCAC foe Bates, Boston College, and the Harvard lightweights. Seasonally warm temperatures and a rare early-spring tailwind in the Charles River Basin combined to make for a great day of racing for Trinity’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Varsity 8s. The 3v led things off, with most of the athletes in the crew racing 2000m for the first time in their careers. Harvard took that race, followed by BC, Bates, and then the Bantams. Harvard again came out ahead in the 2nd varsity by clear water. Boston College was 2nd in 6:15.9, with the Bantams 3rd in 6:23.1. Bates followed in 4th. The day finished with racing in the 1st Varsity 8, where Harvard again jumped out to an early lead. This time, however, the Bantams stayed close, holding contact with the Crimson through the halfway mark at the Mass. Ave Bridge, holding an advantage of about half a length over BC. However, Eagles held strong and fought back in the 2nd half of the piece and the two crews came into the final few hundred meters dead even in the fight for 2nd place. In the end, it was the Eagles who came out ahead by about 2 seats for 2nd place in a time of 6:02.0, with the Bantams 3rd in 6:02.7. Bates took 4th with a time of 6:13.5. Overall, the results signify a positive start to the season for the Bantams with both the 1st and 2nd varsity crews ahead of the defending NIRC champions from Bates College and hot on the heels of Boston College, a team which had both crews in the Grand Finals last year. Looking forward, the Bantams will be scrimmaging at home this coming Saturday, April 6, before trekking down to Cherry Hill, NJ for the Knecht Cup on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14.
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