FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BATES WOMEN'S CREW GAINS NATIONAL RANKING
LEWISTON, Maine - The Bates College women's rowing team, in its first season as a varsity program, has earned a top-10 spot among Division II and III Varsity Eights, according to the a coaches poll released April 5 by USRowing and the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).
"It is a great honor to be ranked with the best programs in the country, particularly as a first-year varsity sport," said first-year head coach Richard Ruggieri. "I am very proud of the student-athletes. Hopefully, we can stay focused and continue to win races and improve as the season goes on."
Active as a club program since 1986, Bates rowing is excelling in its first varsity campaign under Ruggieri, who came to Bates from the prestigious Vesper Rowing club in Philadelphia. The women's varsity eight boat finished the fall season with a 55-3 record, including wins over top-ranked William Smith College and No. 3 Williams at the Head of the Fish regatta, hosted by Skidmore College Oct. 29. The Bobcats opened the spring season April 1 by winning nine of 11 races at Mt. Holyoke College, as the women's varsity eights defeated No. 19 Mt. Holyoke College, as well as Middlebury and Vassar colleges.
Bates rows this weekend against Mass. Maritime Academy, UMass-Lowell
and WPI in Worcester, Mass.
Women's NCAA Division II/III Varsity Eights Team (1st-Place Votes) Points 1. William Smith (1) 126 2. California-Davis (4) 116 3. Williams College (2) 114 4. Ithaca College 113 5. U.S. Coast Guard Academy 94 6. Wesleyan University 68 7. Bates College 60 8. Connecticut College 57 9. Smith College 54 10. Skidmore College 50 11. Marietta College 47 12. Western Washington University 45 13t. Colby College 39 13t. Johns Hopkins University 39 13t. Barry University 39 16. University of San Diego 34 17. Trinity (Conn.) College 33 18. Pacific Lutheran University 32 19t. Mercyhurst College 27 19t. Mount Holyoke College 27 19t. Tufts University 27 Others receiving votes: Massachusetts Institute of Technology 24, Washington (Md.) College 23, Rochester Institute of Technology 15, Seattle Pacific University 13, College of Holy Cross 11, Savannah College of Art and Design 8, Union College 8, Wellesley College 7, Vassar College 4, Humboldt State University 3, Hamilton College 2, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute 1.
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