CHERRY HILL, NJ - Williams College Varsity rowers were deeply disappointed at the cancellation of their final regatta of the season. The Eastern College Athletic Conference Invitational Rowing Championship was canceled on Sunday May 10 due to high winds. After waiting around all day for delay after delay, the event was cancelled at 4pm.
Williams 1V had just come off of a surprising win against Trinity last week in the New England Championship regatta. Williams desperately wanted to test their speed against Michigan in the Grand finals, but this was not to be.
The only Williams boat to race was the 2V. They finished their heat down three and a half seconds from first place Trinity. The 1V heats were all cancelled along with the 1V and 3V straight finals.
The squad also had gone through a number of lineup changes from sickness and seat racing. Regardless, the 1V maintained its speed and the 2V was greatly strengthened. Shawn Curley '09 4-seat of the 2V boat was greatly encouraged despite the results: "It was really frustrating to have our hopes for gold dashed by the weather conditions. But considering our team's youth and momentum, I can't help but think that Williams Crew is about go 49er style next year."
The weekend was wasted, but the team is quite hopeful next year. Head Coach Peter Wells will return as the crew bids farewell to beloved coach Ben Lewis. The crew will graduate its three captains: Rob Buesing, Michael Sacks, and Andrew Ward. The crew also bids farewell to coxswain Dan Winston, whose leadership, focus and dedication inspired all boats he entered. Building on the strength of the ‘08's, the departing members saw the crew through a leadership change and through unparalleled success at the Head of the Charles and New England's.
Two bright stars of the program will continue rowing this summer. Dan Kenefick '11 was invited to the Under-23 lightweight rowing camp in Oklahoma City for prospective 4-rowers. Andy Ward '09 was invited to the Small boats training camps in Philadelphia or Boston. See press release here.
All the men of the team look forward to an exciting fall season.