WILLIAMSTOWN, MA-- The Williams Women's Crew (WWC) team is back on campus after spending the past two weeks down in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The team has been travelling southward and rowing on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) for 27 years. The women trained twice a day on the ICW, taking advantage of good weather and precious water time before heading home to a frozen Lake Onota. Freshman Liz Ostermeyer reports back on her first Spring Break training trip experience: "Even though two weeks of two-a-day practices may seem like a lot, our time in Myrtle Beach really flew by, and not without a really exciting amount of improvement. So much of the novice experience is about collecting pieces: the stroke in the fall, the fitness in the winter, the patience, discipline, and mental attitude throughout. That in itself has been extremely rewarding as an exercise in self-improvement, but Spring Break was when we finally got to put all those pieces together toward the larger goal."
Each year, the trip is capped off with some intra-squad racing: the 1V, 2V, 3V, and 4V faced off against the equivalent boats on the men's team to practice going the 2000m distance that is rowed in spring competition. As a testament to the improvement that happens in this training period, Ostermeyer says, "With a 3V of almost all freshman, it was just cool to be able to move the boat so well on race day when just 2 weeks before many of us were still nervous about rowing all eight. And we'll only keep getting better." You can follow the women's team Instagram account (@ephrowing) to see photos from the two weeks of Spring Break training!
WWC is led this year by all ten of the women in the senior class, and the senior leadership council could not be more excited to see what the team can do this season. Julia Mini '19 has just one word to share on the outlook for the team this season: "Fast." The women used indoor winter training and spring break water time to gain strength, practice speed, and lay the groundwork for accomplishing some audacious goals.
As Ostermeyer said, this year's squad will only continue to get better, and the team is excited for it's 16 freshmen to tackle their first collegiate spring racing season. In addition to the large freshmen class, 11 sophomores, 5 juniors, and the 10 seniors will fill the boats this spring. This large group of strong women will race every weekend until the end of the season, starting this coming Saturday. WWC will head to Geneva, NY on April 6th to race Wellesley and William Smith. The rest of the schedule can be found here: https://ephsports.williams.edu/sports/wcrew/2018-19/schedule.
Stay tuned as this team strives to light a fire and put boats on the line at the NCAA Championsips Indianapolis, Indiana this May!