Five Eph Women Earn All-NESCAC Rowing Honors

Five Eph Women Earn All-NESCAC Rowing Honors

WILIAMSTOWN, MA -- Five members of Kate Maloney's Williams College women's rowing team that finished second in the NESCAC Championship have been accorded All-NESCAC honors.

With their second place finish the Ephs have earned their 19th invitation to the NCAA Rowing Championships for Women and the 14th year in a row.

Senior Gabrielle Markel (Girdwood, Alaska), a two-time All-NESCAC honoree, junior Clara Beery (Berkeley, Calif.) and sophomore Eileen Russell (New York, New York) were named to the First Team.

Eph second team honorees include junior coxswain Louisa Abel (Seattle, WA) and junior Bertie Miller (New York, N.Y.).

Kate Maloney commented on each of her honored rowers:

Gabby Markel -- "Gabby has shown amazing resiliency in her four years on Williams Women's Crew. It is no surprise that she is a co-captain as her attitude and physical ability make her a force to be reckoned with, but in addition, she is also an astute listener and advocate for her team. She has worked very hard to be in the spot she is and I know that through the last stroke of the final at NCAA's, she will pour her heart and soul into this team, just as she's done in all her time here."

Eileen Russell -- "Eileen is one of the most self-possessed student athletes I've ever had the pleasure of working with in my time at Williams. She sets her goals and methodically makes strides towards achieving them. Her work ethic is consistent and strong and she provides a very even keeled temperment in her boat. But one should not underestimate her ferocious competitiveness -- when she goes, the boat goes with her.

Clara Beery -- "Clara has been in the varsity boat for the last two years and has shown remarkable improvement in her racing ability in each of the seasons she's been here. She has a joyous approach to her stroke in that one can always tell that she is at her best and happiest when she is pulling her hardest and racing her strongest. She has provided very capable leadership in the stroke seat of the varsity and is constantly finding ways to help her boat find  more free speed."

Bertie Miller -- "Bertie vibrates with intensity in a good way. She is always up to race on the water and will not quit until she gets it right. She is consistently improving in other aspects of her rowing life, but it is her inner fire that puts her in this group. She has worked extremely hard this year to find flow and relaxation in her stroke, while at the same time maintaining that grit that makes her such a fighter; it has paid off as she sits in the stern of the varsity boat helping to translate the rhythm of the stroke to the rest of the boat.

Louisa Abel -- "Louisa is like the North Star of the team. She is constantly plotting the direction of her boat and helping the athletes execute that plan in order to achieve their goals. She is self- assured and inquisitive, in a way that helps both athlete and coach be better. She is a straight talker and as tough on herself as she is on her athletes -- her no nonsense attitude is a great attribute in a position that requires putting eight athletes on the same page."