WORCESTER - The Tufts University men's rowing team took third place in NESCAC today while competing at the National Invitational Rowing Championships (NIRC) on Lake Quinsigamond. The NESCAC Championship is awarded based on the performance in the first varsity eight grand final race at the NIRC.
Tufts was sixth overall in the NIRC 1V8 grand final with a 6:02.521 time. That was behind first-place Williams (5:56.171) and fourth-place Bates College (6:01.306) in the conference competition. Tufts had reached the grand final by taking second in its heat earlier in the day with a 6:00.368 time. They defeated NESCAC opponents Hamilton and Trinity in that race. The Jumbo 1V8 today was Rachel Halliday (cox), William Landers, Alex Maykel, Nick Kuranda, Ryan Hankins, Eoghan Downey, Alex Williams, John Griffin (pictured) and Henry Ross.
The Jumbo 2V8 had the best overall finish today with third in the grand final. They too had been second in their heat (6:14.374) before rowing a 6:07.765 mark in the final to trail only Williams (6:06.086) and MIT (6:06.221) in a close race. Rachel Weinberg (cox) Drew Niles, George Lakis, Harrison Sweet, David Gantt, Corbin Steck, Spenser Walsh, Teddy Schneider and Ryan Kane were the Tufts team.
For the third varsity races, the Jumbos made it 3 for 3 reaching the grand final as they were second in the heat at 6:23.141. They then rowed a 6:30.617 time in the GF for sixth overall. Tara Curran was coxswain with Andrew Fisher, Nick Briano, Henry Gray, Gonzalo Escajadillo, Charlie Guerra, Brendan McHugh, Will Rubin and Joey Montalto.
Tufts also competed in a three-team straight final for the fourth varsity eight, where the Jumbos (6:18.113) defeated Michigan (6:20.933) and Williams (6:24.333). The Jumbos had Logan McLennan (cox), Akash Maney, Kenan Oktay, Chris Millay, Peter Battle, Nick Gravenites, Griffin Hardy, Ian Knightly and James Luck in action.
With today's result Tufts has a good chance to qualify for the IRA national championship. The official word comes through Monday.