Massachusetts opened their championship season Saturday with the New England Regional Championships in Worcester. The squad fielded four boats, sending three to the grand finals, and earning bronze medals in the third and fourth varisity eight categories. UMass finished fifth overall in team points which surpassed last year’s finish of sixth, overall.
The Aggies traveled to Worcester Saturday to take on WPI, BC, and Coast Guard at the McGee Cup. Boston College won the cup after sweeping all four events.
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After a disappointing day of racing at Tufts the previous weekend, Massachusetts bounced backed at UConn on Saturday by winning three out of their four events. Vermont was also in attendance and had a boat in the first and third varsity-eight category.
Massachusetts squared off against three of the top squads in New England (Tufts, Bates, and Wesleyan) on Saturday in a forgettable day of competition. Racing four boats in three events on the Malden River where Tufts hosted the round-robin matchups.
The Aggies concluded their weekend of racing in Lowell Sunday with the first-ever New England State University Regatta. UMass had a clean sweep, winning all four of their events against the other state schools. (Boston College also raced several boats, but competed merely for exhibition.)
Massachusetts ended their five month racing hiatus Saturday, competing at the Class of 2003 cup on Lake Quinsigamond. UMass raced four eights in three different categories against Hamilton, Wesleyan, Colby, and host, WPI. Ultimately, it was Wesleyan who took home the cup after winning the first and second varsity eights events.