Crusaders Combine For Second At New England Championship

May 7, 2006


WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's and women's rowing teams combined to take second overall place overall at the New England Rowing Championships on Sunday at Lake Quinsigamond. The men and women teamed up to total 156 points to finish just 10 points behind Trinity for the overall title. With 90 points the Holy Cross men finished second and the women took fifth with 60 points.

Trinity College won the overall championships with 166 combined team points. The Trinity men also won the men's championship with 96 points and the Williams College was victorious on the women's side with 90 points.

Last week's ECAC/NIRC Crew of the Week, the men's varsity eight started their day by taking first in their opening heat with a time of 5:54.33. In the grand final of the men's varsity eight, Holy Cross finished second to Trinity by just over four seconds with a time of 5:59.87. The Crusaders edged out teams from Williams, Wesleyan, Massachusetts and Coast Guard.

In the men's third varsity eight competition, Holy Cross was victorious in the grand final with a time of 6:25.98 defeating second-place Wesleyan by almost 11 seconds. The men's second varsity eight crew took second to Trinity in the grand final with a time of 6:09.33, just under three seconds off the pace.

The men's novice eight (6:23.01) finished fourth in the grand final and the second novice eight (6:37.52) took sixth overall.

The women's varsity eight crew took first in the petite final with a time of 7:14.94. In the win, the Crusader women edged Bates College by over four seconds along with Mount Holyoke, New Hampshire, Coast Guard, and WPI.

With a time of 7:30.18, the Holy Cross women's second novice eight crew also won in the grand final with a time of 7:30.18, knocking off Smith, Wellesley, and Tufts.

In the women's novice eight grand final, the Crusaders finished in third place behind Williams and Bates with a time of 7:24.90. The women's second varsity eight took second overall in the petite final with a time of 7:22.14 just behind New Hampshire.