Rowing improves at Head of the Charles
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 22:10
Over the weekend, the UConn rowing team competed in the largest two-day regatta in the world, the Head of the Charles, in Boston. On Sunday there was a high swirling wind that made it harder to compete, compared to Saturday when there were 29 races and 20 course records set. The Huskies raced twice on Saturday, competing in the Women’s Club Four and the Women’s Club Eight. In the Women’s Club Four, the women placed 27th out of 47. The race was 4,800 meters, and they finished with a time of 20 minutes and 25 seconds, one minute and 46 milliseconds behind first place, Fordham University. The UConn Club Four boat is led by sophomore Kaitlin Anderson. The Women’s Club Eight boat finished 21st out of 29th with a time of 18:24:14. Radcliffe won the race with the time of 16:41:93, one minute and forty-two seconds ahead of the Huskies, led by freshman Arielle Sherman-Golembeski.
On the second day of the regatta, the Huskies competed in the Women’s Championship Eights, and finished 35th. The boat led by sophomore Audrey Kelley had the time of 18:54:55, a little less than three minutes behind first place, Cambridge. When asked about how she felt about the Championship Eight boat’s performance, coach Jennifer Sanford-Wendry stated that she “was happy with how the Varsity 8 rowed today. We beat a few schools that we will see this spring at the American Conference championship. They raced well.” Captain Natalie Carlone was also happy with the performance, saying, “There was a lot of wind that affected the course, but we kept working to fight off crew, so it was great to push ourselves on a course like that. Overall, the Champ 8 was pleased with our results because we came out ahead of teams that we typically compete against in the spring, like Rutgers, Temple and Villanova.”
The next regatta for the Huskies is next Saturday, Oct. 26 in Philadelphia at the Head of the Schuylkill. When asked about what they can focus on during the week to improve, captain Chelsea Zabel said, “I think this week our main focus is going to be on swinging together and placing our blades in together. The more connected a boat, the better it will be.” This will be the final time for the Huskies in the fall, as they look to improve and keep getting better.