CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The spring regatta season got under way for Bates on Saturday on the Charles River, with the Bobcats taking on host MIT as well as Boston College in varsity eights (MV8), second varsity eights (M2V8), third varsity eights (M3V8) and varsity fours (MV4).

Bates made a strong showing for itself in all four races and took first place in the latter two. Bates' M3V8 finished the 2,000-meter course through a gusty cross-tailwind in 6 minutes, 17.0 seconds, bettering Boston College's A and B boats by 11.1 and 20.1 seconds, respectively.

The Bobcats' four edged MIT 7:25 to 7:26.1 under the choppiest conditions of the day, with BC a distant third (8:05).

In the MV8 race to start the day, Bates was a close third, with MIT prevailing in 6:00.9, followed by BC at 6:05.9 and Bates at 6:07.9. In the M2V8s the Bobcats were also third, finishing in 6:32.4.