Women's Rowing Posts Top 10 Finish At The Head Of The Charles

Laura Alves

BOSTON, Mass. – The Holy Cross women's rowing team competed in three races at the 47th Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday and Sunday on the Charles River. The Crusaders placed eighth out of 21 boats in the club eight race, qualifying Holy Cross for a spot in that race next year. The Head of the Charles is the world's largest two-day rowing event.

On Saturday, the Crusaders placed 28th out of 45 boats in the club four race with a time of 21:19.63. Boston University finished first with a time of 19:49.42. Then Holy Cross tallied a time of 18:42.11 in the club eight race as Tennessee (17:41.48) placed first. On Sunday, the Crusaders placed 17th out of 20 boats with a time of 20:08.83 in the championship four race. The Vesper Boat Club finished first with a time of 18:21.85.

"We were very happy with our rows on Saturday," said head coach Patrick Diggins. "All the athletes came off the water happy with their performances and our places proved they were right. Unfortunately, we didn't have the same good fortune on Sunday. We had a very rough start and were never able to get into our rhythm in the championship four and didn't perform nearly as well as we could have. As a whole weekend though, we're very happy with the progress that we're making. We're looking forward to heading to Philadelphia next weekend for the Head of the Schuylkill and continue our progress."

The Crusaders return to action when they will compete at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia on Saturday, Oct. 29. Last year Holy Cross tied for first with Trinity for the points title.

Club Four Race 
Holy Cross:
Kristina Giangrande (coxswain), Elizabeth Tobey, Kelsey Marakovits, Ali Finn, Sally Quinn.

Club Eight Race 
Holy Cross:
Jill Sollazzo (coxswain), Bridget Schirripa, Jackie Hanna, Kate Diggins, Meaghan Pedlow, Mollie Sydlowski, Simone Blanchard, Laura Alves, Jackie Esperti.

Championship Four Race 
Holy Cross:
Amanda Woodgate (coxswain), Aleks Torres, Kate Broderick, Catherine Roy, Beth Charron