CAMBRIDGE, MA -- The Ephs finished the event in a time of 14:54.354 — a course record that would unfortunately stand for only a few minutes. Williams finished ten seconds behind The Florida Institute of Technology — the crew that bested the Ephs' record upon their completion of the course — and nearly three seconds ahead of NESCAC rival Trinity College.
The Ephs' first place finish last year granted Williams a start at the front of the pack, establishing the team as a target for the crews that would follow through the start. Williams had the advantage of seeing third place Trinity for the entirety of the race down the Charles River. As Trinity had finished within two seconds behind the Ephs in each of the previous two years, Williams knew it had a challenging crew chasing them.
Trinity and Williams posted almost identical times from the start to Riverside Boathouse, and Trinity clawed their way to a nearly two second advantage by the Weld Boathouse. The Ephs would regain a second by the Cambridge Boathouse, but it was their sprint that secured the crew's second place finish. The Eph men took nearly four seconds on Trinity in the last section of the race.
"I think our experience really helped us," said captain Joey Kiernan'11, who was in the Charles winning boats in the previous years. "We didn't panic, and just did what we needed to do."
While the crew found solace in beating rival Trinity College, they were not able to overcome the ten-second gap posted between the Ephs and the event winner, Florida Institute of Technology. FIT started near the back of the pack with bow ball number thirty-three, and were unseen by Williams for the entirety of the three mile race.
"We executed perfectly," commented captain Jack Wadden'11. "We stuck to our game plan. Trinity definitely moved up on us during the first part, but we knew the starboard turn was our part of the race. Everyone's really happy, we really feel like we left it all out there."
"It was a great end to our season," added captain Daniel Kenefic'11. "It was pretty ideal. We know we accomplished something here today, but it definitely showed us that we still have work to do."
The Williams' Second Varsity Boat was also a competitor in the event. Entering the event through the lottery system, the crew finished fifteenth, upsetting a number of first varsity boats.
"I think it was a very impressive performance, "said Leland Brewster'11. "We really showed our team's depth here today. "
Competing as one of two-second varsity boats in Collegiate Event, the 2V finished with a time of 15:39.766. The Ephs' second varsity overcame much adversity in the week leading up to the Charles, as their stroke seat, John Gorman '13, was pulled up into the 1V only four days before the event. Having little time to adjust to their vastly different lineup, the 2V was very satisfied with its performance.
The Williams Varsity men's crew will finish off its fall racing season next weekend at the Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Coxswain- Michele McRae'12