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BATES ROWING GAINS NATIONAL RANKING
LEWISTON, Maine The Bates College women's rowing team has earned a Top-20 national ranking for the first time in the team's history as a varsity program.
The women's varsity eight were ranked 18th in the most recent poll released by USRowing and the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association. The Bobcats earned the ranking thanks to a win over previously-ranked Tufts University on April 13.
"The women are pleased to finally be recognized for the fine racing they've displayed this spring," said Bates head coach Andrew Carter. " The ranking is timely heading into the New England Championship this weekend." Eleven of the top 20 teams will be competing at the May 4 race in Worcester, Mass.
The members of the boat are sophomore Shelby Graham of Devon, Pa.; sophomore Kate Mannle of Cabin John, Md.; sophomore Andrea Noyes of Avon, Conn.; sophomore Lindsay Fry of Severna Park, Md.; sophomore Anna Felton of Wenham, Mass.; senior co-captain Laura Allen of Yellow Springs, Ohio; sophomore Renee Blacken of Ithaca, N.Y.; senior co-captain Lori Massa of Reading, Mass.; and junior coxswain Kate Strum of Ridgewood, N.J.
Women's NCAA Division III Varsity Eights Team (1st-Place Votes) Points Previous Rank 1. Williams College (9) 197 1 2. Ithaca College (1) 188 2 3. Colby College 179 3 4. Smith College 175 4 5. Wellesley College 150 6t 6. RIT 146 8 7. William Smith 130 5 8t. Wesleyan University 124 9 8t. WPI 124 6t 10. U.S. Coast Guard Acad. 117 10 11. Washington College 98 12 12. Trinity College 85 11 13. Pacific Lutheran 70 17 14. Vassar College 66 15 15. Mt. Holyoke College 63 14 16. Willamette University 40 13 17. Mass. Inst. of Technology 34 16 18t. Bates College 25 NR 18t. Skidmore College 25 19 20t. Connecticut College 21 18 20t. Univ. of Puget Sound 21 NR
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