|Polly Harrington and the 1V8 were third in NESCAC|
WORCESTER – The Tufts University women's varsity eight placed third in the conference to highlight Friday racing at the 2018 National Invitational Rowing Championships (NIRC) on Lake Quinsigamond.
The NIRC also serves as the New England Small College Athletic Conference's championship event and the Tufts 1V8 was third out of seven. The Jumbos qualified for the grand final with a 6:33.507 to place second in their heat. In the GF, Tufts was fifth overall and behind just Bates and Wesleyan in the conference with time of 6:35 flat.
The second varsity eight earned a spot in the grand final by taking second in the third heat, timing 6:55.881. They were fifth in the grand final, fourth in the conference, with a 6:54.464 time.
In the 1V8, the Jumbos defeated eights from Wellesley, Hamilton and Williams, teams who are ranked ahead of them in this week's national poll. The Jumbo 2V8 topped squads from Ithaca, WPI and Hamilton who are higher in the poll.
The 1V8 and 2V8 races both featured seven NESCAC teams.
In a straight final, Tufts' novice eight came across the finish line third out of six with a 7:06.608 time. The third varsity eight was fifth in the heats (7:31.003) and fourth in the petite final (7:32.384).
For the point trophy standings, which include all races, the Jumbos were third with a 188.00 score. Bates (252.00) and Ithaca (197.00) were ahead of them.
The 2018 NCAA Division III Championship field will be release on Monday evening and Tufts will hope for an at large berth. Bates earned NESCAC's automatic qualifier. The Jumbos are in a group with Tufts WPI, Williams, Wesleyan and Hamilton vying for at large invitations.