3V and 4V Top NESCAC Finishers at NIRC

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

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-John Lautenbach 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-Ethan Kendall 1-Adam Bocker
4V: c-Margot Berman 8-Mark Hay 7-Nick Iskenderion 6-Asher Lasday 5-Matt Bock 4-Sam Holmes 3-Stephen Zhu 2-Vikram Ramaswamy 1-Justin Gross


Worcester, MA — Williams Men's Crew concluded their season at NIRC on Lake Quinsigamond today. While the water was relatively flat, temperatures in the low 40s and consistent rain led to challenging conditions on the course.

The 4V claimed Williams only medal of the day with a bronze in their event. The Ephs went straight to the afternoon's final. Off the start Williams held with eventual winner Boston College but through 500 BC began to pull away. For much of the middle 1000 the race was a dogfight for third between Williams and Michigan. In the final 500 Williams found the next gear and walked ahead for the bronze medal. BC won in 6:22 followed by Marist in 6:35 and Williams in 6:38. Williams just edged out Michigan for third by .3 seconds.

Coxswain Margot Berman '22 thought her crew brought great aggression for their graduating stroke seat and coach: "The boys, deep within themselves and alongside Michigan, found what they needed to send the R2 bow ball out ahead and into third. Not only did today represent an incredible culmination of all the hard work that this boat has put in, it also was stroke Mark Hay and coach Ben Bradshaw's final regatta with WMC. I think that the grit and aggression we showed in the final 200 was for them."

The 3V finished fifth overall and first in the NESCAC in their event. In the 3V's morning heat, the crew overcame an equipment failure to sneak into the afternoon's grand final. In the final Williams put together their best start of the season, dropping Bates and hanging with the field through the first half. The Ephs fell back a bit in the third quarter but stayed in the fight, and put together an energetic sprint to close their year. Williams finished fifth in a time of 6:19, six seconds off winner Hobart in 6:13 and six seconds ahead of NESCAC rival Bates.

Coxswain Katie Friedman '22 called her crew's piece "a great race to end a fun season." Three seat Bernal Cortés "was incredibly proud of our race today. We finally had a performance where we left it all out there. We had a great season having fun rowing together so it was great to end in the fashion we did."

The 2V finished second in a tight morning heat to advance to the afternoon's grand final. In the final Williams had their best start of the season and came through the midpoint of the race in third ahead of Marist and Michigan. In the third quarter Michigan made a powerful move to pull ahead, but the Ephs pushed Marist back. Williams battled with Bates for the title of top NESCAC team but could not pull ahead in the sprint. Williams finished fifth in 6:16, behind winner Hobart in 6:07 and NESCAC rival and bronze medal winner Bates in 6:12.

Bow seat Peter Hollander '21 was proud of how his crew hailed injuries and adversity this week: "The 2V was challenged in our last week with having to make a last minute lineup switch. Regardless, we remained confident in our speed and finished in the grand final with our best race of the season. We're all incredibly proud."

The 1V lost an incredibly tight morning heat to Trinity by .5 seconds, finishing third in their heat and advancing to the afternoon's petite final. In the afternoon's final Williams fell behind Wesleyan and stayed even with Tufts through 500 meters. In the middle 1000 the Jumbos took a length lead on Williams as the Ephs struggled to keep pace. In the final 500 the Ephs put together a strong sprint to fend off charging Hamilton and finish in third. Williams finished in 6:11, 5 seconds off winner Wesleyan. Hobart won the grand final in 6:00 to secure a bid to IRAs.

Four seat Niko John '21 "thought this race was technically the best of our season. I felt we really had a solid platform to lay power down."

This concludes Williams season. Congratulations to departing seniors Adam Zoen, Drew West, Mark Hay, and Sam Armstrong on four great years with the program. Congratulations are also due to senior student coach Ben Bradshaw, who coached the 4V to silver and bronze medals this year. The men will be working hard conditioning throughout the summer to come back stronger in the fall. The campaign for next spring starts now!