WORCESTER, MA--Williams women's crew came to Worcester ready to make a statement at the National Invitational Rowing Championships and claim some medals after the events of last weekend. It was a beautiful day at the lake, and each boat rowed a heat and a final, both 2000 meters in length.
Louisa Abel, Clara Beery, Bertie Miller, Caroline Kessler raced in the 1V event. After a serious fight to claim second in their heat, the 1V secured their place in the grand final. The 1V finished in 6th place with a time of 6:35.17, just .17 seconds behind Tufts. Bates College dominated the day, taking first place in every women's event, but the Williams team largely viewed the weekend as a success. Senior coxswain Louisa Abel summed the day up most simply and most accurately: "It was a day of learning and we're always grateful for an opportunity to race with our best friends."
This team of best friends now waits with bated breath until Monday to find out if today's performance was enough to earn one of the three at-large bids to Nationals. If so, the 1V and 2V will continue on, while those not hoping to compete at Nationals have officially completed their spring season. Coach Kate Maloney echoed the pride expressed by the 3V and 4V in her final all-team meeting, saying "so now we wait. But no matter what, I am so proud of this entire team for everything you've done this season."