PITTSFIELD, MA -- The Ephs hosted a home race again this weekend, inviting Ithaca and Coast Guard to race this morning and Bucknell to race in the afternoon. The Williams crews woke up to a cold and sunny morning on Onota Lake. There was a lite wind on the lake, relatively normal practice conditions to the Ephs.
The Williams 1v raced first this morning in lane 5, lining up against Coast Guard in lane 3, and Ithaca in lane 1. "The boat struggled with a sluggish start and a stiff crosswind," said Erick Quay 2014, "yet we stayed calm and rowed well." The Ephs were 4 seats down to Ithaca after their start but consistently walked up on the Ithaca boat. "With about 500 meters to go we started to stride out together and finally broke through," said coxswain Michelle McRae 2012. The boat really seemed to click later in the day during the afternoon races against Bucknell. The first varsity boat found more speed as they moved through the Bucknell boat during their fifteen hundred meeter pieces, really leaving the 1V guys encouraged about the upcoming weeks.
The Williams 1F raced against Coast Guard in the morning and against Bucknell in the afternoon. The freshmen were clearly dominant against both crews, showing characteristically strong starts and sprints.
The Williams 2V faced both Ithaca and Coast Guard in the morning. The Ephs moved with Ithaca throughout the race, both crews staying together and leaving Coast Guard behind. Williams was ahead for most of the race, winning by about a boat length.
The Williams 2F raced the Ithaca 3V and did not fare as well. The Eph crew is making progress, but did not manage to keep up with the Ithaca boat.
This was the last week of the regular season racing for the Williams crew. Next weekend the Ephs will head to Worcester, Mass., for New England's.