Men's Crew Sweeps Wesleyan

Men's Crew Sweeps Wesleyan
WORCESTER, MA -- The Williams College men's crew team took to the newly unfrozen and buoyed course at Lake Quinsigamond to race against Wesleyan in nearly perfect conditions, a first in terms of the weather this season. The historic Little Three Regatta has been a Williams-Wesleyan duel since 2008 when Amherst dropped out because of funding.

The first varsity boat took the water tpo open the competition against the Cardinals. The Ephs got off to a blazing start taking nearly five seats in the first 500 meters. They continued to push the margin out through the middle thousand to break open water. The Cardinals fought back for a couple seats before the finish line. The final margin was 4.4 seconds with the Ephs finishing in a time of 6:07.3.

The second varsity and first freshman boats again raced in the same heat against Wesleyan's second and third varsity boat.

The 2V got off to a slower start than the Cardinals who were hot out of the gates, but slowly worked their way back on them. The Cardinals gained nearly six seats in the first thousand, but they Ephs never backed down and were able to inch their bow ahead in the last 250 meters. The Ephs crossed the finish line a couple seats ahead of Wesleyan's bow. The final margin was 0.9 seconds with the Ephs crossing in a time of 6:14.4.

The 1F had a strong race of their own. Behind off the start as well, the freshmen started making moves earlier and were eating up ground on the Cardinals before the 500-meter mark. The boat continued to push further and further away from Wesleyan to cross the finish line with more than a boat and a half of open water. The final margin was 8.0 seconds with the Ephs crossing in a time of 6:30.68.

The third varsity boat raced in a packed race with WPI, Trinity, Ithaca, and Washington College. The Ephs rowed a strong race for a 4th place finish. WPI took the race in a time of 6:37.7, Ithaca in 6:42.9, Trinity in 6:44.2, and Williams close behind in 6:46.9. Washington College finished in 7:09.8.

"We went out and did what we said we wanted to do, which was win all three races," noted head coach Peter Wells. "However, we certainly need to find a way to gain more speed this week as we will face very stiff competition this coming weekend."

The Ephs won the Saratoga Oar (the 1V trophy) for the 8th year in a row, which is a record for any school in the history of the trophy that dates back to 1969. 

The rest of Williams's races will be at Lake Quinsigamond with next week finding the Ephs lining up against Bucknell, Hobart, and Holy Cross. The Ephs will then enter championship-racing season with the New Englands the following weekend and the final regatta, ECACs, the next weekend.