SARASOTA, FL – On the final day of the NCAA DIII Rowing Championships for Women the Williams College crew team finished sixth.
The Eph Varsity II boat was first on the water competing in the Varsity II Grand Final against crews from WPI, Pacific Lutheran, Wesleyan, Bates, and Wellesley
At 300 meters Bates held a slight lead over the Ephs, but 500 meters in the Ephs had moved into second place .7 of a second behind Bates. Wellesley through a big surge in over the second 500 meters to take a .6 of a second lead over Bates and the Ephs were now third just about two seconds back.
Bates came back on Wellesley to win in 6:52.37, Wellesley was second and the Ephs took third in 7:02.157, claiming a bronze medal.
The Eph Varsity I boat racing in the Varsity I Petite Final closed out the Eph season. The Ephs were lined up against Washington College, as they would race for 7th place.
Washington College opened up a deck lead at 200 meters and then the boats were virtually tied at 500 meters and Washington went back up two seats 600 meters in and then the Ephs took four-seat lead at 800 meters, shifting into a higher gear.
At 1200 meters the Ephs were still up by 4-5 seats and Williams then went to a stroke rate of 38 and took control of the race at 15000 meters.
Shortly after that the Eph lead grew to open water of a boat length and a half as the Ephs finished well ahead of Washington College, clocking in a7:04.74. Washington College was timed in 7:13.44. With that finish the Eph Varsity I boat finished seventh in the nation.
"This year's NCAAs were a learning experience for Williams women's crew," noted Eph head coach Kate Maloney. "The 2V performed just as they have all year, consistently and with maturity and I am very pleased with their result in the Grand Final. That crew is returning all but one and they are hungry to move forward."
"The 1V finished with heart given the challenging last few races they have had," aded Maloney. "They too, are a young crew, returning all but two, and I expect that they will set the tone for the direction of the team moving forward.