PRINCETON, NJ – Early this morning, the Williams first varsity crew arrived on site in Princeton for the Princeton 3-Mile Chase. The race is similar in length to the crew's last regatta, the Head of the Charles, but quite different in course. The Princeton Chase begins with a 2000m-long straightaway, goes into a turn, then straightens back out, finishing right in front of the Princeton University boathouse. The crew began the race at bow number 14.
Among the regattas at which the Williams men will race, this one presents a different challenge to the Williams rowers: many Division I schools show up at the site to compete. Among them are: Princeton University, Boston University, Yale University, and the University of California at Berkeley. Some ex-ECAC programs such as George Washington University and Georgetown University also make appearances, so the Williams men were not without serious competition.
The Eph athletes fought hard off the start, settling into a sustainable rhythm for the longest straight stretch of the race, trying to maximize their speed for the most significant part of the race. Around the turn, the crew focused on maintaining their rhythm – around turns is when it is most difficult to go fast, so the priority was on keeping a steady, powerful cadence. As the turn straightened out into the last stretch, the crew began building speed and pressure into the last 800m of the race through the finish. The Williams 1v placed 26th, less than a second behind the Syracuse 2v and less than a second ahead of the University of Pennsylvania 2v.
Junior Graham Buchan remarked: "we were excited to be the only school representing both the NESCAC and the ECAC. It was a great opportunity for us to prove ourselves competing with Division I schools, many of which have athletes who have competed internationally." Sophomore Sam Ellison agreesd, commenting that "it was an excellent chance for a young crew to grow. We got to compete with some of the fastest crews in the nation."
Without a doubt a solid way to wrap up the fall season, the athletes look forward to developing their fitness and top-end speed for and exciting and competitive spring. Coach Colin Regan comments that "today was a starting point for us going into the Spring as was the result of the 2V yesterday in Saratoga. We know where we stand and know what we need to do to be better. This group is very ambitious and willing to work hard. One thing is for sure, we're not going to stop climbing until we get to the top. In fact, we look forward to the steepest parts.
"Thank you to all of our Parents, Alumni, and Support Staff for seeing us through the fall. We are grateful for all you do to help us go fast."