Trinity (Conn.) edges No. 1 Williams to win New England Rowing Championship
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Trinity (Conn.) won grand final races in the second Varsity 8 and third Varsity 8 categories, while the Bantam Novice 8 took the silver medal and the Varsity 8 earned the bronze at the New England Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond on Saturday. Trinity totaled 103.01 points to finish almost 10 points better than No. 1 Williams in the Overall Points Trophy standings, while the Bantam women's and men's programs racked up 209.30 points to capture the Combined Overall Points trophy.
Trinity's Varsity 8 posted a grand-final time of 6:49.28, which was a little more than eight seconds slower than first-place Williams, 4.43 seconds behind No. 3 Bates and 1.06 seconds faster than fourth-place New Hampshire. Trinity had qualified for the grand final by winning one of three preliminary heats with a time of 6:38.632, but outraced four boats that had posted faster heat times with a grand-final performance of 6:59.98, more than a full second faster than second-place Bates.
Trinity's third Varsity 8 dominated its competition from beginning to end, posting a preliminary heat time of 6:58.816 to best all other boats by at least five seconds and placed 3.38 seconds faster than second-place Bates in the grand final. In Novice 8s racing, Trinity won its heat by more than six seconds at 7:16.464 and posted a second-place time of 7:07.705 in the grand final.