Saratoga Springs, NY—The William's Men's Crew team participated in the Head of the Fish this past Saturday to close out the season. Racing three 8's in two events, the Williams entries, comprised mostly of first-years, many of whom were walk-ons competing in their first ever regatta, displayed the fitness and technique they had been developing over the past two months of training.
The first race of the day for the Ephs was the Men's Novice 8. Racing as the Williams "A" entry, the boat finished 5th in the event with a time of 12:08. Competing in this boat were coxswain Alison Robey '20, Jarrett Heflin '20, Adam Bocker '20, Konnor Herbst '20, Charles Ide '20, Michael Nettesheim '20, Rufus Shamberger '20, Jack Ellrodt '20, and Matthew Bock '20.
Racing as the Williams "B" entry was the boat comprised of coxswain Nina Min '19, Adam Zoen '19, Mark Hay '19, Blake Bullwinkel '20, Noah Cowit '20, Geoffrey Lu '20, Kelvin Tejeda '20, Kenneth An '20, and Jonathan Carrasco-Noriega '20. "
Later in the day, the Williams men raced in the Collegiate First Varsity Eight event. They put forth an entry full of experienced first-year rowers, sophomore and senior varsity rowers, as well as first-year walk-ons. They rowed a time of 11:22, good for a 15th place finish. Said Adam Zoen after the race, "There are many positives we can take away from our performance today—the fact that a composite lineup was able to beat 6 varsity boats is a testament to the depth and tenacity of our program. Provided we put in work over the winter, I think this bodes well for all four of our boats in the spring season."
First-year and assistant coach Nate Clark had this to say about the team's performance: "The men's squad enjoyed using the race as primarily as an opportunity to develop, deemphasizing the competitive nature of racing. With no goal beyond having the cleanest row possible and enjoying racing, the men's frosh 8 was happy to take fifth place out of all frosh crews, the second frosh 8 placing fourth among second frosh crews, and what was essentially a 3v lineup placing 11th out of first varsity crews."
The Ephs next head into a long session of training for the spring season. They will spend the next several months on the erg and in the weight room to build up fitness for the sprint-length 2ks await them in April, May and beyond. The team will take to the water next time over spring break in Myrtle Beach, SC.