Lineups: A 8+: c- Alison Robey 8-Phil Chalmers 7-Jack Ellrodt 6-Jarrett Heflin 5-Ben Washburne 4-Niko John 3-Zola Baird 2-Tad Montesano 1-Matt Schleifman
B 8+: c-Piper Higgins 8-Dan Queen 7-Gus Nordemeyer 6-Nick Ambeliotis 5-Will Foote 4-Charlie Ide 3-Max Chayet 2-Colin Dent 1-Peter Fousek
C 8+: c-Katie Friedman 8-Isaac Wilkins 7-Ethan Kendall 6-Max Mallett 5-Bernal Cortes 4-Steve Zhu 3-Theo Tellides 2-Nick Iskenderian 1-Peter Hollander
A 4+: c-Margot Berman 4-Isaac Wilkins 3-Bernal Cortes 2-Peter Hollander 1-Ethan Kendall
B 4+: c-Eshaan Patel 4-Sam Holmes 3-Matt Bock 2-Blake Bullwinkel 1-Justin Gross
Worcester, MA -- Williams Men's Crew kicked off their season at Lake Quinsigamond today with the Head of the Snake Regatta. Williams entered two fours and three eights in the regatta. All crews battled a moderate headwind that challenged oarsmen to place their blades directly against the wind.
Williams entered two 4+ in the first race of the morning, with some athletes doubling up and rowing later in the 8+. The first boat went out and set a bold rhythm from the start, rowing at some of the highest rates they have hit all season despite the challenging headwind. The crew found their groove quickly and made several strong moves through the heart of the course. They finished in fifth with a time of 17:14. The second Williams 4+ also showed good early potential, finishing in 14th with a time of 19:03.
In the 8+ event all three Williams boats finished in the top three for their respective classes. The A boat showed great aggression from the start and finished in third in a time of 14:08.0, just .2 seconds behind second place Trinity and 9 seconds behind winner Holy Cross. Coxswain Alison Robey '20 thought her crew learned a lot they can build upon going forward: "We set out to make a statement about the type of crew we want to be this year and reflected that in an aggressive first race. We are ready to come out hard next week and learn from this week's results."
The Williams B boat finished second for B boats behind Holy Cross and sixth overall in a time of 14:36. Five seat Will Foote '22 thought his crew handled the conditions well and discovered opportunities for greater speed in future races: "Our crew did a good job keeping boat speed through tough conditions and found some good areas where we have even more speed to be found in the remaining few weeks on the water this fall."
The Williams C boat finished second for C boats and thirteenth overall in a time of 15:26. Five seat Bernal Cortes '22 thought his team did a good job staying internal and focusing on rhythm during the race: "Off the line we quickly found our rhythm and settled in. Over the course of the race we were able to stay focused and maintain a good internal stroke."
Williams will be back in action next weekend for the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston with entries in the collegiate and club 8+ events.