WORCESTER -- The New England Rowing Championships returned Saturday to Lake Quinsigamond after a two-year hiatus and the WPI men's rowing program claimed a bronze medal and a win in a petite final to highlight a competitive day of racing.
The seventh-seeded varsity eight got a tough draw and placed third in its heat, turning in a time of 6:02.563, behind MIT (5:54.840) and Trinity (5:56.393) but ahead of Coast Guard (6:11.580), UMass (6:16.337) and Merrimack (7:27.998). Afternoon racing saw the Crimson and Gray emerge victorious in the petite finals, reaching the finish line in a time of 6:00.242 to best Bowdoin (6:04.005), Middlebury (6:05.880), Wesleyan (6:10.165), Boston College (6:12.405) and Coast Guard (6:20.682).
The second varsity eight placed sixth in morning heat with a time of 6:26.850 but improved by nearly eight seconds in the afternoon to reach the final buoy in 6:17.999. Boston College took the petite final in a time of 6:11.111.
The Engineers were solid in the second varsity four. WPI placed second behind Vermont in the morning (7:15.929 to 7:24.434) but quicker than Conn College (7:27.661), MIT (7:29.367) and New Hampshire (7:44.596). A bronze medal was earned in the grand final as the Crimson and Gray reached the finish line in 7:14.186. Rhode Island (7:01.133) won gold, and Vermont (7:07.569) silver while Bowdoin (7:14.663) was fourth, Colby (7:22.946) fifth and Conn College (7:35.356) sixth.
WPI turns its attention to next week's National Invitational Rowing Championships, which is Sunday on Lake Quinsigamond.
Ian Wright (Belmont, MA) - Coxswain
Daniel Tengdin (Hanover, NH)
Noah Shoer (Portsmouth, NH)
Emerson Shatouhy (Ringwood, NJ)
Ariel Schecter (New York, NY)
Tommy O'Sullivan (Purchase, NY)
Patrick Flanigan (Tiverton, RI)
William Bazakas-Chamberlain (Belmont, MA)
Wynn Roberts (Pittsford, NY)
Second Varsity Eight
Julia Farnum (Auburn, NH) - Coxswain
Samay Govani (South Windsor, CT)
Mikkel Hersum (Weston, MA)
Bradley Sprunger (Kingston, MA)
Brian Fox (Hanson, MA)
Alexander Rickards (Andover, MA)
Samuel Dickens (Chester, NJ)
Shane Donahue (Otis, MA)
Jacob Christensen (Bend, OR)