Brown, Penn Lead Men's Rowing at Head Of The Charles
Portions courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications, Penn
Athletic Communications and Princeton Athletic
Photo courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications
BOSTON -- Ivy League men's rowing posted a
strong showing at the 49th Head of the Charles Regatta®,
highlighted by Brown capturing the Club Eights title in a record
time for the second year in a row and Penn winning its first title
at the prestigious regatta in 47 years.
The Bears' freshman crew kicked off the first day of competition in grand fashion, setting a new course record in the Club Eights race with a time of 14:26.7, finishing over 14 seconds faster than its own record-setting crew from last year. Boston University finished second, 13 seconds back in 14:39, while Northeastern placed third in a time of 14:51.
Harvard's heavyweight crew took third overall -- and first among collegiate squads -- in the Championship Eights event. In an incredibly competitive event, the Crimson posted a time of 14:43.027, narrowly behind OTC Amsterdam (14:41.171) and USRowing (14:42.653). Other Ivies in this race included Brown (seventh), Yale (11th) and Princeton (13th).
In the lightweight competition, Penn made history on the Charles River as its lightweight crew captured the Lightweight Fours race for the Quakers' first win at the event since their lightweight eight won there in 1966. The crew of Sam Shaw, Roman Schuster, Parker Lange, Jacques David and Alex Weinrich got off to a great start and were solid through the middle 1,000 before a strong finish in 17:33.142. The Quakers finished two seconds before Yale, 20 seconds ahead of the third-place boat and more than a half minute in front of the remainder of the field.
Princeton's 'A' boat won the Lightweight Eight event in 15:03.554, more than eight seconds faster than reigning national champion Harvard, which finished second. Yale, which took third, finished more than 18 seconds behind the Tigers. The final was packed with Ivies as the Crimson's 'B' boat was fifth, Cornell sixth, Columbia seventh and Princeton's 'B' boat was ninth.