DANBURY, Conn. – Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Commissioner Dr. Kevin T. McGinniss has announced Williams College and Northeastern University as the winners of the 2013-14 ECAC Rowing Trophies. Both institutions will be honored at the 2014 ECAC Honors Dinner on September 28th at the Sea Crest Hotel in North Falmouth, Mass.
The ECAC Rowing Trophy is given annually to the ECAC College or University men's and women's rowing programs that best demonstrate the core values of the ECAC, (tradition, diversity and service), along with success at the premier Eastern Regattas.
The regattas are the Division I Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (Men's Sprints) and Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (Women's Sprints) and the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championship (NIRC).
The trophy is awarded based on a points average for the finish of the varsity eight, second varsity eight, and novice/third varsity eight (best finish) entrees in the Men's Sprints Heavyweight and NIRC Men's races. Points in the Women's Sprints Heavyweight races are compiled based on results from the varsity, second varsity and varsity four results. Points in the NIRC Women's races are compiled based on results from the varsity, second varsity and novice eight events.
Williams College collects its third ECAC Rowing Trophy in the last four years after placing second in both the men's and women's National Invitational Rowing Championship (NIRC) at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. Just four points separated the women's team from first-place Trinity, while the men's team finished behind only Michigan. The Ephs took home gold in the men's third varsity eight, while the women claimed second place in the varsity eight. Williams also landed two rowers on the All-ECAC NIRC team.
"We're very happy to have been awarded the ECAC Rowing Trophy this year as it demonstrates the depth of the overall program and how the women and men work together and focus on the overall regatta outcome rather than separate results," said Eph men's crew coach Peter Wells.
Northeastern collects its first-ever ECAC Rowing Trophy following a strong showing at the Men's and Women's Sprints. The Huskies captured two medals and advanced three crews to the grand finals. The men's team won gold with its second varsity eight, while the women's second eight captured second place.
"We are both honored and humbled to receive this award from the ECAC," said Northeastern women's rowing head coach Joe Wilhelm. "The quality of rowing at the Eastern Sprints is certainly among the best in the country. I think this achievement reflects the commitment that Northeastern has toward rowing, the support of our alumni, and the hard work of our student-athletes."
Northeastern becomes only the sixth program to capture the ECAC Rowing Trophy, joining Brown, Trinity, Williams, Harvard, and Princeton. In securing its third overall ECAC Rowing Trophy, Williams is now tied with Trinity for second most all-time, surpassed only by Brown with four titles.
About the ECAC
In the 75 years since its inception, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has emerged as the nation's largest Conference. The ECAC has grown considerably from its charter membership of 58, currently boasting over 300 member schools in Divisions I, II and III, ranging in location from Maine to South Carolina, and westerly to Missouri. In the 2014-15 academic year, the ECAC will host nearly 100 championships in 37 men's and women's sports as the sponsors of over 5,800 varsity teams and 111,000 male and female athletes. For more information, visit www.ecacsports.com.