Rowing takes part in record-breaking Head of the Riverfront Regatta
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 22:10
On Sunday Oct. 6, the UConn women’s rowing team competed in the 15th annual Head of the Riverfront Regatta, which is located alongside the Connecticut River. The women’s team was a part of history as the 15thannual event featured a record-breaking 3,000 rowers and 608 boats. The race course is 2.25 miles long and takes each boat about 20 minutes to finish. The types of races that occur at a usual regatta are called eights, fours, doubles and singles, as each number refers to the number of competitors in the boat.
In the women’s first college eight-plus final, the Huskies finished second with a time of 16:50:45, which stands for 16 minutes, 50 seconds and 45 milliseconds. Finishing in first place was Trinity College, who beat UConn by 22 seconds and 88 milliseconds.
“The first race of the season was amazing,” freshman Claire Kennison said after her first race with the team. “We had two boats place second and a boat place first. I am so proud of the performance and we all rowed very well. UConn row for Gold.”
The “UConn row for Gold” is the official hash tag of the women’s rowing team as they are trying to be more active in social media. In the other eight-plus race, UConn got the best of Trinity College, grabbing first, fourth and fifth place, with Trinity grabbing second and third. The first-place boat, led by junior Elise McCormick, finished with a time of 17:10:59, beating the second place boat by five seconds.
UConn faired very well in the women’s college four-plus, grabbing second, fifth and eighth place out of nine. The second place boat, led by senior Charlotte Kelley, finished with a time of 17:33:58 losing by 10:39 to Trinity College. The other two boats were led by sophomore Marissa Minor and junior Liz Tomasco. After a solid showing in the first regatta of the year, the team looks forward to another strong performance on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Head of the Charles in Boston.