MEDFORD – The Tufts University men's rowing team won the NESCAC East Regional on their home course Sunday afternoon over Bates College. As a result, the Jumbos will compete for the conference championship next Sunday again on Malden River.
In a new format this spring, eight men's rowing teams in the conference were divided into East and West regions. Both divisions held preliminary rounds today with the top two teams from each advancing to next Sunday's championship. Only the varsity eight results are counted.
Tufts was the top seed in the East and held on to that status with a thrilling victory over Bates in the first varsity eight finals today. The Jumbos came across the finish line in 6:12.8 with Bates just moments behind in 6:15.3. The Jumbos and the Bobcats both advance to next Sunday's conference finals.
The first varsity line-up which carried Tufts to victory today was coxswain Rachel Halliday followed by Harris Hardiman-Mostow, Henry Ross, Graeme McDonough, Ryan Hankins, John Griffin, Nick Kuranda, Corbin Steck and Alex Williams.
As top seed, the Jumbo 1V8 had faced fourth-seed Connecticut College in the heats today and won 6:57.2 to 7:25.1. Second-seed Bates College defeated three-seed Colby College in the other 1V8 heat 6:14.3 to 6:21.5.
Connecticut College did not bring a second varsity eight, so Tufts, Bates and Colby had a round-robin series of 2V8 races. The Jumbos defeated Colby (7:01.5 – 7:14.3), but lost to Bates (6:38.8 – 6:44.4).
The Jumbo 2V8 lined up with cox Logan McLennan, Drew Niles, Paul Fabrycky, Rick Boer, Peter Battle, Henry Gray, Eoghan Downey, Akash Maney and Theo Dadagian. They will also row again next Sunday, though only the varsity eight results will be counted in the championship.
Trinity College won the NESCAC West Division with Williams College as the runner-up. Those teams will travel to Tufts for next Sunday's NESCAC finals as well.