WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Williams women's crew team is back in Williamstown after a productive spring break training trip down in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The team has been traveling southward to row on the Intercoastal Waterway for over 20 years. Colder temperatures and higher winds than normal made the water feel just like home, and the both the men's and women's teams were able to get in two full weeks of two-a-day practices. The team even got to compete in some inter-squad racing against the equivalent men's boats on the annual spring break "race day." Head coach Kate Wachala commented, "Our training trip was very good preparation for our racing season. The temps were a little cooler and the water a bit choppier than normal, so I think the team is more prepared for early spring racing in the northeast."
Senior captain Bertie Miller '18 agreed: "Our training trip this year gave us the opportunity to get meters under our belts in the wind and rain, just like at home. After a vigorous two weeks, we are finding new levels every day, and we are ready to take on more and be intrepid!"
High winds on Lake Onota have kept the team off the water for the majority of this week, but the rowers are ready to head to Boston this weekend for the first of their early spring 2000-meter races. The Ephs will face off against Wellesley, William Smith, and the MIT lightweight team in conditions that are predicted to be challenging, with more cold temperatures and high winds. "There is a very team-focused approach to our training this year and I think the squad is excited to go out and compete hard across the board. We will have our first big test this weekend when we face perennial powerhouse Wellesley, William Smith and the MIT lightweights on the Charles. I expect the athletes will go hard and we will evaluate our performance when we get back on the water next week, with an eye towards steady improvement," says Coach Wachala.
"We have perhaps the tightest pack and most depth speed-wise I've seen in my four years here, so we know we're ready to go in for the kill this spring season," says Miler. Fellow senior Abi Matthew '18 is similarly confident in the power of this year's whole team-oriented approach, saying "I think we have seen some of the most diverse groups of people in boats together so far this season—from freshmen to seniors, and experience to unbridled enthusiasm and everything in between. That will bring us really far this season and I'm excited to watch us all grow and row together!"
All are certainly excited to get back on the water and strive for constant improvement as everyone works to put the Williams women on the line at Nationals in Sarasota, Florida this May. The remainder of the schedule for the season can be found here: http://ephsports.williams.edu/sports/wcrew/2017-18/schedule.