Rhode Island Wins Seventh A-10 Rowing Championship
PENNSAUKEN, N.J.—Rhode Island won its second consecutive Atlantic 10 Rowing Championship Saturday at the Cooper River, winning all three scoring races.
The Rams scored 54 points and won their seventh A-10 title overall with first-place finishes in the Varsity 8, the Second Varsity 8 and the Varsity 4. Rhode Island earned the Atlantic 10’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, May 31 – June 2.
Both the Varsity 8 and Second Varsity 8 were thrilling races with Rhody edging second-place George Washington in both events. The Colonials finished second in team scoring with 48 points, followed by a two-way tie for third between Fordham and Massachusetts at 35 points. Dayton and Saint Joseph’s each scored 29 to tie for fifth, followed by Duquesne in seventh with 22 points. George Mason and La Salle rounded out the team scoring respectively.
URI won the Varsity 4 Grand Final race by a wide margin, clocking in at 8:08.381, 10 seconds faster than second-place GW, which finished at 8:18.849. Duquesne placed third with an 8:23.862. Dayton won the two-boat Petite Final with an 8:49.308.
Less than 2.5 seconds separated first place from third place in the Second Varsity 8, with Rhode Island winning with a time of 7:00.103. GW was just behind at 7:01.898 and Massachusetts was third at 7:02.306. Duquesne won the Petite Final with a time of 7:44.420.
Leading by three points in the team standings entering the Varsity 8 races, Rhody needed to finish above George Washington to clinch the title. URI won by a narrow 4.334 seconds over the Colonials with a time of 6:41.248. GW finished second at 6:45.582 and Fordham was third at 6:49.755.
GW won the Third Varsity 8, with the A-10 runs as a non-scoring exhibition event. The Colonials had a time of 7:24.759, while UMass placed second with a time of 7:31.099. Rhode Island was third, crossing the line at 7:36.795.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
1. Rhode Island (54)
2. George Washington (48)
3. Fordham (35)
5. Dayton (29)
Saint Joseph's (29)
7. Duquesne (22)
8. George Mason (10)
9 . La Salle (7)