HADLEY, MA – Three members of Peter Wells' men's crew team earned All-NESCAC First Team honors and two were named to the Second Team .
The Ephs finished fifth at the New England Championships and fourth at the ECAC Invitational and captured the Little Tree this season.
"Senior co-captain Peter Awad, along with fellow captain and Sportsmanship nominee, Sam Chapin, have done an exemplary job as our captains this year leading and working with such a large and eclectic group of first years to seniors," said head coach Peter Wells. "Peter has given so much of himself in a way I have not witnessed earlier to the team and to his teammates. In a final dinner where each stood to speak - Peter captured as eloquently the essence of what it means to row with and on Williams Crew: to be a constant steward for the program and for one another while you are here - to make the program better by giving freely of yourself to the program, the team and to one another."
"Graham Buchan is one of the quieter guys on the team but so diligent in his work ethic and his consistency in both classroom and athletic arena," noted Wells. "He is the type of teammate whom you trust due to his work ethic and quiet presence. Graham moved from the bow seat the day before New Englands to the stroke position when the varsity stroke had a debilitating muscle tear in his ribs. Graham took the position and did all he could not just that weekend for the first time but then the next week at the ECACs and gave all he had to improve the crew from his position. I cannot express how proud I am to watch this young man do what he did for his teammates and for his boat."
"Alex Ruberto was a walk on last year and has a heart of gold and an emotional intelligence that puts him in a place of his own," Wells commented. "Alex's reaction to the very difficult fifth place finish at New Englands the week before the ECACs resulted in not only him getting himself to a higher place through the ECAC week, but to being the primary source to really energizing and electrifying his teammates to row not for Williams Crew but for one another. His voice and his emotion and energy helped the guys on the team see how they needed to come together for one another which they were able to do for ECACs."
"First year Katie Dix had to take on becoming the second varsity coxswain the week of Little 3s when the current coxswain believed in her heart that coxing and rowing was not the right thing for her to be doing," stated Wells. "With little experience Katie worked tirelessly each session -- sought out advice from her older male teammates as to what she could do to become better and put up with my own constant direction in the hopes of moving her to a higher level in little time. Her courage and stick-to-it-ness was impressive and she shone brightly helping the 2V win New Englands by coming from behind on the entire field and besting WPI in the final few strokes. I look forward to her continued improvement and addition to the team given her passion for rowing and racing and her desire to take criticism in stride to become better."
"Sophomore Erik Kessler walked on the team as well and rowed just about any and every seat on the starboard side of the 2V boat primarily this spring," Wells said. "he also was strongly considered for the 1V given his attitude and presence. He is the type of person every team and every coach should have the privilege and honor to work with. A young man of few words - if any - Erik works as hard as anyone -- always has the best interest of the team and his teammates first in his mind and in his heart and will do whatever you ask him to do with a nod. Never once have I, nor I suspect will I ever, question Erik's doggedness and determination. I trust him to do all he can with what he has no matter what and only wish more on the team followed and exuded the same model and methods he does. He is a pleasure and I again really look forward to the days ahead with him and what I suspect he will continue to do for any boat he rows with."