Gold River, Calif. - The Trinity College women's rowing varsity-eight crew won its fourth national title and its second in a row in the NCAA Division III Championship Regatta this weekend on Lake Natoma at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. The Bantam varsity eight edged Bates by 3.21 seconds to take gold for the fourth time in the last 11 years (2005, 2008, 2014, 2015), and earn 30 points for Trinity in the team standings. Bates had won the grand final among the second-varsity eights for 12 points and its 27 points for second in the varsity eights grand final gave them 39 total and allowed the Bobcats to deny Trinity a second consecutive NCAA team title by a single point. The Bantams claimed third in the second-varsity eight race with a time of 7:13.19, which was nearly six seconds shy of second-place Wellesley and eight behind Bates.
"The lead up to this year's regatta was of a similar pattern to last year where we knew we had to really investigate many different areas to find speed. Whether it was line up, race plan, approach, or preparation we looked at each one honestly," said Trinity Head Coach Wesley Ng when asked how Trinity has been able to have its best race at the end when it counts the most.
Trinity had advanced each of its boats to grand finals races yesterday afternoon, as the Bantam second-varsity eight won its heat by over 2.5 seconds with a time of 7:08.442, and the Bantam varsity eight took its preliminary heat against three other crews by over seven seconds at 6:48.005.
"Friday to Saturday is tough at this regatta because there is such a build up of anxiety and very few outlets for it other than racing," added Ng. "Despite being short on years of experience, I think both crews drew on their athletic backgrounds. I give a ton of credit to our second varsity who I believe rowed much better than in their heat and gained a lot of valuable experience."
"This season was a constant exploration at every level of our program. The varsity had to find out what it was going to take to produce varsity speed for 2000 meters. The 2V had to learn how to prepare at a varsity level, and our 3V/1N had to learn about rowing from scratch!," stated Ng discussing the season as a whole. "I give a ton of credit to our assistant coach Renee Jones and volunteer coaches Mitz Carr and Dave Vogel for committing to that learning process too. In the end, I was extremely proud of the varsity performance because they rowed our style of stroke as a group and backed each other up. The 2V had a great resurgence and rebound from earlier in the championship season."
Varsity Eight - Gold
Second Varsity Eight - Bronze