Williams Men Capture New England Rowing Championship

Williams Men Capture New England Rowing Championship

WORCESTER, MA—The Williams Varsity men's crew team has defended their New England's Champions title and emerged as champions for the third consecutive year.  Both the Ephs first and second varsity boats claimed gold, while the freshman eight came in third in their event.

All Williams crews advanced easily out of their morning heats, with the first and second varsity eights winning their respective morning races.  The first varsity boat held complete command over their heat, allowing them to retain their top seed going into the afternoon final.  The second varsity boat had a similar race, and also held on to their number one ranking.  The freshman Ephs took second in their heat, marginally behind the Trinity College crew, but well ahead of the rest of the field.

The stage was set for the afternoon grand finals, and the Ephs attention was focused on the first varsity eight race.  Williams found themselves down early, but began walking up on their competition when they settled into their base rhythm.  By 600 meters in, the Ephs were well over half a boat length ahead of second place Trinity.  Williams would remain in front for the remainder of the race, steadily widening their gap over the rest of the field with each stroke.  They would cross the line in a time of 5:50.3—nearly 6 seconds ahead of Trinity, and over eleven seconds over third place Bates College.

Williams has now received the Callow Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Men's first varsity eight race, for the third straight year.  "When I got here my freshman year, Williams hadn't won New England's in a while," remarked senior rower Kenneth Sluis '11.  "It's been nice to see the Callow Trophy here for the past few years."

The men's second varsity eight also raced to a first place finish.  Williams struggled off the start and was down on the field after the opening strokes.  The Ephs, however, shortly gained control of the race, and managed to get their bow ball in the lead well before the 500-meter mark.  By the half waypoint, Williams had gained open water on their competition.  The Ephs were not to be denied from there, and finished the race in 6:00.8. 

In what was perhaps the most exciting race on the day, the Williams freshman crew was narrowly defeated by Boston College and Trinity.  The Ephs third place finish was only four seconds behind first place Boston College.  All three crews were in contact with one another the entire way down the racecourse.

The Ephs return to Lake Quinsigamond next Sunday to race in the ECAC National Invitation Regatta.  The Ephs will be rejoined by many crews they raced this weekend, but will also compete against Bucknell University, Marist College, Michigan University and others. 

 

Full Results

 

Lineups

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

 

2V

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