Worcester, Mass. - The Trinity College men's varsity-eight crew finished fourth in the grand final with a time of 6:12.10 in the New England Rowing Championship (NERC) Championships this afternoon on Lake Quinsigamond. Trinity finished just 1.3 seconds behind third-place Williams and .195 seconds faster than fifth-place Tufts. Wesleyan won the grand final at 6:08.275.
"The top five finishers in the varsity eight were separated by less than four seconds," said Trinity Head Coach Kevin MacDermott. "One boat length separated first and fifth in one of the best races at New Englands in years. The boys produced a great piece to finish 4th. With just one graduating senior rower, the crew is hungry for more next week and next year."
The Bantams also entered a boat in the second-varsity four category, and the crew performed well with a third-place time in the grand final of 7:23.519. Bowdoin won the 2V4 grand final, while the Bantams showed nearly six seconds faster than fourth-place Amherst.
"In the second-varsity four race, members of the third varsity finished third in the time trial," added MAcDermott. "They followed up this race with a great effort in the grand final, crossing the line third. This crew has made great improvements in the short time they've been together and deserve their hard-earned medal."
In the second-varsity eight petit final, Trinity came in second place by just over a second with a time of 6:34.97. Tufts won the petit final and Bates won the grand final.
"After a disappointing heat, the second-varsity eight produced a strong race in their final, finishing second behind Tufts. The crew went hard from the start and were out in front of the field for much of the race."
In the NERC Overall Points Trophy Standings, Trinity came in sixth place with 51.05 points. Williams won the Overall Points title with 78.3 points. Trinity was also seventh in the Men's and Women's Overall Points Trophy Standings with 79.20 points. Bates won that crown with 162.75 points.