|Ryan Magnuson and the novice eight nearly won the New England title|
WORCESTER - Despite a disappointing scratch by the men's varsity eight in the petite final, the Tufts men's crew team saw some encouraging efforts by its three other entries at the 2016 New England Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond Saturday.
The men's varsity eight had been fourth in the second heat with a 6:14.384 time. That earned them a spot in the petitite final. However, some team members were ill on Saturday and could not compete in the final race.
On the bright side, the Jumbos were second out of six in the novice eights, fourth out of six in the third varsity eights, and fifth of 12 in the second varsity eight races.
In total, the Jumbos scored 48.87 in the team point totals for eighth place out of 24 teams at the event overall. That's up seven spots from last year's 15th-place finish.
In their first race of the day, Tufts' second varsity eight timed 6:18.628 in the heats. That earned one of six spots in the grand final, where they were fifth in a 6:25.161 time.
The third varsity eight won their four-team heat with a 6:30.416 time, edging Boston College (6:32.889). In a six-team final, Tufts was fourth (6:39.772).
The novice eight also won its heat with a 6:21.787 time, almost three seconds ahead of Connecticut (6:24.553). In a photo finish, Tufts was second in the final with their 6:28.502 losing to Rhode Island's 6:28.440.
The Jumbos will row on Quinsigamond again next week at the National Invitational Championships.