The William Smith College varsity eight put on an impressive performance during the world’s largest regatta, bringing home a silver medal in the women’s collegiate eights at the Head of the Charles in Boston. It’s the first time the Herons have won medal at the Charles.
In a 26-crew field jam-packed with the top programs in the nation, the Herons covered the 5-kilometer course in 18:00.405. Only Trinity (Conn.) turned in a faster time at 17:42.648. Defending national champion Williams was third in 18:01.384. Grand Valley State and Wellesley rounded out the top five.
Kim Goral, Libby Hughes, Katie Paige, Sarah Gordon, Emily Andersen, Laura Cappio, Caroline DeWeirdt, Alyssa Trebilcock, and Jess Steketee trailed the Ephs by about a second through the first time check, made it to the second time check in a slightly faster time. William Smith flew to the next time check, more than four seconds faster than Williams, giving only a little bit back in the stretch run.
It’s the sixth consecutive year that William Smith has finished in the top 10 at the Charles.
The Herons will wrap up their fall racing season on Saturday, Oct. 27, when they compete in the Head of the Fish in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.