Rowers Post Strong Showing at the Head of the Charles
Oct. 23, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. - The Navy rowing teams competed at the prestigious Head of the Charles on Sunday in Boston, Mass., where they combined to place three boats in the top-10 of their respective races. The 47th-annual regatta included both collegiate and international crews.
The Navy heavyweights put together two solid performances in both the championship eight and four races.
"All-in-all, we held our place in the varsity eight and the four boat moved up dramatically from last year," said Navy heavyweight head coach Rick Clothier. "Not a bad day's work."
Navy's spectacular run in the championship fours race yielded a third-place finish with a time of 16:28.85. The Mids nearly topped Cal, the race's second seed, as they finished less than a second behind the Bears. Wisconsin won the race with a time of 16:12.69.
The heavyweights also had a strong showing in the championship eights race where they finished in 12th place, identical to last year. While the Mids' time of 14:52.19 was slower than last year, they finished ahead of several college crews, including Columbia, Yale and Syracuse.
The Navy lightweight boats also performed well on Sunday with a pair of top-seven finishes.
"Our goal was to finish in the top-five percent to guarantee a spot for next year and we did that today," said Navy lightweight coach Steve Perry. "I was pleased with the outcome and was very happy with the effort. Having graduated 12 guys last year, this was a great opportunity for guys to show what they've learned since last season. Our two coxswains both did a tremendous job today."
In the four race, Navy placed fifth with a time of 17:16.80, which was the third-fastest time of any collegiate team in the race.
The Navy lights started 16th in the eight race and rowed strong as they clocked a 15:10.34 and edged Dartmouth by .41 for seventh place.
The U.S. national team won the eight race with a time of 14:27.74 and Harvard was the top-finishing collegiate crew as it posted a 14:41.87.
The women's team caught a few tough breaks as both boats finished in the bottom half of their respective races.
"Both of our boats got forced to the outside - neither race was clean for us," said Navy women's had coach Mike Hughes. "We'll have a chance to redeem ourselves next weekend though and should have a cleaner run and get a better idea of our speed."
In the championship fours race, Navy started eighth, but got caught on the outside near the end of the race and finished 16th with a time of 20:07.44. Holy Cross finished just behind Navy in the 17th spot (20:08.33), while Vesper Boat Club took first with a time of 18:21.85.
Like the championship fours race, the women's eight boat also found itself on the edge near the end of the race and wound up finishing 32nd with a time of 17:43.77.
The men's heavyweight and lightweight crews will be back in action at the Princeton Chase next Sunday, while the women's team will compete at the Head of the Schuylkill on Saturday.