MEDFORD – The Tufts University men's rowing team will race for the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship on Sunday as part of the National Invitation Rowing Championships (NIRC) at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester.
The NESCAC Championship is awarded based on performance in the first varsity eight grand final race at the NIRC. Three men's varsity eight heats will begin at 10:40 am Sunday with competition for spots in the grand final that is slated for 4:20 pm. A petite final at 4:10 pm and a third final at 4 pm will also be contested.
Tufts is in the second heat in the morning along with NESCAC teams Bates and Colby (and non-NESCAC's Marist, Ithaca and Skidmore). Williams and Trinity from the conference are in the five-team first heat, while Wesleyan and Hamilton row in the third heat to make for seven NESCAC teams challenging for the conference title. The top two finishers in each heat move on to the grand final.
Tufts' 1V8 had its best finish since 1992 at the New England Rowing Championships (NERC) on Lake Quinsigamond last Saturday when they were fifth in the grand final, recording a 6:12.295 time. For the NIRC and NESCAC's, the Jumbos will go with the same line-up of coxswain James Grant, stroke Rick Boer, 7 Mats Edwards, 6 Ryan Bell, 5 Alex Williams, 4 Jordan Bacher, 3 Harris Hardiman-Mostow, 2 James Miller and bow Nick Hartman.
Tufts was third in NESCAC last season when they won the petite final at NIRC with a 5:58.144 time.
According to the 2019 NIRC Regatta seeding poll released this week, Wesleyan is the top-ranked NESCAC team followed by Bates, Williams, Trinity, Tufts, Hamilton and Colby. At the 2019 NERC on Lake Quinsigamond last Saturday, Wesleyan won the grand final in 6:08.275 across 2,000 meters followed by Bates, Williams, Trinity and Tufts. Colby was in the petite final.
Last year, Bates won the varsity eight grand final to repeat as NESCAC champions. The Bobcats won the grand final with a time of 5:41.384 to secure their third NESCAC title in four years. Williams, who turned in a time of 5:52.664 to finish fifth in the grand final, was the NESCAC runner-up.
The Jumbos will also race in second and third varsity contests, though NESCAC Championships are not at stake in those events. The 3V8 will be the first Jumbo boat in the water as part of the second heat at 8:50 am. The 2V8 will row in the third of three heats at 9:50 am. The third varsity grand final is at 2:10 pm (petite 2 pm) with three second varsity finals following an hour later including the grand final at 3:10 am.
Tufts' second varsity boating will have Tara Curran as coxswain, stroke Henry Ross, 7 Matias Facciuto, 6 Rich Gilland, 5 Isaac Mudge, 4 Peter Malinovsky, 3 Mitch Koganski, 2 Samson Braun and bow Alec Whipple.
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Almost instant race results will be available at nirc.qra.org.