Shrewsbury, MA--Cold weather and calm conditions greeted Williams at Lake Quinsigamond where they went up against MIT, WPI and Franklin & Marshall. A very slight tailwind and flat water provided an even playing field for all crews. The men raced in 1V, 2V, and 3V boats.
First out for the Ephs was the first varsity boat. Racing the same line-up as last week, the boat put together a very solid and consistent piece to take first place over MIT, WPI, then F&M. Down by nearly a half length after an uncharacteristically rough start, the boat slowly chipped away at MIT through the body of the piece. Williams surged ahead in the third 500m and eventually pulled away to open water with a decisive sprint. The Ephs finished in a time of 6:05.2, 4.4 seconds ahead of MIT, 12.6 seconds over WPI, and 37.1 seconds over Franklin & Marshall.
"It was great to put together a complete piece," noted captain Zach Tarlow. "We have been struggling so far this season to take our successes in the first 1000m and carry it through the second 1000m. It was nice to get a solid win under our belts to give our young group of guys some confidence. For many it was their first varsity level victory."
Second out for the Ephs was the second varsity boat, put together from last week's 2V and freshman boat. The boat had an impressive piece to beat MIT by 4.8 seconds and WPI by 10.4 seconds. This boat had a similar race to the 1V in that they started down to MIT, but pulled even and sprinted away in the final 500m. Williams's final time was 6:17.3.
"Today's race was really great in that it felt much more solid than any piece we have done to date," commented bowman Marshall Akita. "We were together and we executed our moves well, which ultimately resulted in a positive outcome."
The final boat out for the Ephs was the third varsity boat, which had three rowers hot seated out of the 2V. This boat was essentially the Williams frosh boat with one varsity rower included. Facing off head to head with WPI, this boat finished in a time of 6:40.4, nearly eight seconds ahead of their competitor.
After a strong Saturday of racing the Ephs will head back to practice in anticipation of this weekend's Little Three contest against Wesleyan. Amherst does not participate after choosing to cancel their attendance a few years ago. This race will take place in Middletown, CT on Saturday April 20th.