Worcester, Mass. - The Trinity College men's varsity eight finished sixth in the grand final with a time of 6:17.287, as the Bantams closed the 2018-19 season in the National Invitational Rowing Championship (NIRC) Regatta on Lake Quinsigamond this afternoon. Trinity was the second-fastest boat among New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) schools in the regatta, finishing as the runner-up in the conference championships to Bates College. Hobart won the NIRC grand final with a time of 6:00.049, followed by Michigan, Marist, Bates, Boston College, and Trinity. Trinity's entry in the open four event also reached the grand final, taking fourth place, while its second-varsity eight was second of three boats in the third-level final.
"The first varsity executed flawlessly in their heat and took a very positive step making the grand final," said Trinity Head Coach Kevin MacDermott. "We focused on Williams, a crew that finished 1.3 seconds ahead at New England's. During the week, I shuffled the lineup, completely revised the race plan and the crew did a brilliant job with the adjustments. The goal was to be within a couple of seats of Williams entering the final 500 meters, then charge to the line and try to put the bowball across first. It was a fantastic performance from this young bunch. The final was a different story with the leading crews putting down superior speed that left us behind. Seven rowers return and they are intent on taking another step forward over the next year."
Trinity recorded the fourth-fastest preliminary time of 6:04.458, coming in just behind Hobart in its heat, to qualify for the grand final in the varsity-eight event. The Bantam four qualified for the grand final with the sixth-fastest time of 7:34.783 in its heat, and improved nearly eight seconds to finish fourth in the grand final behind Wesleyan, Boston College, and Worcester Tech. Trinity's second-varsity eight was sixth in its heat, dropped to the third-level final, and posted a time of 6:29.869 that was just over five second behind Worcester Tech and well ahead of third-place New Hampshire.
"The open four entry also had a strong day on the race course," added MacDermott. "Coach Brendan Murphy asked the crew to race the heat conservatively, to make sure they advanced, but to hold plenty of energy in reserve. In the grand final, the crew raced their guts out and finished a very close fourth in the event. All five members of the crew walked-on to the team, without any prior rowing experience and it is great to see their growth over the past year. The second-varsity eight had a rougher go of things on the course. They raced with impressive aggression but were relegated to the third-level final in their heat. The crew went out hot and took a huge swing to stay with the lead pack of crews, unfortunately, creating vulnerability to a hard-charging crew from RIT. A similar story played out in their final, with a spirited charge that couldn't quite sustain against a good crew from WPI."
Trinity totaled 85 points in the Overall Points Trophy Standings, good for 12th place. Rochester Tech was 11th with 91 and Ithaca was 13th with 79 points. In the Men's and Women's Overall Points Trophy Standings, the Bantams finished 13th with 181 points. Bates won that title with 391 points, while Hamilton was 12th with 205 points, and Rochester Tech was 14th with 169 points.