Williams Women Win ECAC Championships, Earn Spot at NCAA Championships

Williams Women Win ECAC Championships, Earn Spot at NCAA Championships

W_A_T_C_H:   NCAA Div. III Rowing Championships for
Women Selection Show 5/11 -- 3:00 PM EST

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WORCESTER, MA – The Williams women rose to the challenge presented by the Eastern College Athletic Conference this weekend, sweeping their races and earning an automatic qualifying berth at the NCAA championships in Sacramento.

After a long day of racing, including heats and finals, the Williams women returned home from Worcester victorious once again. The first, second, and third varsity eights all came in first place both in their heats and in their respective finals, making for a Williams-dominated race day.

The third varsity eight had its final race of the season, and, despite having to start four times over the course of the day, due to a false start in the heat and another in the final, cruised to an easy victory in its heat, despite some windy conditions. Taking advantage of its experience practicing on Williams’ own blustery Lake Onota, the 3V came in first in its heat with a time of 7:18.025, 19.6 seconds faster than second-place Smith College. Beginning the finals racing for the Williams women, the 3V powered away from the start line, facing off against Ithaca College for the first 500 meters. Bow seat Annie Haley ’13 commented “ We went into this race hungry for a chance to re-race Ithaca, the only team to have bested the 3V all season. We knew we had the power and that if we could find a good base rhythm and set ourselves up for a good sprint that we had a really good shot at being successful in what was our final race of the season.” The crew responded well to the pressures of championship racing, crossing the line in 7:02.113 in the Grand Final, besting Ithaca by 16.197 seconds.

The second varsity eight race was delayed by windy conditions making for a challenging start to the race ahead, but despite the less-than-ideal warm-up, the 2V was able to get a good start and put a safe distance between itself and UNH and Trinity, who were “battling it out for the second spot for the grand final,” according to coxswain Liz Zhu ’11. The 2V finished in a time of 7:08.238, just over five seconds ahead of Trinity. After some rest during the middle of the day, the 2V returned to conquer the Grand Final, posting a time of 6:46.158 from lane 3, besting Bates by 13.8 seconds. The crew had an excellent start and moved into a solid base rating, powering down the 2,000 meter course.

The first varsity eight had the honor of being both the first and last boat to row for the Williams women. Thanks to stake-boat holder Brent, the 1V was able to endure gusting winds of up to 40 mph in the starting area of the heat. The crew had a rough start, ending up a length behind the field, but by the thousand-meter mark, was comfortably in first place. The crew ended up winning its heat in an (unofficial) time of 7:07.1. After last year’s ECAC championships were cancelled due to wind, “we were happy to have the opportunity to race – our afternoon race really allowed us the opportunity to prove some things we’ve been trying to demonstrate all season,” said coxswain Becca Licht ’11. The 1V had an aggressive start, lengthening to a quick base rhythm and finishing out the piece with a sprint as well, in preparation for the NCAA championships. The race plan served the crew well, as they captured the gold medal with a time of 6:36.613, 7 seconds faster than second-place Ithaca and 11 seconds up on perennial rival Trinity.

To top off the Ephs’ excellent day on the water, head coach Justin Moore was named coach of the year by the ECAC. The racing earned the women an automatic qualifying berth at the NCAA championships in Sacramento, California occurring for Division III crews on May 28 th and 29 th. The 1V will face off against Bates, Trinity, and Ithaca, as well as other crews from New England and around the country, and the 2V will join the fray, competing on equal footing with 1V crews for the first time all season.

Lineups:

1V8+:

Bow Emma Pelegri-O'Day ‘12
2 Sarah Ginsberg ‘10
3 Maddie Berky ‘10
4 Dana Golden ‘13
5 Lindsay Olsen ‘12
6 Kate Shaper ‘12
7 Dorothy MacAusland ‘12
Stroke Julia Haltermann ‘ 10
Coxswain Becca Licht ‘11

 

2V8+

Bow Kaitlin Konkel ‘10

2 Sara Wallace ‘12

3 Jane McClellan ‘12

4 Adrienne Darrow ‘11

5 Abbie Deal ‘12

6 Kelsey Conklin ‘12

7 Sydney Tooze ‘12

Stroke Laura Caccamo ‘10

Coxswain Liz Zhu ‘11

 

3V8+

 

Bow Annie Haley ‘13

2 Nora Kern ‘12

3 Kat Amano ‘13

4 Hayley Swan ‘13

5 Rachel Hudson ‘10

6 Anna Soybel ‘11

7 Ellen Stuart ‘11

Stroke Ashley Amos ‘12

Coxswain Fiona Wilkes ‘12