Lake Natoma, Sacramento, CA – Williams women's crew extends their streak with a sixth consecutive NCAA National Championship.
Yesterday's success in the heats and the Grand Qualifier placed Williams in an excellent position in the team points competition. The Williams 1V finished first in their heat to earn an automatic spot in the Grand Final, and the 2V finished fourth in their heat and then fourth in the Grand Qualifier to secure a place in the Grand Final.
"This last week has put the frosting on the cake of our season. The 2V's remarkable effort in the Grand Qualifier launched them into the Grand Final and put us in the best position possible to win the team championship. We had Williams boats on either end of the course for the final. It was amazing to look across the course and see our teammates lining up, said Co-captains Adrienne Darrow '11 and Anna Soybel '11.
Today, for the fourth year straight, two Williams boats sat on the line in the Grand Final waiting for the starter's call of 'ATTENTION, GO.'
Quick off the start and braving a strong headwind the Ephs 1V proved that they were the fastest Division III crew in the country from the first 500m, putting themselves half a boat length up over second seeded Bates. From there, they continued to increase their margin on the field, finishing with open water and a time of 6:54.43 over second place Bates 7:01.31.
"Throughout NCAAs, our races in the 1V got better and better. The Grand Final in the 1V was a race we will never forget. The start was clean and fast, we had a solid middle thousand, and lots of work on our sprint last week helped us picture ourselves 'back in the lagoon' of Lake Onota and significantly raise the rate and change boat speed for those last 400 meters. We will never forget the feeling of crossing that line first; it was phenomenal," said Darrow '11 and Soybel '11.
The 2V was down off the start, but fought back inch by inch, pushing fifth place William Smith throughout the course of the race and crossing the line just behind the Herons for a sixth place finish.
With the combined point contributions of the 1V (12) and 2V (7), Williams was able to capture the Team Points Award for the seventh time in school history with 19 points over Bates (16) and to become the first team at Williams to win seven NCAA Championships.
"I'm very proud of how the team performed this weekend. To capture a sixth straight national title is a very special thing. There was no promise of a national title this weekend. It's taken a lot of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice by every member of the team and the coaching staff to have this be possible" said Interim Head Coach Brad Hemmerly.
|6th Straight NCAA Title and 7th Overall|
First Varsity Eight
Bow – Anna Soybel '11
2 – Adrienne Darrow '11
3 – Dana Golden '13
4 – Annie Haley '13
5 – Abbie Deal '12
6 – Lindsay Olsen '12
7 – Kate Shaper '12
Stroke – Emma Peligri-O-Day '12
Coxswain – Becca Licht '11
|2011 Varsity 1 -- Fasest Division III boat in the nation|
Second Varsity Eight
Bow – Ashley Amos '12
2 – Sara Wallace '12
3 – Hayley Swan '13
4 – Emma Laukitis '13
5 – Jane McClellan '12
6 – Kelsey Conklin '12
7 – Sydney Tooze '12
Stroke – Ellen Stuart '11
Coxswain – Fiona Wilkes '12
|2011 Varsity 2 celebrates with the NCAA Trophy|