Williams sweeps Wesleyan, Amherst to take Little Three Championships

Williams sweeps Wesleyan, Amherst to take Little Three Championships

PITTSFIELD, MA -- The Williams men's crew won every race they entered on their way to the Little Three title in front of a large home crowd on Lake Onota in their annual competition with Wesleyan and Amherst.  The University of Vermont competed as a guest crew this year.

This regatta was billed as a tight match-up between the powerful Williams 1V and defending Little Three champion, Wesleyan. With perfect racing conditions, flat water, and minimal wind, the men’s 1V made a statement with their victory and reclaimed the Saratoga Oar.  The men started the race with a strong start sequence that pushed them ahead by several seats.  Through the 1,000 meter mark they managed to gain several more, but it was the third 500 meters of the race where they finally separated themselves from the Wesleyan crew and went on to take an open water victory with a time of 6:07.9.  Wesleyan finished five seconds back in 6:12.9.

By virtue of their strong performances this spring, the novice men raced in the second varsity event as the Williams 2V and came away with a win over the Wesleyan 2V.  The novice men defeated Wesleyan by several lengths of open water to cross the line in 6:17.7, with Wesleyan in second in 6:33.9.  

In the 3V event, the Williams 2V, racing as Williams “A”, took the win over Wesleyan, the Williams 3V, racing as Williams “B”, and Vermont.  The 2V pulled away to take the victory in 6:25.7, while the 3V battled it out with Wesleyan and settled for third with a time of 6:37.9, a length behind the second place Wesleyan crew (6:33.1).  Vermont was fourth in 6:53.1.

Williams entered two novice fours in the men’s novice four event, the most subscribed event of the day, and came away with the top two spots.   The first Williams boat crossed the line in 7:05.8, with the next Williams boat finishing in 7:13.2.  UVM “A” finished five seconds back to take third in 7:18.5, while UVM “B” and Amherst finished fourth and fifth, respectively.  

Williams did not race any varsity fours.  

The Ephs will host Marist, Bates, Ithaca, USCGA, and Tufts at Lake Onota on April 26 in their final tune-up before the New England Rowing Championships.

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