Bantams 2nd in NESCAC to End Season
Championship Season came to a close for the Trinity College Men’s rowing team at the USRowing National Invitational Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond. Trinity brought 3 crews to the regatta, with entries in the Varsity 8, 2nd Varsity 8, and Open 4. The morning kicked off with a heat for the 4 against Michigan, Ithaca, and Rochester. A sloppy start for the all-walk-on crew allowed Michigan and Ithaca to pull away early, but the Bantams recovered and managed to distance themselves from Rochester. With 3 crews advancing to the afternoon grand final, that was enough to give the Bantams a shot at the medals later on in the day.
Facing a challenging heat, the Second Varsity came off the line hard, challenging the lead crews. Unfortunately, the crew had done too much too early, and faded late, finishing 5th and advancing to the 3rd-level final, where they finished 2nd.
The final Trinity race of the morning was the first heat of the Varsity 8+, where the 7th-seeded Bantams faced top-seeded Hobart and a 6th-seeded Williams crew which edged out the Bantams by just over a second for the final spot on the New England Rowing Championships podium just 8 days earlier. Hobart made their presence known early, taking a length on the field in the early section of the race. Behind the Statesmen, a tight battle was shaping up for the 2nd spot in the grand final with the Ephs leading the Bantams by as many as 5 seats for much of the race. A decisive Trinity move began with about 600 meters left, and the Bantams clawed their way back, eeking out a half-second margin over the Ephs at the finish to secure the upset, a top-2 finish in the NESCAC, and a spot in the Grand Final for the first time since 2013.
In the afternoon’s 1st Grand Final, the 4 looked to regroup from a 3rd-place finish in their heat and challenge for a spot on the podium. Michigan again got off to a hot start, but it was anyone’s race as the remaining 5 crews battled back and forth all the way down the course. Boston College and Wesleyan managed to get in front to claim the final 2 spots on the podium, forcing the Bantams to settle for 4th, reversing the result against Ithaca in the morning heat, and closing what was a 23-second margin to Wesleyan just two weeks before down to only 1.8 seconds.
The final race of the day was the Varsity 8 Grand Final. The underdog Bantams were in the thick of it early, but were unable to hold on and fell back as the race wore on, finishing 6th overall. The finish was good for 2nd place in the NESCAC, the best conference finish for the team since 2013.
Replays of all races are available to watch at LocalLive.tv. Heats for the Open 4, 2nd Varsity, and 1st Varsity begin at 3:29, 1:34:40, and 2:41:00 of the stream, respectively. Finals begin at 4:35:35, 6:15:30, and 7:40:35 of the stream.
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