Williams Men's Crew is New England Team Champions!

Photo by Becky Heflin P'20
Photo by Becky Heflin P'20

1V: c-Alison Robey 8-Jarrett Heflin 7-Ian Pultz-Earle 6-Daniel Queen 5-Drew West 4-Niko John 3-Nick Beischer 2-Phillip Chalmers 1-Jack Ellrodt
2V: c-Piper Higgins 8-Sam Armstrong 7-Matthew Schleifman 6-Cameron Edgar 5-Riley Will 4-Peter Fousek 3-Isaac Wilkins 2-Adam Zoen 1-Peter Hollander
3V: c-Katie Friedman 8-Osamah Qatanani 7-Will Foote 6-Charlie Ide 5-Max Chayet 4-Oscar Tubke-Davidson 3-Bernal Cortés 2-John Lautenbach 1-Adam Bocker
4V: c-Margot Berman 8-Ethan Kendall 7-Nick Iskenderion 6-Asher Lasday 5-Matt Bock 4-Sam Holmes 3-Stephen Zhu Zhu 2-Mark Hay 1-Justin Gross


Worcester, MA — The last time Williams Men's Crew won the New England team championship, senior captains Adam Zoen and Drew West were in still in preschool and freshman Max Chayet had yet to reach his first birthday. That changed today as all four Williams boats brought home medals to propel the team to its first team championship since 2001!

Conditions were calm on Lake Quinsigamond for the annual New England Rowing Championships, the first of Williams' two spring championships. 

The 4V set the tone for the rest of the team by leading off the day with a silver medal. In the afternoon's final Williams, Boston College, and UMass all got off the line well, dropping the rest of the field. Boston College quickly separated from the field while Williams pushed ahead of UMass. Coming through the midpoint of the race the crews were all separated by open water and continued to spread out through the second half of the race. Boston College won in 6:31 and Williams took silver in 6:44.

Coxswain Margot Berman '22 thought her crew executed their race plan and sprinted well: "Not only did we execute the race plan exquisitely, we found some extra speed in the final 400. The boys really dug deep."

Next up the 3V matched the 4V's performance with a silver medal of their own. In the morning's time trial the crew finished in second place, 2 seconds off Boston College in the lead. In the final, the crew had an uncharacteristically slow start off the line and went down on the entire field in the first 250 meters. Williams improved marginally throughout the first half of the race and clawed their way back into the pack. At the 1000 meter mark Williams launched into their middle move and pushed their way into third ahead of Bates and WPI. From there Williams found their rhythm and walked from half a length down to a length up on UMass coming into the final sprint. The Ephs put together a strong and connected sprint and took back seats on Boston College, but were unable to pull ahead for the win. Boston College won in 6:22 followed by Williams in 6:25.

Coxswain Katie Friedman '22 was proud of how her boat showed resilience after a tough start: "We were a little flustered off the start, but found our rhythm through the middle move and were able to reach our top gear through the finish line."

The 2V added to the medal haul with a bronze in their race. The 2V won their morning heat against Wesleyan to secure a favorable lane in the afternoon's final. Off the start Williams fell a bit off the lead and came through the thousand in fourth place behind rival Wesleyan. In the third quarter the Ephs dug deep and walked through the Cardinals. For the final 500 Williams kept their pedal to the floor and continued to beat Wesleyan back, but were unable to reel in Boston College in second. Bates won in a time of 6:18 followed by Boston College in 6:21 and Williams in 6:23.

Six seat Cameron Edgar '21 thought his crew's unity was key to their finish: "I felt that our boat found a new level of patience and unity and it really showed both in our heat and in the final. It was really great to go out there and defeat crews we lost to earlier in the season, and I can't wait to see what kind of speed we can build over this last week before NIRCs."

To seal the team's championship, the 1V capped off the day's racing with their own bronze medal. Like the other Williams boats, the 1V started down on the field off the start. They settled into a strong base and refused to be rattled by their early deficit. Williams quickly moved past UMass and walked through Trinity with their middle move. With 500 to go Williams locked in on Tufts and brought the rate up to 37. With their best sprint of the year, Williams went from half a length down to half a length up on Tufts to bring home the bronze. Wesleyan won in 6:08 followed half a seocond later by Bates and Williams in 6:11.

Seven seat Ian Pultz-Earle '21 emphasized the importance of his crew's second half to their medal: "We were down off the start, but we're used to that so it didn't faze us. We stayed in contention during the first half with a sustainable rhythm and then around the halfway mark I think we sort of flipped a switch and started moving through other crews. We finished the race with the best sprint we've ever had."

To conclude the day, captain Adam Zoen shared his perspective on the team's work all season that resulted in this championship: "Our goal since the beginning of the season has been to 'raise the average' of everything we do. Winning the New Englands points trophy for the first time since 2001 is an incredible culmination of the hard work that all 41 athletes on our roster have put in this entire year to make themselves and their teammates better everyday. At the same time, we realize our jobs are nowhere near done and will be doing our utmost to return to Worcester next weekend even faster for NIRCs."

Williams will close out their season back in Worcester next Sunday at NIRCs.