Men's Crew Spring Season Outlook

1 V at 2012 Head of the Charles
1 V at 2012 Head of the Charles

Following a long winter training season, the Ephs look to face opponents on the
water.

The men's crew packed up the boathouse the first week of November and have
been putting in meters indoors on the erg ever since. After four and half months of
conditioning and grueling workouts, the indoor season concluded with the annual
2x2k workout on the erg—the two-kilometer distance being an imitation of the
distance raced on the water.

A week of exams later, the Ephs started the journey
south, via vans and busses, in search of warmer weather and thawed bodies of
water. The final destination was Briarcliffe RV Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC where the
Ephs can enjoy unlimited water up and down the dirty, but reliable, Intracostal
Waterway.

This year's team is a stark contrast to that of last year's undefeated crew (Gold
medalists at the Head of the Charles, New England's, and ECAC's). With only two
seniors, Zach Tarlow and Nate Barker, the Ephs will have to rely on younger rowers
to fill the top varsity boats. Bolstered by the return of two crew members from
abroad, rower Nick Evert and coxswain Andrew Marsh, the junior class stands six
tall including last year's varsity stroke Erick Quay, and second varsity oarsmen Peter
Ellis, Parker Finch, and Julian Fernandez. Last year's enormous freshman class
stayed largely intact, which means the sophomore class, at 14 members, makes up
more than half of the varsity squad.

The coaching staff highlights enthusiasm, dedication, and an appetite for
competition as strengths of this young crew, which lacks the technical skill and
boat experience that the large group of seniors had last year. The time on the water
in South Carolina is the first of the year for the Ephs, which is even more important
for a crew with some guys that have less than six months total of on-the-water
experience. "We believe we have built a solid physical resume with offseason
training, so our focus now is on figuring the most efficient way to translate that
into speed on the water," notes captain Zach Tarlow.

The Ephs will race with two varsity eights, a freshman eight, and a possible varsity
four. Last weekend the men's team from the University of North Carolina
visited the Ephs for two days of practicing and competitive piecework. This offered
the crew an opportunity to measure its improvement against a strong team in UNC.

The Ephs will leave Myrtle Beach Thursday to head to Philadelphia, PA ahead of the
Murphy Cup, which will take place on Saturday, March 30th. At the Murphy Cup the
Ephs go up against two schools that placed above them in the fall at the Head of
the Charles, UVA and Drexel, in addition to other top crews.