Men's 1V and 3V crews take second to Trinity, program wins overall points trophy at New Englands

Men's 1V and 3V crews take second to Trinity, program wins overall points trophy at New Englands

WORCESTER, MA – The Williams men’s crew took silver medals in the first and third varsity events and the novice men took the gold on their way to second place in the men’s team points trophy standings, behind Trinity.  In combination with the women’s team, they also captured the Quinsigamond Commission Trophy for the best overall men’s and women’s team performance, edging out Trinity for the title. 

The men’s first varsity boat, seeded second in their race, took a win in their preliminary heat, finishing a second and a half up on Wesleyan and three seconds up on Bates.  Their time of 6:02.89 was three seconds slower than the first ranked Trinity boat who won their earlier preliminary heat with a time of 5:59.81.  Going into the grand final, Williams lined up against Trinity, WPI, Wesleyan, Bates and Coast Guard.  The Williams men took it off the line and kept Trinity in contact for the first half of the race, with Wesleyan and WPI still in the mix.  Trinity pulled away in the second half of the race leaving Wesleyan, Williams, WPI racing for second place.  Williams narrowly edged Wesleyan out for the silver, finishing in 6:03.60, with Wesleyan taking the bronze with a time of 6:04.20.  WPI just missed a trip to the medals dock with a time of 6:04.88. 

The men’s second varsity had a tough morning heat, narrowly missing a qualifying spot for the grand final.  They finished fifth in their heat in 6:33.36 with U Mass in third taking the final qualifying spot in 6:30.58 and Boston College fourth in 6:32.62.  Trinity easily defeated WPI by 10 seconds to win the heat in 6:14.15.  In the afternoon petite final, the 2V demonstrated how competitive they are with a tight 1.37 second win over UNH with a time of 6:25.34 to take seventh place overall.  In the grand final Trinity took an easy win in 6:08.94, joined by Wesleyan and WPI on the medals dock. 

The men’s third varsity and novice boats each went straight to the grand final round with only seven and four boats respectively in their races.  The men’s third varsity race came down to the wire in a battle for second with Wesleyan.  With 500 meters to go in the race, the Williams men found themselves in third, with Trinity out in front, but only four seats down on Wesleyan.  With 400 meters to go, they began to sprint early and got out to a slight lead which they manage to hold until the finish, defeating Wesleyan for the silver, 6:28.23 to 6:28.73.  Trinity won the race in 6:12.04. 

The men’s novice eight lined up with Trinity, Coast Guard, and URI for their only race of the day.  The novice men wasted no time confirming their #1 seeding and moved ahead early to take Trinity by a length of open water with a speedy time of 6:08.89, seven seconds faster than second place Trinity (6:16.48).  Their time of 6:08.89 would have just eclipsed the winning time by the Trinity 2V in the second varsity grand final (6:08.94).

The Williams men will return to Lake Quinsigamond in a week to race in the ECAC National Invitational on May 10 and 11. 

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