BOSTON, Mass. - The Holy Cross Men's and Women's rowing teams competed in the annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass. this past weekend. The Head of the Charles is the largest two-day regatta and attracts the best teams from around the world. The Crusaders competed in some of the most competitive events offered, including the Men's and Women's Club Eight, the Men's Lightweight Eight, and the Men's and Women's Championship Eight events.
On Saturday, Holy Cross finished 17 of 68 boats in the Men's Club Eight Race with a time of 16:02.913. The Crusaders' beat several impressive teams in this race including teams from Wesleyan, Brown, and Boston University. The Men's Club Eight is composed of freshmen coxswain Mary Carol Madigan, sophomore Gaven Ehrlich, sophomore DJ Estes, sophomore Terry Therrien, sophomore Garette Pearce, freshmen Grant O'Conner, junior Kevin Cummings, senior Will Bogdanowicz, and junior Christian Bratton.
In the Women's Club Eight Race, the Crusaders placed 20th out of 51 boats with a time of 18:23.417, beating MIT, Colgate, Sacred Heart, and Tufts. The Women's Club Eight included junior coxswain Katie Donnelly, senior captain Allison Kaufman, freshmen Katie Byrns, senior Alex Dempsey, junior Ashley Fish, junior Lindsey Donovan, senior captain Erika Furtado, junior Meredith Maylsz, and sophomore Jessica Ripp.
On Sunday, Holy Cross placed 23 of 28 boats in the Men's Lightweight Race with a time of 16:44.612, finishing in front of Marquette University Rowing Club, Northwestern, and two of Harvard University's boats. Competing in this race was sophomore coxswain Scott Dube, Christopher Sieck, sophomore Sean Brimmer, freshman Pete Haney, Teddy Doyle, sophomore Colum Wieden, sophomore Eddie Pinero, Brian Arnold, and freshman Michael Taher. The New York Athletic Club finished first in the race for the second year in a row.
Closing out competition in the men's events, Holy Cross finished 38 of 44 boats in the Men's Championship Eight Race with a time of 15:43.906. The National Rowing team finished first with a time of 14:03.711, followed by the University of Wisconsin, Brown, Princeton, and the University of California-Berkeley closing out the top five. Being one of the most competitive event at the Charles, and competing against many national teams, the Crusaders were pleased with their solid finish.The Men's Championship Eight Race team included sophomore coxswain Chris Hayden, senior captain Michael Cutting, senior Chris Lynett, senior Tim McCue, junior Erick Winstead, junior Wade Lucas, sophomore Matt Grace, sophomore Dan McGlinn, and junior Adam Furlong.
For the final women's event, Holy Cross finished 32 of 39 boats in the Women's Championship Eight Race with a time of 17:53.487. The U.S. Rowing Team-Princeton Training Center finished first with a time of 15:26.572, followed by the London Training Center, University of Michigan, Yale, and the University of Tennessee. The Crusaders were pleased to finish ahead of George Washington University, Rutgers, and Fordham. Competing in this event included sophomore coxswain Caroline Krug, sophomore Mara Piltin, junior Clare Bracikowski, junior Lis Flaherty, junior Johanna Cubelli, senior captain Valerie Jackson, sophomore Monika Mangsen, junior Kelly St. Germain, and junior Maura Hogan.
Holy Cross was scheduled to compete at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa., on Saturday, October 27, but that event was cancelled due to the weather. The fall portion of the Crusaders' season is now complete.