Spring playoff picture

Noor Naseer

The men’s crew team will compete in the National Invitational Rowing Championships this weekend. (Photo courtesy of Sports Information.)

Men’s crew

The men’s crew team competed in the New England Rowing Championship at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. last weekend. Preliminary races took place in the morning, and the 1v, 2v, and 3v eight boats qualified to compete in the Grand Finals that afternoon.

The first boat to compete in the afternoon was the 3v four. This was the four’s first and only race of the day, and the Ephs came in fourth place with a time of 7:11.81. Tufts came in first, with a time of 6:54.17. Next was the 4v, which came in third place, with a time of 6:16.17 after many lead ex- changes with Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), which finished fourth with a time of 6:16.51. Tufts’ 4v took first here again, with a time of 6:04.38. The 3v competed next and ended with a time of 6:03.86, coming in just short of Holy Cross, which finished in 6:00.50. In the 2v race, the Ephs finished in second with a time of 5:55.80, also behind Holy Cross, which finished first in 5:53.83.

The 1v boat rounded out the competition. After a strong start, the Ephs finished in first, with a time of 5:44.73, followed by Holy Cross, who finished with a time of 5:50.15. Will Densmore ’26, six seat of the 1v, recounted the Ephs’ dominant performance. “The gap between us and the other boats kind of grew gradually throughout the race,” he said. “With 300 meters left, we said, ‘This is the end, we might as well just go for it,’ so we had a very fast last 300 meters.”

Michael LesStrang ’26, who also rowed in the 1v, said that the team’s training regimen hit its stride this spring, as the fall was focused on technical and foundational work. “We trust that if we’re methodical and patient … that sets us up for success in the spring because we won’t be as tired, we won’t be as worn out mentally and physically,” he said.

Women’s crew

The women’s crew team also competed in the New England Rowing Championship. The varsity four boat competed in the Petite Final in the afternoon and came in first with a time of 8:07.2, followed by Middlebury, which finished with a time of 8:14.9. The 3v competed in the Grand Final in the afternoon. The race was tight from the outset, with all boats just a seat apart. The Ephs were able to walk on Wesleyan, but they fell short to Wellesley. The 3v finished in 5th, with a time of 7:12.4, following Wellesley’s time of 7:05.4. The 2v race was contentious in the morning, with Wellesley taking the lead and the Ephs exchanging leads with Holy Cross. Holy Cross pulled away in the final sprint with a time of 6:56.0, and the 2v came in third, with a time of 6:56.5. The 2v won the Petite Final, beating the second place Smith by a full four seconds with a time of 6:59.9.

Ellie Davis ’26 shared that the 1v faced challenges in the morning. “We got snubbed getting into the Grand Finals by 0.1 seconds after a really rocky race that we never found our groove [in] and were never able to get a good boat rhythm,” she said. Despite falling short of making the Grand Final, the Ephs were able to finish first in the Petite Final with a time of 6:44.3, beating Holy Cross, which came in second with a time of 6:46.9. “It was really good to be able to apply the lessons that we learned from the first race to the second race and really improve as a boat,” Davis said.

Men’s T&F

Qualifying members of the men’s track and field team traveled to Springfield, Mass. to compete in the Div. III New England Outdoor Track and Field Championship last weekend. On Friday, Jack Davis ’24 competed in the 100m, placing ninth with a time of 10.89, and Jackson Hartigan ’23 earned a personal best time of 32:53.86 in the 10,000m. On Saturday, Zachary Liu-Walter ’26 raced in the 800m, with a time of 1:55.32. Adam Roupas ’23 and Bryce Cooper ’26 both ran the 400m hurdles. Roupas ran a personal best time of 54.87 and landed in fifth place, and Cooper finished with a time of 56.16. Davis competed again on Saturday in the 200m, running a time of 21.89, earning eighth place. Jeremy Bertolet ’24 competed in the triple jump and placed seventh, with a mark of 13.58m. Luke Tichi ’24, Jacob Lehmann Duke ’24, and Luke Zanuck ’26 all raced in the 5000m. Tichi placed fifth, with a personal best time of 14:59.98; Lehmann Duke landed in ninth place with a 15:19.13; and Zanuck finished 16th with a 15:35.23. “Speaking for the distance crew, training the past few months has been pretty productive,” Tichi wrote in an email to the Record. “In a sport where consistency and health is everything, it seems like our coaches have done a good job keeping us on the right path this season.”

Women’s T&F

Qualifying members of the women’s track and field team traveled to Springfield, Mass. to compete in the Division III New England Outdoor Track and Field Championship last weekend. On Friday, co-captain Kristen Chou ’23 placed 10th in the long jump, with a mark of 5.35m. Co-captain Caroline Douglas ’23 placed 17th in the 100m hurdles, with a time of 16.04. Co-captain Hannah Brown ’23 competed in the first part of the heptathlon, in which she placed 14th with a score of 3149. Co-captain Kiara Tan ’23 competed in the preliminaries for the 100m, and during the finals on Saturday, she came in second with a time of 12.05. On Saturday, Ellie Fitzgerald ’26 placed third in pole vault, with a personal best mark of 3.65m. Emma Miller ’26 competed in the shot put and ended up in ninth place with a mark of 12.20m. Co-captain Abby Scott ’23 came in fifth place in the 1500m, with a time of 4:33.33. Lucy Gagnon ’24 came in seventh, with a time of 4:36.80, followed by Maddy Lawler ’23 who came in eighth, with a time of 4:39.33.

“For me, it was a cool step forward for how the season was going, and it was fun to compete with some really competitive athletes,” Gagnon said. “I think we did a good job of really supporting each other.”

Kate Swann ’26 ran the 5000m and came in 13th, with a personal best time of 18:31.98. In the 4×100, Rachel Arthur ’25, Camryn Taylor ’24, Ella Sukup ’26, and Tan placed fourth, with a time of 48.15. Scarlet Rusch ’23.5 raced the 400m and came in 6th, with a time of 58.32. Grace Kaercher ’25 ran 2:22.15 and Elsa Martin ’25 ran 2:24.93 in the 800m, placing 21st and 25th, respectively. Greta Vaughn ’26 placed 20th, with a time of 1:10.99 in the 400m hurdles, and Malia Klein ’25 raced in the 200m, coming in 19th with a time of 26.39.