Crew races to mixed results
The Colby crew teams completed a busy weekend with varying degrees of success. Both the men’s and women’s teams raced Saturday on Lake Quinsingamond, rowing against boats from Connecticut College, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Ithaca College, Williams College and Wesleyan University.
The Colby women’s varsity eight boat finished in fourth place, completing the course in 7:54.8. They defeated the Camels of Connecticut College, who finished in 8:08.9. Ithaca (7:20.9), MIT (7:24.3) and Holy Cross (7:26.8) all placed ahead of the Mules. The men’s varsity eight boat finished about 15 seconds ahead of Ithaca. Williams was first in the race with a time of 6:19.5.
The second men’s Colby varsity eight boat finished in 6:38.7 behind Williams (6:08) and Wesleyan (6:30.9) but ahead of Ithaca (6:40). The women’s second varsity eight boat placed fifth out of five boats with a final time of 8:26.2. The men’s novice four boat was fourth out of four boats, rowing the course in 7:12.2 to finish behind Ithaca (6:34.4), Williams (6:44.7) and Wesleyan (7:00.1).
A 2,000-meter course on the Androscoggin River posed a challenge for the Colby rowers on Sunday. The women only raced against Bates College, finishing in second place with a time of 7:52.7. The Bobcats topped the Mules with a time of 7:26.3. The Bates men’s varsity eight boat took first place with a time of 6:41.1, ahead of the Mules (6:45.8) and the Polar Bears of Bowdoin College (6:56.6). In the women’s second varsity eight race, the Colby women finished in 8:22.1, second to Bates' 7:58.0. Two Colby boats (6:45.8, 6:56.6) placed behind a Bates boat (6:38.1) in the men’s second varsity eight race.
In men’s varsity four boat race, Bowdoin (7:17.9) captured first place in front of Bates (7:24.8), Colby (7:32.4), and the Bowdoin 'B' boat (7:35.9). The Colby women’s varsity four boat (8:31.8) placed third in a close race behind Bowdoin (8:22.5) and Bates (8:22.9). The Colby men's novice four boat recorded a second-place finish, coming in at 7:39.5 behind Bates (7:32.4). The women’s novice four boat was third with a 9:19.1 behind Bates (8:35.4) and Bowdoin (8:57.9).
The crew team’s next race is at home this Saturday against the University of New Hampshire and the University of Vermont.