BOSTON, MA - At the 51st Head of the Charles River, the Williams men's crew first varsity boat placed 3rd overall in the collegiate eight category, just six seconds behind 1st place Hobart College from Geneva, New York. The 1v edged out both MIT and University of Virginia by less than a second, the two crews placing 4th and 5th respectively.
It was a tenacious race; the Williams athletes fought hard against a gusting head wind, particularly through the first third of the race from the BU Bridge to Riverside Boat Club. Through the middle of the race, the athlete's carried themselves with poise with the pinch of exhaustion beginning to find its way into the their muscles. As the crew dug into the well, they managed to stay composed throughout the entirety of the 4.8km race. The 1v finished with a push in the last 800 meters, despite the crew's fatigue. Coxswain Devin Flynn steered a tremendous course, giving his athletes the opportunity to maximize their physiological performance through a well-executed technical performance.
The second varsity crew placed 32nd, three seconds behind Colgate University and two seconds ahead of Georgia Tech, and, like the 1v, only a few seconds behind Hobart College.
Their rhythm disrupted by an increasingly chaotic wind, the 2v pressed out through BU Bridge, managing to find rhythm in the textured water which only added to the disorder of the conditions. Coming up through the 'powerhouse stretch', the straightest section of the Head of the Charles course, on which many crews try to maximize their speed, the 2v found more speed shooting out from under the Western Avenue Bridge. 2v coxswain Jamie Sullivan, too, nailed his course – navigating the Weeks Bridge turn exactly as he had planned to. Out of Eliot Bridge, the crew emptied the tank into the last 800 meters, driving the race home.
Both crews are excited about the results and are excited about seeing to how great a speed the momentum of the weekend will bring them. Coach Colin Regan is, too: "the result was a nice step forward. We know what we have to work on heading in to the Chase and I know these guys are hungry to keep going."