Men's Crew Races at Head of the Charles

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



Collegiate 8+: c- Alison Robey 8-Phillip Chalmers 7-Jack Ellrodt 6-Jarrett Heflin 5-Ben Washburne 4-Niko John 3-Zola Baird 2-Tad Montessano 1-Matthew Schleifman
Club 8+: c-Piper Higgins 8-Daniel Queen 7-Gus Nordmeyer 6-Nick Ambeliotis 5-Riley Will 4-Charlie Ide 3-Will Foote 2-Collin Dent 1-Max Chayet

Boston, MA -- Men's crew traveled to Boston for a weekend of racing at the Head of the Charles regatta. The Ephs entered their 2V 8+ into the club 8+ event on Saturday, and their 1V 8+ into the collegiate 8+ on Sunday. Conditions were favorable for good racing.

The 2V put together a very strong early showing to finish in a raw time of 15:38.6 that would have been good for 18th in their 39 boat event. However, a penalty cost Williams a minute and knocked them down to 30th place. Williams raw time also made them the top NESCAC program in the event.

After rounding the magazine beach turn and passing onto the power house stretch of the course, Williams quickly got to work hunting down the boats ahead of them. They rowed past a club who had traveled all the way from China to compete before reeling in Washington College after the first bridge. Before Weeks footbridge Williams was quickly overtaking Manhattan College when the boats clashed oars and nearly collided beginning the turn through the bridge. This incident cost Williams the penalty.

Despite the chaos, coxswain Piper Higgins '21 maintained a tight course as her boat quickly jumped out ahead of Manhattan following the clash. Through the rest of the course Williams continued to push back the crews they had passed while Higgins steered a perfect line around Eliot bridge and the final turns. With an energetic final sprint Williams crossed the line in 15:38.6.

Seven seat Gus Nordemeyer '23 thought his crew was "able to stay internal the entire race and focus on our rhythm, despite rubbing up against multiple boats during the piece." He was also proud of the crew's "aggressive pace off the start" and ability to sustain that aggression.

Two seat Collin Dent '23 thought the race "demonstrated the strength of the boat and the program as a whole. We played to our strengths and took advantage of the complexities of the course to get ahead." Despite the penalty, Dent knows that his crew's performance "showed that we have a very solid foundation for the spring season."

In the collegiate 8+ event the 1V finished 12th out of 38 crews in a time of 14:57.1. Williams had a strong build and start through the BU bridge that set them up with good rhythm through the powerhouse stretch. Coxswain Alison Robey '20 skilfully steered the boat past Rutgers on the inside of the Weeks turn with a tight line. Although the crew experienced some bobbles going into the final turn at Eliot they were able to regain their composure for a strong finish. Williams finished second among NESCAC crews, a mere .004 seconds behind Trinity.

Six seat Jarrett Heflin '20 thought his crew "raced a clean and consistent piece, demonstrating our technical progress this fall." Heflin noted that he "could not be more proud of the boat" and is "excited to up the attack next week in Worcester."

Heflin refers to next Saturday's Wormtown Chase, where Williams will close their fall season on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester against multiple NESCAC and other regular spring season opponents.