WILLIAMSTOWN, MA- The Ephs men's crew is beginning their spring season and is ready to get back on the race course. After four and a half months of indoor conditioning cumulating in the annual 'Mad Cows' 2x2k workout, the Ephs got back on the water in South Carolina to put their fitness to the test. Every year the Ephs travel to Myrtle Beach South Carolina during spring break to train and prepare for the season ahead.
The men's and women's teams stayed at Briarcliffe RV resort as they have traditionally done in years past. There, the crew enjoys easy access to the Intercoastal Waterway, which stretches hundreds of miles north and south, offering the Ephs virtually endless rowing. In South Carolina the Ephs paid special attention to honing their technique to maximize efficiency and boat speed. The Ephs enjoyed getting back on the water and made great strides in their technique technique and coming together in boats as unified crews.
This year, the Ephs are led by a strong core of seniors who are seeking to close out their collegiate careers with a strong season. The senior class features captains Andrew Rondeau, Michael Polson, and Graham Buchan. The captains are joined by fellow seniors Charlie Sheils, Erik Kessler, Aaron Finder, Noah Krawitz, and Alex Ruberto. This is an especially strong senior class having, captured a freshman ECAC title together three years ago. Members of the senior class also played prominent roles in winning NESCAC championships in 2014 and 2016.
This season the Ephs feature a lot of talent and experience at the top of their roster in the first varsity boat. The Ephs hope this talent and experience will drive them to an ECAC title and berth at the prestigious IRA regatta.
Guiding the Ephs this spring will be associate head coaches Nate Clark and Edward Slater. Nate Clark began the year as the assistant coach but rose up to associate head coach following head coach Peter Wells' decision to take the spring season off. Clark will be joined by newcomer Edward Slater, coming to the Ephs after coaching at Trinity.
Coach Clark had this to say about the team's efforts in South Carolina and outlook for the season, "Spring break in Myrtle Beach was as productive as we could have hoped with weather that held up and tides that were generally cooperative. Despite a couple of minor injuries, it seems like the varsity 8+ is in a solid stride with room to improve over the course of the season. The youth of the team, which will make up all of the freshman boats and most of the 2V, will have success if we can continue making positive technical changes together and learning to truly trust and rely on one another. We look forward to our league championship and competing for the IRA qualifying spot at the NIRC Regatta on May 12."
After an exciting first race together at Head of the Fish in the fall, the Eph frosh are rearing to go for their first full season of sprint racing together. The Eph frosh represent the largest class on the team, and over the winter they rose up to the challenges put forth to them by the upperclassmen and the coaches. Come the first race, the freshmen boats are confident in their ability to row fast and together as a crew.
The Ephs open their racing season April 15th against perennial rivals MIT and WPI at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester Massachusetts.