October 23, 2011

Men's Rowing Records Two Top 10 Finishes At The Head Of The Charles

BOSTON, Mass. – The Holy Cross men's rowing team competed in two races at the 47th Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday and Sunday on the Charles River as the Crusaders recorded top 10 finishes in both events. Holy Cross placed ninth out of 52 boats in the club four race on Saturday and then finished seventh out of 40 boats in the collegiate eight competition on Sunday. The Head of the Charles is the world's largest two-day rowing event.

On Saturday the Crusaders recorded a time of 17:48.96 in the club four race as Don Rowing Club (16:34.55) placed first. And then on Sunday, the Crusaders posted a time of 15:32.977 in the collegiate eight race. Williams finished first with a time of 15:09.568.

"The team had a good weekend in Boston," said head coach Todd Pearson. "Our entry in the club four was comprised of guys in the second varsity and in spite of practicing in the lineup only twice had a nearly perfect row to finish ninth. Their fitness and toughness really paid off and I was really happy for them. Our collegiate eight was comprised of our varsity and I felt they had the speed to potentially be medalists in the event, however our starting position of #22 would make it hard to get to the medal stand. Indeed, our starting position caught up to us on the last turn when a crew that we were passing impeded our progress forcing the Holy Cross boat wide. This cost us perhaps as much as 10 seconds, which leaves all of us feeling a bit frustrated since we finished about two seconds off of third place as it stands. This is the way that the Head of the Charles goes, and we understand that. I know that all of us rowers and coaches are just more focused than ever to have a good week of preparation for the Princeton Chase, where we'll finally line up against EARC competition for the first time this year."

The Crusaders return to action when they will compete at the Princeton Chase Regatta on Sunday, Oct. 30 on Lake Carnegie.

Club Four Race 
Holy Cross:
Tom Gallant, Colin Hayes, Sean O'Neill, Dan Ryan, John Gentile (coxswain).

Collegiate Eight Race 
Steve Burison (coxswain), Jordan Traub, Anthony Curro, Peter Prominski, Henry Van Damme, Peter Dwyer, Nick Forgione , Andrew Cecchetti, Pat Rapuano