WORCESTER, Mass. – With near ideal conditions on Lake Quinsigamond, No. 4 Wellesley College crew took to the water against three nationally ranked opponents in Tied-No. 1 Bates, No. 9 WPI, and No. 13 Trinity (Conn.) on Sunday. The Blue earned first place finishes in both the 3rd Varsity 8 and 4th Varsity 8 races, and were the runner-up to Bates in both the Varsity 8 and 2nd Varsity 8.
Wellesley's 4V8 won for the second time in as many tries this spring, recording a time of 7:16.00 to outpace Bates (7:21.45) and WPI (7:45.49) in the final race of the morning. The 4V8 victory came on the heels of a Wellesley victory in the 3V8, as the Blue finished in 7:16.25 to again defeat Bates (7:28.21) and WPI (7:39.00).
Bates was first in both the V8 and 2V8 races, with the order among the finishers staying the same for both races. Wellesley took second in the V8, trailing the Bobcats by just under six seconds with a time of 6:49.62. WPI was third (6:57.57) and Trinity (7:20.57) was fourth. It was the same story in the 2V8, with Bates in first in 6:55.43, followed by Wellesley (7:02.93), WPI (7:07.03) and Trinity (8:07.74).
Competing earlier this weekend on Saturday, Wellesley's Novice Four raced Trinity on the Malden River but was forced to stop during the race by less than ideal conditions.
Wellesley will continue the season next Saturday, April 15, on the Malden River in Medford, Mass. The defending national champion Blue will see Bates again, along with the nation's other No. 1 ranked team in Wesleyan and No. 6 Tufts in a match-up of national title contenders.