This Sunday saw a historic showing for the Williams crew program at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.
After week and a half of rough weather on Onota Lake, making consistent productive practice impossible, the team had felt especially nervous about the race. Boat line-ups we only finalized the days before the team left for Boston, adding to this sense. But once in Boston on Friday the team was lucky to find good weather and was able to get in two days of solid practice on the Charles River before the race. "We have probably rowed more meters in the last two days than the last week – and that's a good thing" said head coach Peter Wells before the races on Sunday.
Both the men's and woman's boats stayed with alumni host families around the Boston area for the long weekend. Many rowers were lucky enough to see their families during this weekend, and the extended family of the Williams crew team all gathered for dinner in Concord Saturday night before the race. This dinner is a tradition, embodying the family spirit and heart that is characteristic of William's crew.
It is this 'heart' that, in coach Well's opinion, is responsible for the success of the Williams crews this weekend. The first varsity boat got first in the Collegiate eights event, winning by a margin of eleven seconds. The crew was comprised of Michelle McRae '12, Alex Treco '12, Faust Petkovich '12, Erick Quay '14, Theo Patsalos-Fox '12, John Gorman '13, Wes Gail '12, Noah Schoenholtz '12, and Alex Nanda '15.
The Ephs finished in 15:09.68 with the Unviersity of Virginia second (15:20.12) and Georgia Tech third (15:30.02).
The second varsity boat got sixteenth in the Men's Collegiate eights event. This place was still in the top half of the forty entries. Placing in the top half guarantees the Williams 2V an automatic entry in the regatta next year.
This year Williams was the only college to get two boats in the top half and is now the only school in the event with two automatic entries. As well as the obvious victory of winning the event the program was truly successful in all regards this weekend.
With the Williams men taking gold in their race it marked the second time in four years that both Eph boats brought home gold medals in the same year. Williams is the only Division III school to have both the men's and women's crews win gold in the same year twcie (2008 & 2011).
|DOUBLE GOLD ! -- Eph Men & Women Win 2011 Collegiate 8 Races:
Ephs also won both golds in 2008