Men's Crew Brings Home Medals at Head of the Fish

Men's Crew Brings Home Medals at Head of the Fish

Novice 8+: c-Margo Berman 8-Ethan Kendall 7-Will Foote 6-Oscar Tubke-Davidson 5-Bernal Cortés 4-Sam Holmes 3-Nick Iskenderion 2-Joe Gentry 1-Vikram Ramaswamy

4+ A: c-Alison Robey 4-Daniel Queen 3-Drew West 2-Phillip Chalmers 1-Nick Beischer
4+ B: c-Piper Higgins 4-Peter Fousek 3-Cameron Edgar 2-Ian Pultz-Earle 1-Peter Hollander
4+ C: c-Nina Min 4-Michael Nettesheim 3-Jack Ellrodt 2-Charles Ide 1-Adam Bocker
4+ D: c-Eshaan Patel 4-Riley Will 3-Isaac Wilkins 2-John Lautenbach 1-Stephen Zhu

Saratoga Springs, NY -- Williams Crew traveled to Fish Creek in Saratoga Springs, New York to close out their season. The weather was frigid with heavy rain and wind that continuously picked up throughout the morning. Because of these conditions, afternoon racing was canceled and only the Williams fours and novice eight were able to row.

The Williams novices experienced their first racing action in what is hoped will be a successful 4 year-career at the college for them. Williams entered a true novice boat consisting entirely of athletes who learned to row at Williams. Recruited freshman all rowed in the collegiate fours event and were thus unavailable for the novice eight.

In the race, the novices demonstrated all that they had learned underassistant coaches Graham Marks and Ben Bradshaw during the fall, including great mental toughness under trying conditions. The young Ephs showed great confidence in their first time down a race course, building into a strong rhythm as they blasted under the bridge at the starting line. Although struggling with inconsistency at times, the purple calves always managed to regain their rhythm and power ahead. Williams ultimately finished 7th out of 25 entries with a time of 11:18.

Novice coxswain Margo Berman was proud of how her crew handled itself, and felt that "we went fast". Five seat Bernal Cortés shared the sentiment, noting that the crew's rhythm and placement felt "silky".

The collegiate fours event featured four entries from Williams, a reflection of head coach Marc Mandel's focus on fours training during the fall season. The top two entries from Williams consisted of rowers from the first varsity boat, the third entry was made up of the junior class, and the fourth entry featured a mix of rowers from the second and third varsity boats.

Due to the extreme conditions, organizers did not follow the traditional starting order used in head races. Instead boats were sent off as soon as they arrived to the starting line, leading to uneven starting intervals and a hectic race.

The 'A' entry started first, and showed great poise in their race execution. Williams attacked the course from start to finish, laying down a well executed consistent piece. Williams finished third overall, good for bronze in a time of 11:24.

The junior boat ('C' entry) was the next to arrive to the starting line. The crew started well behind the previous crews to start, but set out with aggression. Through the first half of the race the crew worked to sync up together, and coming around the bend into the second half they found their rythym. With a mile to go the crew had a strong move and they pushed first through Amherst 'A', then Le Moyne College as they launched a strong sprint into the finish. The juniors took home gold for the 'C' entries in a time of 12:05.

In hot pursuit of the juniors was the Williams 'B' boat, who started shortly after. As Williams 'C' picked off crews, Williams 'B' stayed hot on their tail. Coming into the final straight, Williams 'B' pushed themsleves to the limit with a ferocious sprint, finishing promptly behind Williams 'C'. Williams 'B' took home silver for the 'B' entries with a time of 11:28.

Finally, Williams 'D' came out and showed great adaptability in their first time rowing together in this lineup. They too were able to find strong connection and rhythm in an unfamiliar lineup, and battle hard down the course. They finished in a time of 12:15, good for silver out of 'C' entries, second only to Williams 'C' (there was no 'D' category).

Junior Michael Nettesheim thought that the team accomplished what they set out to do with the regatta: "We went into the race today thinking of it as an opportunity to really solidify what we've been working on technically and mentally all fall. It was our last on the water row before going indoors to the ergs for the winter, so we wanted to have both some fun and really show ourselves the product of the work we've done...when it came time to get racing we ended up medaling in a bunch of events."

In total Williams brought home four medals from five boats, one gold, two silver, and one bronze. Now Williams will return to Lasell Gym where they will focus on fitness training throughout the winter to prepare for their spring racing. They will be back on the water over spring break during their annual trip to Myrtle Beach.