Worcester, Mass. – For the second straight week, the Clark University Varsity Eight set a new school record, blazing their way to a time of 7:04.78 at the 2016 New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond Saturday morning.
Clark's time shreds nearly ten seconds off of the school record time of 7:14.41 set less than a week ago.
Wellesley swept all four races to capture its sixth consecutive conference title and the conference's automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Rowing Championships.
Wellesley also claimed the Florence Jope Smith Cup, awarded to the school with the highest number of points from the overall results. The Blue finished with a total of 40 points to better host WPI (28), Simmons (24), Smith (16), Coast Guard and Mount Holyoke (each with 10) and Clark (2).
Wellesley's Varsity Eight (V8) reached the finish line in a time of (6:37.62) to defeat second place WPI (6:44.85) by 7.23 seconds in the final race of the day. Simmons earned bronze (6:54.50), followed by fourth-place Coast Guard (6:58.85), fifth-place Mount Holyoke (6:59.09), sixth place Smith (7:00.64) and the seventh-place Cougars.
The V8 victory sealed the conference championship for the Blue after Wellesley's Second Varsity Eight (2V8) turned in a mark of 6:50.11 to give the Blue the top time in both the V8 and 2V8 events. WPI (7:01.79) and Simmons (7:10.74) also finished in second and third in the 2V8 field, followed by Smith (7:11.80) and Mount Holyoke (7:20.03) and Coast Guard (7:24.14).
Wellesley grabbed the title in the Third Varsity Eight (3V8) race, finishing ahead of the Pioneers with a time of 7:04.90. Smith was second at 7:09.83, while WPI (7:19.23) took third. Wellesley's Novice Eight (N8) also opened the day with a victory, topping Simmons (7:33.42), WPI (7:36.46) and Smith (8:16.01) with a time of 7:06.89.