Worcester, Mass. - The Trinity College women's rowing varsity eight edged out the crew from RIT to finish fourth in a race also featuring WPI, Bates and Wellesley on Sunday at Lake Quigsagamond in Worcester. The Bantams finished in 6:57.73, just beating RIT's varsity eight which crossed the finish line just .57 seconds behind Trinity.
"This was the toughest field of our entire regular season schedule, as we lined up with No. 1 Bates, No. 2 WPI, No. 6 Wellesley, and No. 11 RIT. We came in ranked No. 13, and were excited to be able to knock off another higher ranked team in the varsity eight with a tight win over RIT," said Head Coach Heather Barney (3rd season). "We continue to see room for improvement with all three crews, and we're really pleased with the trajectory we're on right now.
Trinity's third varsity-eight also turned in a fourth-place effort with a 7:36.50 finish. The Bantams finished ahead of RIT's third varsity-eight by over 16 seconds and just 5.5 seconds behind WPI's boat. The Bantams return to the water next Saturday in Worcester for a meet with Connecticut College, Ithaca and William Smith.
"We were also really pleased with the way the women handled a challenging week with multiple lineup shifts due to some illness and family commitments – all three crews were in new lineups that they'd only practiced for a handful of days before race day, and all handled those changes really well," added Barney. "We're excited to see another group of solid crews next weekend - No. 2 WPI again, in addition to No. 4 Ithaca and No. 8 William Smith, as well as NESCAC foes Colby and Conn College, plus UNH and Clark."