WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Kate Maloney's Williams women's crew team heads to Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J. in pursuit of their 10th NCAA title with competition taking place Friday and Saturday. Williams leads NCAA DIII in titles won in women's rowing with nine.
In 2016, racing in Gold River, Calif., the Ephs finished third at the NCAA Championship.
The last time out this spring the Eph Varsity 1 finished 4/10ths of a second behind Bates at the National Invitational Rowing Championships in Worcester, Mass., while the Eph Varsity 2 boat was also second to Bates, but by a much larger margin.
The Eph Varsity 2 boat will be the first boat to race for Williams on Friday. The Varsity 2 boat will line up against Wellesley College and Washington College in a race slated to begin at 8:24 a.m.
"This boat of women has been the most resilient group of the bunch," noted Maloney. "They have a great attitude and are eager to race even if their lineup has been changed around. They are always up for the challenge. They have all the components to put together a real challenge for the top and I'm excited to watch them go out and strive for it."
The Eph Varsity 1 boat will be in Heat B competing against Ithaca College, Wesleyan University, and Rochester Institute of Technology. The Eph Varsity 1 boat will race at 8:48 a.m.
"This is a group of women [V1] who have been on a quest all season to get better and find a way to create more speed," stated Maloney. "They are fully invested in the process and eager to get out there to see where they stand after another two weeks of good training. Each practice they discover something new about their abilities and I can't wait to watch them get after it on Friday and Saturday."
The goal for both Eph boats on Friday will be to advance directly to the Grand Final in each event Saturday and not be forced to race again and extend themselves in the afternoon repechages on Friday.
"This entire squad of women have been great students of the sport this spring," Maloney added. "We are here because of the strength of the whole team and each seat is hard earned. I have been pleased with their adaptability and eagerness to get after it and that attitude has been crucial to our continued evolution of fast boats."