Crusaders Compete in International Competition

Oct. 24, 2006

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 Collegiate Eight, the Men's and Women's Lightweight Eight and the Men's and Women's Championship Eight events.

The Holy Cross Men's Second Varsity Eight competed in the Men's Collegiate Eight event. The boat finished 31 of 58 boats with a time of 16:20.127 and included four sophomores and two freshmen. Most of the boats in this race were Collegiate Varsity Eights, and the Crusaders certainly held their own, beating teams such as the University of Minnesota and the University of North Carolina. The Holy Cross Lightweight Eight finished 17 of 26 boats with a time of 15:38.189, beating Harvard's lightweights by less than three tenths of a second. The Men's Lightweight Eight race was extremely competitive and included the New York Athletic Club and the Canadian National team, who took first place.

The Men's Championship Eight event is one of the premier events at the Head of the Charles Regatta and only the top boats from the top programs are accepted into this event. The Holy Cross Men's Varsity eight, made up of senior coxswain Elle Carolan (Wayne, Pa.), senior-captain stroke Albert Monte (Philadelphia, Pa.), junior Mike Cutting (Rockville, Md.), senior Kevin Crowley (Brockton, Mass.), senior Dan Goulet (Watertown, Conn.), senior Benjamin Konicki (Foster, R.I.), senior Mathias Weiden (Yonkers, N.Y.), senior Rob Schwab (Athol, Mass.) and junior Christopher Piltin (Medford), finished 38 of 44 boats with a time of 15:26.918. The Men's Varsity Eight finished ahead of the annually strong University of Pennsylvania and Minerva Bath Rowing club, a competitive team from the UK. The US National team finished first, followed by the University of Washington.

The Holy Cross Women's Second Varsity Eight competed in the Women's Collegiate Eight event. Like in the men's event, the women's Collegiate Eight was comprised mostly varsity eight boats. The Crusaders rowed to a strong finish, placing 38 of 57 boats with a time of 18:45.678. The women's Lightweight Eight competed together for the first time this fall in the Lightweight Eight event. The Crusaders came out with a one minute penalty as there was a small collision under one of the bridges. The women finished in 14th place with a time of 19:28.

The Women's Championship Eight event was the last event of the day. The Holy Cross Women's Varsity Eight also raced in this event and finished 39 of 45 boats with a time of 17:32.988. The Women's Varsity Eight included sophomore coxswain Katie Donnelly, sophomore stroke Clare Bracikowski (Nashville, Tenn.), senior-captain Megan Russell (Andover, Mass.), sophomore Maura Hogan (Holliston, Mass.), junior Valerie Jackson (East Lyme, Conn.), sophomore Johanna Cubelli (Boonton Township, N.J.), sophomore Elisabeth Flaherty (Lincolnwood, Ill.), junior Meghan Quinn (Philadelphia, Pa.), and junior Erika Furtado (Dayton, Maine). The Crusaders finished only two tenths of a second behind the University of Connecticut and beat University of North Carolina as well as the University of Delaware. The US National team won the event and other prestigious competitors included Princeton University and the University of Virginia.

Both Holy Cross teams will compete at next weekend's the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia, Pa. Races are scheduled to start at 8:00 am on Saturday, October 28.

Click Here for complete results from the Head of the Charles Regatta.