PITTSFIELD, MA—The Williams Men's Varsity crew successfully defended their home course, defeating Bates, Ithaca, and the United States Coast Guard Academy Saturday morning.
The first varsity boat retained possession of the Onota Cup, the award given to the winner of the three crews' annual thmeeting. The second varsity boat captured the Berkshire Plate from Bates, and the freshman eight lost to Ithaca for a second week in a row.
The Ephs overcame harsh conditions, racing in a moderate cross-head wind on bumpy water. The temperature was in the mid-thirties all morning, with increasing rain throughout the day.
The men's first varsity eight started the day on the right foot. Williams was up on all three of its opponents from the start, but it was not until the crew took a move about halfway through their race that they were able to walk away from the rest of the field. The Ephs were ahead by a comfortable distance at 750 meters to go, and would go on to finish their race in a time of 6:26.0.
Stroke seat Alex Treco '12 thought "the boat just really picked up today. We had no problem falling right into our rhythm after the start and we were able to maintain it for the full [two thousand meters]. "
A similar story is to be told of the Williams second varsity eight. That boat also won by open water, and made it down their home course in a total time of 6:36.6.
"Having a faster crew to work off of in practice has really helped us prepare for racing situations," said Nathan Barker '13. "Doing pieces against the 1V is pushing us to row better than I think we would be otherwise."
The freshman eight was defeated by Ithaca, but managed to beat out the Coast Guard crew. The Eph novices crossed the line five seconds after Ithaca, which is half of the ten second deficit of the prior weekend. "We're not satisfied, but we were able to pick up five seconds over our competition" commented Eric Quay '14. "If we can show a similar improvement over next week's practice we can be right on them."
The Ephs return to Lake Quinsigamond next weekend for the New England Championships. Williams' first varsity eight has won that event two years in a row.
c-Michael Abrams '11
8-Alex Treco '12
7-Jack Wadden '11
6-Jonathan Gorman '13
5-Theo Patsalos-Fox '12
4-Kenneth Sluis '11
3-Daniel Costanza '11
2-Joseph Kiernan '11
1-Faust Petkovich '12
c-Michelle McRae '12
8-Noah Schoenholtz '12
7-Nathaniel Lim '11
6-Leland Brewster '11
5-Westcott Gail '12
4-Zachary Tarlow '13
3-Nathan Barker '12
2-Julian Fernandez '13
1-Daniel Kenefick '11