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Rowing Teams Complete Competition at the Head of the Charles

Oct. 24, 2010

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - All three Navy rowing squads competed today at the 46th-annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Mass. The prestigious event, which is the world's largest two-day rowing regatta, featured some of the best rowers from around the world.

In its first race of the afternoon, the women's team placed ninth out of 20 boats in the championship fours, turning in a time of 18:38.489. The time was sixth-fastest out of all collegiate teams in the race. In the championship eights, the women's team clocked a 17:03.934, good for 21st place.

"The four boat did very well - that's the highest finish we've had here in that race," said women's head coach Mike Hughes. "The championship eight race is tough and it's on a difficult course. We would have liked to have been a little better there."

The heavyweight team had a tough start to the day in the championship fours as a one-minute penalty for interference pushed them back to 15th place with an adjusted time of 18:02.146. The Navy heavyweights fared much better in championship eights however, taking 12th out of 35 boats with a time of 14:27.77. The finish was ninth-best among college teams in the race.

"I think we had a pretty good day," said heavyweight head coach Rick Clothier. "We're improving; we got caught on the outside of a couple turns that cost us some time, but, overall, not a bad day. We'll see if we can do a little better next week. I'm really proud of the guys today."

The men's lightweight team's best run of the afternoon came in the lightweight fours, placing eighth out of 19 boats with a time of 16:41.184. It was the third-fastest time among college teams in the race. In the lightweight eights race, the Midshipmen were hit with 1:10 in penalty time, pushing them back to 19th place.

The women's team will be in action next weekend at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa., on Friday, while both men's teams will compete at the Princeton Chase on Sunday in Princeton, N.J.



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