WORCESTER, MA - The Williams Men's crew departed early this morning for Lake Quinsigamond. The Ephs were greeted by sunshine and warm weather, as well as a shifting wind.
The crew had come off of a challenging week of practice on Onota Lake. The Ephs had battled high winds and challenging weather all week, and at the same time had been working to adjust to the first varsity's new boat - the Relentless 2. The boat was generously donated by an Eph alum, and the crew has been excitedly learning the ins and outs of the boat.
The first varsity raced took to the water first, facing WPI and Franklin and Marshall on WPI's home course. The varsity men took an early lead. They first pushed away from Franklin Marshall, then distanced themselves from WPI. The 1v clocked a 6:01 time, winning by lengths of open water.
The first freshmen boat was the Ephs' second to race. The boat was entered in a dual race with WPI. The freshmen crew demonstrated a lot of power today. They pushed away from WPI crew quickly and only widened their margin over the course of the race. The 1F crew clocked a 6:14 2k time this morning, finding an initial tailwind that then switched into a headwind during their race.
The second varsity boat raced next for the Ephs. The boat was racing against both the Franklin and Marshal and WPI 2Vs. The Ephs had an aggressive start, finding themselves ahead of both crews after the first twenty strokes and rowing into a brisk headwind. Williams remained half a boat length ahead of WPI for majority of the race as those two crews quickly moved away from Franklin Marshal. The Eph 2V found a faster sprint than WPI and won the race with a time of 6:18.
The final race for the men's team was the second freshmen boat in dual race against the WPI third varsity boat. The 2F has been making dramatic improvements but was out matched by the WPI boat. The second place finish left the freshmen frustrated, but able to pinpoint some areas to focus on making improvements in.
"The crew responded well to a difficult week of practice," said head coach Peter Wells, "we are looking forward to making improvements during a difficult week of practice ahead."
The Williams crew is looking forward to not only the practices on Onota Lake this week, but also a home race there against their Little Three rivals from Wesleyan this coming Saturday.