Captains’ Corner: Sam Chapin ’15

Sam Chapin ’15

Men’s crew 

Raleigh, N.C.

Residence: 41 Park St.

What’s your major? 

History

What’s your pre-race ritual?  

Listening to music in the van with the rest of my boat.

What’s your most embarrassing moment in your sport? 

Catching a crab (a stroke where your oar gets caught in the water, slowing the boat down immensely) in the morning heats of New England Championships my sophomore year when I was stroking the 3V eight+.

What’s your least favorite place to row at? 

Head of the Fish in Saratoga, N.Y.

What was an achievement in your sport that you feel proudest about? 

Both the 1V and 2V winning by

open water at the New England Championships last year.

If you could play another sport at Williams, what would it be?

Probably basketball.

What is the team tradition you value most?  

The “Pride On Three” chant. Especially at New England Championships or ECAC Championships on the medals dock when all 80-plus members of the men’s and the women’s team go absolutely berserk, it’s amazing.

Which professor would you most like to play against in your sport?  

Professor of Philosophy Alan White

What is the most attractive team at Williams?

Unquestionably the Bocce Society, colloquially known as BoccSoc.

What’s your favorite song to listen to at the gym?  

“Pain” by Pusha-T.

What’s your favorite snack before a race? 

Banana and fruit snacks.

Who’s your pro athlete crush? 

Neeko Gardner ’15.

What is your favorite road trip memory?  

Getting four hours of nonconsecutive sleep on the overnight bus ride down to our Spring Break training trip in Myrtle Beach, S.C. my freshman year.