WORCESTER - The Tufts University men's crew team finished its 2017 spring season with a good showing at the National Invitational Rowing Championships (NIRC) on Friday at Lake Quinsigamond.
With the event also serving as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship, Tufts had finishes of third in first varsity eight and second in second varsity eight against league competition. Tufts also had teams in third varsity eight and novice eight contests.
In the first varsity eight, Tufts was second in its heat with a 5:57.277 time across 2,000 meters. They were behind only Bates (5:54.687) in the six-team third heat. That finish put the Jumbos into the grand final, where they placed sixth in a 6:11.668 time. Hobart won the race (5:59.059), while second-place Bates (6:01.363) claimed the conference crown and fourth-place Williams (6:07.479) was second in NESCAC. The Jumbos finished ahead of conference competitors Wesleyan, Trinity, Colby and Hamitlon. Overall, they were sixth of 17.
In the second varsity eight, Tufts would finish behind only Bates in the NESCAC race. The Jumbos posted a 6:11.440 in the heats to trail only Hobart (6:02.862). Into the grand final, the Brown and Blue took fifth place overall in a 6:15.415 time. Bates was the runner-up in the race and won the conference crown with a 6:08.565 mark in the grand final. The Jumbos were ahead of Wesleyan, Williams, Trinity and Colby. Hobart earned a sweep of the NIRC's top two races with a 6:04.744 win in 2V8. Among 15 total 2V8's at the event Tufts was fifth.
Straight finals were held in both the third varsity eight and novice eight. The Jumbos were fifth in the 3V8 at 6:20.513 in a race that was again won by Hobart (6:06.380). The Tufts novice eight timed 6:19.003 for fourth place, 12 seconds behind race winner Boston College's 6:07.259 first-place time.
With their finishes in each race, Tufts won the men's point trophy with a 62.00 total. They were two ahead of second-place Hobart (60.00) and Bates (57.00) was third. With the strong men's performance, Tufts was second in the combined (men's and women's) point trophy standings. The Jumbos total of 105.00 was second only to Bates (120.00). Williams at 102.00 was third.
Tufts University's boatings for each of these races will be added to this release as soon as they are available.