Berkshire Eagle Staff
INDIANAPOLIS -- Both of Wiliams College’s varsity eights have reached their respective Grand Finals at the NCAA Division III women’s rowing championships.
The women’s Varsity 1 boat won heat B to claim its berth in the Grand Final. The Varsity 2 boat finished second in its heat and then finished second in the repechage to qualify for its Grand Final.
The Varsity 1 boat took the lead at 500 meters and held off runner-up Trinity by five seconds. Williams’ time was 6 minutes, 43.04 seconds, while the Bantams came in at 6:48.68. Washington College was third and William Smith was fourth.
"[The Varsity 1] took a great first step and [today’s] Grand Final is going to be exciting with four really fast boats," Williams coach Kate Maloney said in a statement.
In the Varsity 2 repechage, Williams finished second to Wesleyan as the Cardinals made up a one-second deficit after 500 meters to take a lead at 1,000 meters. The Wesleyan boat crossed the finish line first in 7:02.74, while Williams was second in 7:06.36.
The Ephs had lost in the first round to Bates.
The four boats in the Varsity 2 Grand Final are all from NESCAC, with Wesleyan, Williams, Bates and Trinity.
Williams and Trinity will lead the six boats in the Varsity 1 Grand Final, along with Bates, Washington College, Wesleyan and Wellesley.