Boston U. wins first conference title, upends three-time defending champion
FAIRFAX STATION, Va. -- Boston University won the Varsity 8 race and earned silver in the second Varsity 8 race en route to winning the 2013 CAA Rowing Championship on Sunday on the Occoquan Reservoir.
The Terriers, who won their first CAA title since joining the conference in 2012, earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA rowing championship, which will be held at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis May 31-June 2.
BU finished with 32 points, while three-time CAA champion Northeastern was runner-up with 29 points. Buffalo, the 2010 CAA champion, came in third with 27 points, while Drexel was fourth with 20 points. Delaware and newcomer Eastern Michigan finished tied for fifth with nine points apiece.
Northeastern jumped out to an early lead after winning the Varsity 4 race with a time of 7:27.9. Drexel edged BU for second with a time of 7:34.8, while the Terriers came in third crossing the finish line at 7:35.4. Buffalo was just a couple of seconds behind in fourth with a time of 7:37.7, while Eastern Michigan (8:01.1) and Delaware (8:07.6) rounded out the field.
Buffalo took the second Varsity 8 race to take the overall lead after two races. The Bulls posted a time of 6:43.5 to take the top spot, while BU took silver with a time of 6:45.9. Northeastern earned its second medal of the day with a bronze by posting a time of 6:49.3 and Drexel captured fourth, crossing at 6:53.9. Eastern Michigan placed fifth (7:03.9) and Delaware (7:16.1) earned sixth in the second Varsity 8 competition.
The Terriers captured the title with their first gold medal of the day in the Varsity 8 after leading the race wire-to-wire and posting a finish time of 6:33.3. Northeastern earned second with a time of 6:35.1 for its third medal of the day. Buffalo collected the bronze with a time of 6:42.1. Drexel crossed the line in fourth with a time of 6:46.7 and Delaware (6:53.0) and Eastern Michigan (6:54.7) finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
BU’s Stacey Rippetoe was named CAA Coach of the Year.