WORCESTER, MA--The Ephs returned to Lake Quinsigamond this Saturday to race against Bates and Holy Cross. All competitors battled a moderate 10 mph headwind gusting up the course throughout racing. This race was the last of the Ephs dual racing season before they begin their championship races next Saturday.
Racing for the day opened up with the second varsity boat, racing between Holy Cross and Bates. The Ephs struggled off the start and fell behind the strong rowing of the Bates and Holy Cross crews. Through the middle the Ephs managed to pull their rowing together for strong stretches at times, but struggled to row consistently. Holy Cross and Bates continued to pull away battling each other down the course. The Ephs showed mental fortitude and pushed hard through the whole course, finishing with a strong final section. Holy Cross won in a time of 6:29 followed by Bates in 6:31 and then Williams in 7:00.
Next up for the day was the Ephs 1V, squaring off with reigning New England champions Bates and Holy Cross. The Ephs fell behind off the start, but held Bates and Holy Cross and Bates through the second 500m. Both competitors made a strong move through the 1000m mark pulling away from Williams and battling each other in a tight race down the course. Holy Cross won the race in 6:16 followed by Bates in 6:17, and Williams in 6:29.
The third varsity race followed, with the Eph frosh lining up against the Bates 3V. Like their predecessors, the Ephs suffered from a poor start, going down a length almost immediately off the start. After their poor start, the frosh maintained even speed with the Bates 3V maintaining a steady gap through most the race. In the second half of the race the Ephs briefly closed the gap by several seats, before losing seats on the closing sprint, finishing about 6 seats behind Bates. Bates finished in 6:48 followed by Williams in 6:52. Four seat Konor Herbst felt that "today we were really able to show our true colors because while we started rough we were able to come together as a crew and through that we learned a lot about ourselves and how we can move forward together as a crew from this point onward."
Closing out the day's action was the Ephs novice four, racing against Bates varsity four. The young Ephs in the four used the race as another opportunity to learn and grow together. The Ephs made great strides together and continue to get better in preparation for the end of the season championship regattas. Bates won the race in 7:49 followed by Williams in 8:17.
The Ephs begin their post season next Saturday back at Quinsigamond next Saturday with the New England Rowing Championships.