HADLEY, Mass. -- The 10-member 2013 First and Second All-NESCAC Men's Rowing teams feature six juniors from Williams College. The teams are comprised of individuals from the eight league teams based on each team's finish at the NESCAC championships, which are held in conjunction with the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championship.
At the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championship the Ephs claimed their fifth straight NESCAC title and sixth overall.
The Williams men's rowing squad placed four individuals on the All-NESCAC First Team, with juniors Julian Fernandez (Emerson, N.J.), Parker Finch (Concord, N.H.), coxswain W. Andrew Marsh (Durham, N.C.), and Erick Quay (Seattle, Wash.) all receiving recognition. Named to the Second Team were juniors Peter Ellis (San Diego, CA) and Nicholas Evert (New York, NY).
The Eph sextet represents the youngest NESCAC Championship team the Ephs have fielded and maybe the youngest in the hundred plus year history of the program,
"I chose the entire Junior class to honor this year given it is hard to give awards in rowing - it goes against the very essence of the sport," said Eph head coach Peter Wells.
"The junior class arrived this year and I will admit did not appear to be good leaders in many ways," added Wells. "I mentioned to them at one point it was as if they were waiting to receive the program at the end of the year when the seniors graduated rather than begin to do the things one needs to do now to be ready for leadership."
Wells comment was received and processed by the juniors. "Things changed after that comment," said Wells. They as a group demonstrated the type of energy, enthusiasm, maturity and leadership I would expect from juniors in the 1V or the 2V. Helping to provide both example on the ground and in the boat. I was very pleased with their collective growth as a class and how much they provided each other - their teammates and the program in the final stages of the season."
"All were in the 2V, save Erick Quay, the only holdover from the 2012 Varsity and the stroke each year," Wells pointed out. Again, regardless of boats they were in - they combined nicely together to help the entire program make the steps we needed."