Rowers Travel to Boston for Head of the Charles Regatta

By Sara Brooks, Assistant Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6219

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University rowing teams will compete in two races at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass., which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18.

Willamette's first boat will compete in the Women's Collegiate 4+ at 4:31 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, Oct. 17. The team, which received an automatic bid, is made up of coxswain Erica Soma (Jr., Scotts Valley, CA), stroke seat Marguex Hunter (Fr., Ridgefield, WA), 3 seat Sarah Ferrier(So., Seattle, WA), 2 seat Heidi Hunt (So., Bellingham, WA), bow seat Libby Tobey (So., Salt Lake City, UT).

Willamette's second boat, which got an at-large bid, will compete at 1:38 p.m. (EDT) in the Women's Collegiate 8+ race. The team is made up of coxswain Linnea Schuster (Jr., Honolulu, HI), stroke seat Sarah Schroeder (So., Wilsonville, OR), 7 seat Kelsey White (So., Camp Sherman, OR), 6 seat Hilary Andrus (Sr., Chimacum, WA), 5 seat Gwen Hryciw (Fr., Portland, OR), 4 seat Geneva Hooten (Jr., Vancouver, WA), 3 seat Lea Griggs (So., Woodbury, MN), 2 seat Karina Hoogstede (So., Poulsbo, WA), and bow seat Hannah Waller (So., Bozeman, MT).

The Head of the Charles Regatta is the world’s largest two-day rowing event. It began in 1965 and was established by Cambridge Boat Club members along with the rowing instructor at Harvard University. As with other “Head Races,” the HOCR features three-mile events with teams in each category starting sequentially about 20 seconds apart. Winners receive the honorary title of "Head of the Charles." This year, more than 7,500 athletes will participate in 52 events, including master's, collegiate, club and youth races. The HOCR became a two-day event in 1997. It typically attracts up to 300,000 spectators along the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass.

Events begin at 7:45 a.m. (EDT) each day. Races are scheduled to begin virtually non-stop until the final race gets underway at 4:35 p.m. on Sunday. Willamette will be boating out of the Cambridge Boat Club.

Members of the Willamette rowing team that are not traveling to Boston will be competing at the Head of the Silcox in Tacoma, Wash. The Bearcats will have six boats compete in Tacoma on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Last year, Willamette's WV4+ celebrated with President M. Lee Pelton after placing 11th at the Head of the Charles Regatta.

Last year, Willamette's WV4+ celebrated with President M. Lee Pelton after placing 11th at the Head of the Charles Regatta.