Rowing completes successful day at 40th Head of the Charles
BOSTON -- Competing in the worlds largest two-day rowing event, the University of Texas women's rowing team captured 13th place in the Championship Eight race, while the Longhorns' first varsity four boat placed 12th in the Championship Four competition at the 40th annual Head of the Charles Regatta on the Charles River in Boston, Mass. on Sunday.
The Longhorns' varsity eight boat finished with a mark of 12:45.167, finishing in the top 20 for the fifth consecutive year in the Championship Eight at the prestigious regatta. Texas was the ninth-best finisher among university crews in a race that featured 42 boats. Holland's A.S.R. Nereus won the event with a time of 12:06.663, two seconds ahead of runner-up Princeton University who finished in 12:08.312. Yale University, USRowing and the University of Virginia rounded out the top five.
"The Head of the Charles is always such a great experience for our team," said head coach Carie Graves. "We performed quite well for a race this early in the season. Each boat rowed a good, hard race and made we made some improvements from last year. So, I am happy with their effort today."
The Longhorns' first varsity four boat raced in Championship Four competition and placed 12th out of 20 boats - and ninth among university crews - with a time of 14:24.996. London Training Center captured the win for the second-straight year, finishing with a time of 13:32.448, with Vesper Boat Club and the University of Victoria placing second and third, respectively.
The Longhorns return to action next weekend on Saturday, Oct. 30, when they race at the Head of the Colorado at Town Lake. The race will mark the first competition for the Longhorns' novice squads.
Women's Championship Eight Top Five Finishers
Women's Championship Four Top Five Finishers