PENNSAUKEN, N.J. —The University of Rhode Island won the 2018 Atlantic 10 Conference Rowing Championship, the sixth A-10 title in Rams’ history. Last year’s champion, Massachusetts placed second and George Washington finished third in the regatta, which was held Saturday at the Cooper River.
Rhody earned the Atlantic 10’s automatic bid to the NCAA Rowing Championship, which will be held May 25-27 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Fla.
The Rams won the Varsity 8 (6:37.501) and the Second Varsity 8 (6:51.217) races to claim the title. The V8 final race was key, as just two points separated Rhode Island, Massachusetts and George Washington entering that race, ensuring that the V8 winner would claim the A-10 crown. Rhode Island finished with 51 team points.
The Minutewomen earned 46 team points and finished in the top three in all three scoring events. UMass placed second in the Varsity 8 (6:41.238) and Varsity 4 (7:47.467), and third in the Second Varsity 8 (6:55.232).
George Washington was third overall with 44 team points with top three finishes in all three scoring events as well. The Colonials rowed past the finish line third in the V8 (6:41.311), second in the 2V8 (6:54.355) and third in the V4 (7:52.499). GW also won the non-scoring Third Varsity 8 with a time of 7:13.387.
Fordham places fourth as a team with 34 points, Saint Joseph’s was fifth with 32 points and Duquesne was sixth with 21 points. Saint Joseph’s finished second in the non-scoring Third Varsity 8 with a time of 7:25.198 while Fordham was third at 7:38.7. Dayton, George Mason and La Salle rounded out the scoring in the team events.