SARATOGA, NY -- The Head of the Fish Regatta is the last race for the Williams crew fall season. This regatta is characterized by more festive atmosphere. Falling on the weekend of Halloween, many crews choose to dress in Halloween costumes for the races. The Williams' men skip the costumes but do see the regatta a much more relaxed racing experience than the Head of the Charles. "We all need to take it easy after the Charles," said head coach Peter Wells "so the Fish is a great opportunity to just see what we can do without stressing out about it."
And even without the stress, the hard work that the Ephs have put in this fall was apparent as the varsity men won every race they entered – taking gold and silver in races where two Williams boats were entered. Specifically first in the varsity eight event, first in the second varsity eight event, first and second in the open four event, and first in the light weight four.
"This just feels fantastic," says Wes Gail '12 about the end of the season, mirroring sentiments felt by the rest of the team about the fall season as whole.
Even more exciting was the performance of the freshmen men this Saturday. The freshmen do not race at the Head of Charles, so the Head of the Fish is there opportunity to experience what racing is like and to test and prove themselves against other teams. They proved themselves this weekend, as the first freshmen from Williams to win the frosh eight event in twenty-one years. The second freshmen eight finished eight of twenty-six.
In the novice four category the Williams freshmen took first and third. "The fact that we have so many great, hard working guys in this freshmen class is a constant source of excitement to the team and gives us a lot of hope for future success," says one of the sophomore members of the team who has asked that his name not be mentioned.
While many members of the team are sad to see the season end, most express a desire to focus on schoolwork – hoping to achieve the team motto of 'Champions on the water and champions off the water.'