Gold River, Calif. – The Trinity College women's rowing first varsity eight crew won the petit final in the NCAA Division III Championship Regatta on Lake Natoma at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center this afternoon. The Bantam first varsity recorded a time of 7:06.25, moving ahead of Puget Sound and Bates' second varsity over the latter half of the race to finish almost two full seconds ahead of Bates. The Bantam second varsity eight came in sixth in the same race with a time of 7:25.39. Overall, the Bantams came in sixth place due to its combined places by the first and second varsity.
Williams captured its sixth-consecutive Division III team title, winning the grand final in a time of 66:54.43seconds, more than six seconds ahead of second-place Bates. It marked Williams' third-straight varsity eight title and secured the team championship for the Ephs. Williams captured the title with 19 points, followed by Bates (16), Wellesley (14), Ithaca (12), William Smith (9) and Trinity (8).
Both Trinity College eights had qualified for the petit final yesterday. Trinity's first varsity eight finished third in Friday's preliminary heat with a time of 6:53.40, edging Williams' second varsity by just over a half second. The Bantam first varsity was neck and neck with the Ephs' second varsity with 1,000 meters to go in the grand final qualifier, but fell back late to finish more than four seconds behind in fifth place and failed to earn a spot in tomorrow's grand final.
The Bantam second varsity eight recovered from a seventh-place performance in its opening heat to claim fourth in the petit qualifier. Trinity placed in the middle of a photo finish among three boats in the afternoon qualifier, as Ithaca came in third at 7:24.09, Trinity was fourth at 7:24.28, and William Smith was fifth at 7:24.67.