Worcester, Mass. - The Trinity College second-varsity eight advanced to the grand final with a second-place time of 8:30.8 in its preliminary heat in an eight-boat event on a choppy course in the rain at Lake Quinsigamond this morning. The Bantam crew finished ahead of Connecticut College and New Hampshire to qualify for the grand final, and posted a fourth-place time of 8:12.7 against Worcester Tech, Ithaca, and Colby in that race on a slightly calmer course. Trinity's varsity eight had a tough heat in nearly 20 mph winds, and came in fourth place behind WPI, William Smith, and Connecticut College with a time of 8:30.74. Moving into the petit final, the Bantam crew placed third with a time of 7:56.4. Trinity's third-varsity eight placed fifth in its race.
"The highlight was definitely the 2V8 heat and their advancement to the final," said Trinity Head Coach Heather Barney. "In the V8, the crew rowed a solid first thousand meters to stay competitive with WPI and William Smith, but had a boat-stopping over the head crab in the second thousand that dropped them out of contention. We unfortunately struggled to recover mentally from that and weren’t able to put together our best rowing in the petite final. We’re eager to get back to work to regain our momentum with two weeks left until our championship season."