Four Navy Boats Race at 2017 Head of the Charles Regatta
BOSTON – The heavyweight and lightweight rowing teams were in action this weekend at the world-renown Head of the Charles Regatta. Taking on a challenging field of collegiate, international and club teams, Navy had four boats racing on the Charles River course. At the completion of action, the Midshipmen turned in three top-seven results with a fourth-place finish by the junior varsity lightweight crew in the Men’s Club Eights race leading the way.
The racing for the Midshipmen began on Saturday with the second varsity boats from both the heavyweight and lightweight teams competing in the Men’s Club Eights event. The lightweight team of Ben Capannari, Drew Bennett, Karl Schwarzkopf, Matthew Pentaleri, Creighton Tarrant, Theo Freidenrich, Matthew Shirey, Clay Jackson and coxswain Brianna Kaufmann navigated the 4,800-meter course in a time of 14:46.005. That effort earned Navy a medal as the squad ranked fourth overall, third amongst collegiate teams. Navy nearly found its way into the top-three as the Mids were edged by less than four seconds by the Riverside Club crew that clocked in at 14:42.331.
Racing in the same heat, the Mids’ 2V8 heavyweight crew finished within 19 seconds of their Hubbard Hall brethren with a time of 15:04.403 that ranked seventh overall in the field of 36. For the collegiate competitors, the Mids placed sixth. The lineup for Navy in the boat on Saturday consisted of Caleb Robertson, David Russell, Zach Scholz, John Heropoulos, Klaus Payne, Alec Gould, Aaron Hanko, Evan Camp and coxswain Elise Odom.
On Sunday, the first varsity crews got into the action. The lightweights led the Navy contingent with a seventh place finish in the Men’s Lightweight Eights event. Taking on a host of EARC crews, the Mids clocked in with a competitive time of 14:15.443, that was less than five seconds behind fourth place Yale (14:11.065). Navy’s crew on Sunday was made up of Chandler Washburn, Andrew Schutta, Noah Chaskin, Hank Forsythe, Sam Haber, Kaden Dohm, Duke Brady, Manriki Gagnon and coxswain Tera Geoffroy.
“This weekend was a good break from our fall training and allowed the team to compete against some of the best in the nation,” remarked lightweight head coach Shawn Bagnall. “We were pleased with both efforts in the eights this weekend. Anytime you can medal at the Charles is a good day. We look forward to getting back to investing in our spring season on Tuesday.”
On the heavyweight side of the equation on Sunday, the crew of Nathaniel Auzenbergs, John Lamb, Brandon Sagawinia, Thor Gignac, Andrew Knoll, Owen Firebaugh, Martin Duffy, Joseph Merkel and coxswain Nick Street recorded a time of 14:19.952 in the Men’s Championship Eights. That time ranked 23rd overall, 20th amongst collegiate programs.
“We were disappointed with our rows in Boston,” exclaimed heavyweight head coach Rob Friedrich. “We have young boats but we should have raced better and been more competitive with the other top colleges. This group is hungry and anxious to work hard, so I have no doubt we will be making the necessary improvements to get back in the mix.”
The entire Hubbard Hall fleet of heavyweight, lightweight and women’s teams will be in action next Sunday, Oct. 29 at the Princeton Chase.
Saturday, Event 18 – Men’s Club Eights (36 in field)
1: Boston U. – 14:32.582
3: Riverside – 14:42.331
4: Navy LWT – 14:46.005
7: Navy HWT – 15:04.403
Sunday, Event 46 – Men’s Championship Eights (26 in field)
1: California – 13:27.469
22: Drexel – 14:17.958
23: Navy – 14:19.952
Sunday, Event 46b – Men’s Lightweight Eights (16 in field)
1: Princeton ‘A’ – 13:49.679
6: Princeton ‘B’ – 14:15.085
7: Navy – 14:15.443