Princeton, NJ—The Williams men's varsity crew capped their fall racing season this Sunday at Lake Carnegie with the annual Princeton Chase. The Chase, hosted by Princeton University, features many ivy league and other strong Division I programs. It is a great opportunity for the Ephs to test themselves against strong opponents.
The Chase is a three mile long head race, similar to the Ephs' last race, the Head of the Charles. After an early morning practice row of the course, the men's 1V started the race as bow number twelve. The Ephs pushed hard right off the starting line, looking to hunt down the crews that had started ahead of them. The crew swung together smoothly as the boat glided across the surface of Lake Carnegie. Entering the home stretch of the course, the Ephs found extra energy and were able to power through the finish line with a time of 13:32. They finished directly behind Syracuse and directly ahead of Wisconsin. The race was won by Princeton in a time of 12:37.
Coxswain Devin Flynn '18 had this to say about his boat's performance: "We executed our race plan and are happy with the results. We addressed the technical changes that we knew we needed to work on and rowed with professionalism."
The men also sent a four to Princeton, to compete in the highly competitive varsity 4+ race. The Ephs started quick and together, taking a blistering pace off the line and through the first section of the course. This continued a theme of Eph boats this fall of focusing on going out and rowing hard right off the start to set the tone for the rest of the race. The crew carried themselves with great poise through the middle section of the course, every stroke bringing them closer to the crews ahead and the finish line. When the coxswain gave the call for the final sprint, the Ephs unleashed a furious kick that carried them through the line. They finished 29th in a time of 17:11 directly behind and ahead of the the Holy Cross A & B boats respectively. The race was won by Princeton in a time of 14:25.
Coxswain Jamie Sullivan '18 was quite proud of how his boat handled the race. He remarked that, "the guys did a great job maintaining their posture and composure in a field with some of the best rowers in the country. I saw some of the best individual improvement today from guys."
With the fall season behind them, the Ephs now turn their attention to winter training, where they will build upon their aerobic base developed over the fall and summer and prepare for the shorter and faster 2000 meter races of the spring.