May 14, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross men's and women's rowing teams finished up the ECAC Rowing Championships that took place at Lake Quinsigamond on Saturday and Sunday. Highlighting the day was the third place finish of the men's varsity eight crew in the grand final and the runner-up showing by the women's novice eight team. The men's second novice eight crew also won the two-team petite final on Sunday.
In the overall team competition, Holy Cross finished second behind just Trinity (133 points). The Crusader men's and women's teams combined for 111 points. Williams College (97 points) took third, Michigan (75 points) finished fourth and Ohio State (69 points) rounded out the top five.
The Holy Cross men's team finished third overall in their division with 63 points. Trinity (77 points) and Michigan (75 points) took the top two spots. In the women's competition, the Crusaders finished fifth with 48 points. Williams won the women's crown with 71 points.
The Crusader men's varsity eight started the weekend by placing first in their heat with a time of 5:55.79. In the semifinals of the men's varsity eight, Holy Cross was the runner-up with a time of 5:55.05 and earned a chance to compete in the grand final. Trinity (5:43.50) came away victorious in the grand final on Sunday afternoon, followed by Michigan (5:45.07). Holy Cross placed third with a time of 5:50.73 narrowly edging George Washington (5:50.77).
In the men's second varsity eight, Holy Cross qualified with a second place heat time of 6:12.30 and went on to take fourth in the grand final with a time of 6:09.50. Trinity paced the second varsity eight field in the final with a time of 5:57.97.
The men's third varsity eight crew placed third in the grand final of their division with a time of 6:18.18 behind the winner, Michigan (6:11.47) and the runner-up UC Davis (6:17.16).
In the men's novice eight petite final, the Crusaders took the bronze with a time of 6:19.99 after qualifying third with a heat time of 6:15.76. Ohio State won the petite final in 6:15.32 and Texas took second in 6:15.75.
Rounding out the day for the Holy Cross men, the second novice eight crew was victorious in the two-team petite final, beating Ohio State and finishing with a time of 6:40.72.
For the Crusader women, the day was highlighted by the second place finish of the novice eight crew in the grand final. Just behind Williams College (7:00.27), the Holy Cross women took silver with a time of 7:04.29.
The women's varsity eight qualified second in their opening heat with a time of 6:53.41 on Saturday and went on to finish fifth in the one of the semifinals in 7:00.60. The Crusaders would go on to take fifth in the petite final of the varsity eight competition in a time of 7:00.71. Bates College took first in the petite final in 6:47.74.
In the women's varsity four plus coxswain, Holy Cross would record an opening heat time of 8:11.17 to qualify in the third spot. Moving on to the grand final, the Crusaders took sixth with a time of 8:17.86 in a competition that was paced by Penn State (7:29.33).
The Holy Cross women's second varsity eight crew would take third place in a very closely contested petite final with a time of 7:11.17 behind the winner, Colby (7:09.93) and runner-up, Ithaca (7:11.08).
Next up for the Holy Cross men's rowing team is the Eastern Sprints on Sunday, May 21 beginning at 8:00 a.m.