WORCESTER, MA - The Williams men got to bed early so they could be rested and ready well before their race times on Saturday. The 1V, 2V, and 1F all had morning heat races in order to qualify for the finals in the afternoon. The Williams 2F raced in the 3V category, which did not have a qualifying heat.
The Williams 1V and 1F both decisively won their heats. The 2V came in second to the UNH 2V in their heat. The top three boats from each heat qualify for the grand final events.
The Williams 2F, racing in the 3V category, showed the most improvement today. The Ephs came off the start strong and held an early lead. Unfortunately they lost speed due to an equipment failure that stopped the bow pair from rowing effectively. The 3V came in third, beating out WPI. Trinity won the event and Wesleyan took second.
The Williams 1F raced Trinity, BC, WPI, UVM, and Tufts in their final. The Ephs started the race down and slowly fought their way through the field. The last 500 meters was a duel between the Williams 1F and the Trinity 1F, with the Williams boat pulling ahead to win by 3 seconds.
The Williams 2V was in the grand final with UNH, Trinity, Wesleyan, Bates, and WPI. The Ephs raced aggressively and moved quickly off the line. They were out powered by the Trinity crew throughout the race. The Ephs battled with WPI down the second 1K, ultimately coming in third, behind WPI by less than a second.
The Williams 1V faced off against Trinity, BC, Bates, UNH, and WPI. The Williams crew was down about half a length at 1000 meters in. The boat was comprised of Erick Quay '14, Faust Petkovich '12, Alex Treco '12, Theo Patsalos-Fox '12, John Gorman '13, Wes Gail '12, Noah Schoenholtz '12, Matt Crimp '12, and Michelle McRae '12 as coxswain. The crew pushed themselves to the limit and moved through the other boats in their field, winning by 1.9 seconds.
The Ephs had a great day a Worcester, trying to find the limits of their boat-speed. The men came in second to Trinity in the men's overall points trophy. Williams did win the combined men's and women's team points trophy due to an outstanding performance by the Williams women. Everyone is excited for ECACs next week.