Rowing Has Strong Finish at Head of the Charles

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

BOSTON, MASS. -- The Willamette University women's rowing team competed on Sunday, Oct. 18 at the Head of the Charles Regatta. Willamette's collegiate 8+ finished in ninth place in its race on Sunday afternoon.

Willamette, which got an at-large bid in the women's college 8+ race, finished less than one minute behind the winning boat from Grand Valley State University (Mich.). Willamette finished the race with a time of 18:42.633. Grand Valley State crossed the line in 17:47.325. A total of 35 teams competed in the race.

Head of the Charles Regatta
Boston, Mass.
Oct. 18, 2009

Oct. 17-18, 2009

Willamette's WV8+ crew included 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).

On Saturday, Oct. 17, Willamette's entry in the women's collegiate 4+ finished in 14th place with a time of 20:57.067. The team, which had received an automatic bid into the race, was 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) and bow seat Libby Tobey (So., Salt Lake City, UT). Trinity College won the race with a time of 19:15.668. There were 29 teams competing in the race.

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.

Willamette will finish off their fall schedule on Sunday, Oct. 25 in Portland, Ore. The team will compete in the Portland Fall Classic/Charlie Brown Regatta on the Willamette River. Action begins at 8 a.m. (PDT).

The Bearcats earned ninth place in the women's collegiate 8+ at the Head of the Charles Regatta.

The Bearcats earned ninth place in the women's collegiate 8+ at the Head of the Charles Regatta.