Williams 1V men downs Marist; 2V takes third in final home regatta

Williams 1V men downs Marist; 2V takes third in final home regatta

PITTSFIELD, MA – The Williams men’s crew took three wins and a third place on the day in their final race before the New England Rowing Championships.  Despite blustery conditions making for choppy water on Lake Onota, the men rowed well and ensured themselves a high seed in their championship races in the coming weeks.

The men’s first varsity boat started the racing off with a win in their preliminary heat over Coast Guard.  Williams crossed the line in 6:27.7 with a two and a half second margin over Coast Guard (6:30.1).  Bates trailed in third, not far behind, with a 6:31.1.  Marist and Ithaca posted fast times in their morning heat as well, finishing in 6:26.8 and 6:28.8, respectively, setting themselves up for a later showdown with the Williams 1V.  Tufts was a distant third.  In the grand final, Williams faced the challenge of a Marist crew that they had not beaten in over five years and strong crews from Ithaca and Coast Guard who posted competitive times in the earlier heats.  The 1V was able to pull out a narrow victory over Marist, winning by less than a second, with a time of 6:25.0 to Marist’s 6:26.5.  Ithaca and Coast Guard took third and fourth. 

The second varsity race featured five boats across with Coast Guard leading the charge, followed by Ithaca, Williams, Bates, and Tufts.  Coast Guard took the win in 6:24.3 with Ithaca edging out Williams for second.  Ithaca’s 6:32.6 was three seconds better than Williams in 6:35.8.  Bates and Tufts followed in fourth and fifth. 

In the third varsity race, the Williams men notched another “W”, finishing a length up on Ithaca and several lengths on Bates to post a time of 7:51.7 in their win.  Ithaca was second in 6:55.7 with Bates third in 7:03.4.

The novice men posted the final win of the day with a ten second victory over second-place Marist.  Williams finished in 6:31.3 and Marist, two lengths back, crossed the line in 7:41.5, with Coast Guard a close third (7:44.5).  Ithaca was fourth. 

The men’s crew will travel to the New England Rowing Championships at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA next weekend. 

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