The No. 7-ranked women’s crew team placed seventh at the New England Championships this weekend in a high-powered regatta that featured eight of the top ten teams in the country.
The first varsity boat came second in their heat race, posting a 6:50.96 time just behind Bates, the nation’s top-ranked team, and third overall in the heat races to earn them a spot in the final. In the grand final, however, they came in sixth, behind No. 1 Bates, No. 2 Williams, No. 3 Wellesley, No. 4 Wesleyan and No. 6 Trinity.
The second varsity boat came in third in their heat race, qualifying for the petite final, and they eventually came third of six in the petite final, finishing with a time of 7:38.665.
The Jumbos’ third varsity eight had a similar story, coming third in heat racing overall, before placing sixth in the grand final. The team’s novice four was unable to advance out of the heat races. Tufts’ boats combined racked up 47.12 points to come in seventh place out of 29 as a team.
The team will return to Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. this weekend for the National Invitational Championships, where they will face many of the same teams and hope to cap off what has been a breakout season with a strong finish on the national stage.