PHILADELPHIA, PA – Racing on the Schuylkill River against stiff competition, the men’s crew had a solid early season showing with four eights and two fours representing the Ephs. The varsity and novice boats both took second place finishes in their events to lead the team.
The men’s 1V placed third in the final of the varsity event after winning their heat to advance. The men separated themselves from the field in the preliminary heat, finishing with a time of 6:00 and winning by four seconds over crews from Delaware, Lehigh, and Army In their final, they faced tough crews from Fordham and Temple. Temple pushed the pace in the second 1,000 meters of the race and Williams battled it out with Fordham in the sprint, taking third in 5:52, three-tenths of a second from the second place Fordham crew.
The novice men advanced after placing first in their heat and
took second overall in the final with a time of 6:08, two seconds
behind the winning Delaware crew. In their morning heat, the
novice men put together a strong race, taking a two second margin
over their closest competitor and advancing to the afternoon
Despite solid races, two Williams boats were stalled in the preliminary rounds of the JV event and did not advance to the finals. The 2V boat took fourth in their heat of the JV race. They drew a competitive heat, taking on crews from Delaware, Army and Bucknell, but their time of 6:17 was not enough to advance them to the finals. The Williams 3V boat competed in the JV race as well, finishing second in their heat in 6:28, but their time was not enough to advance them.
Several men doubled back to compete in the two Williams boats entered in the men’s varsity four event, but their second and third place finishes in the heats did not allow them to advance to the finals.
Prior to their return trip north, the men’s crew raced at the Clemson Sprints in Clemson, SC and dominated their competition, winning several events against Division I schools.
The Williams men’s crew will compete next week at Tufts.