Crew Takes Silver at Head of the Snake

Photo by Harrison Toll '22
Photo by Harrison Toll '22


1V: c-Piper Higgins 8-Nick Beischer 7-Daniel Queen 6-Drew West 5-Cameron Edgar 4-Ian Pultz-Earle 3-Phillip Chalmers 2-Peter Hollander 1-Peter Fousek
2V: c-Alison Robey 8-Sam Armstrong 7-Adam Bocker 6-Riley Will 5-Jack Ellrodt 4-John Lautenbach 3-Alexander Paolozzi 2-Adam Zoen 1-Matthew Schleifman
3V: c-Katie Friedman 8-Osamah Qatanani 7-Stephen Zhu 6-Charlie Ide 5-Will Foote 4-Oscar Tubke-Davidson 3-Mark Hay 2-Asher Lasday 1-Justin Gross

Worcester, MA -- Williams Crew traveled to Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester to open up fall racing against a sizeable field of New England crews at the Head of the Snake. Williams brought three eights to the event, exemplifying their depth this fall.

This is Williams' first year competing in the Head of the Snake, a primer for next weekend's Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. Hosted at Williams main spring racing venue, it was a novelty for the crews to get the chance to see the other end of the lake and row the course in reverse direction.

Cold fall rain drizzled down on Worcester throughout the morning, chilly for spectators but beneficial to rowing conditions as it calmed the surface of the lake.

Up first the Ephs 'A' boat started at the back of the 1V pack, as Williams was not seeded because this is their first year at Head of the Snake. The crew set a strong tone even before officially getting onto the course, passing Johnson and Wales during their build into the starting line. This momentum set the Ephs in their rhythm, and gave them the confidence to attack the crews further ahead.

Before the midpoint of the race Williams reeled in NESCAC rival Middlebury with a strong move. Coming through the bridge at the end of the 2k course, the Ephs found new energy and launched a ferocious drive to the finish. Williams drove through UNH on the 2k course and finished strong in a time of 13:36, good for silver behind hometown Holy Cross.

Coxswain Piper Higgins '21 was pleased with her crew's composure and aggression during the race: "The race went well. Our plan was to stay composed and aggressive and we did just that. We are pleased with the result but hungry to race at the Charles next weekend."

The 2V followed the strong example set down by the 1V to turn in a solid piece, laying a strong foundation for the weeks and months ahead. Rowing with similar aggression off the start, Williams was able to pass UMass Lowell 'B' in the top half of the lake, before slipping past Johnson and Wales on the 2k course. Williams finished in a time of 14:07, good for 9th overall and 4th among 2V crews.

Coxswain Alison Robey '20 called the race, "A promising start to the season."

Closing out the day, many rowers made their fall varsity debut in the 3V. The young crew had one of their most composed and unified pieces of the fall, capping off a solid week of practice. The crew maintained a consistent smooth rhythm through the race, and was able to walk away from Colby 'C' and up on Trinity 'C' over the race course. Williams finished in a time of 15:10, good for 17th overall and 3rd among 3V crews.

Williams will be back in action next week in Boston for the 54th annual Head of the Charles Regatta.