Rowing to Compete at Head of the Charles

By Sara Elcano, Assistant Athletics Communications Director

SALEM, ORE. -- The Willamette University rowing team 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. 23-24.

Willamette's first boat will compete in the Women's Collegiate 4+ at 1 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, Oct. 23. The team is made up of coxswain Blair Davis (So., Portland, OR), stroke seat Caroline Cahill (So., Maplewood, NJ), 3 seat Lauren Henken (So., Boise, ID), 2 seat Larissa Stiglich (Jr., Vancouver, WA) and bow seat Sarah Ferrier (Jr., Seattle, WA).

Willamette's second boat will compete on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 11:20 a.m. (PDT) in the Women's Collegiate 8+ race. The team is made up of coxswain Linnea Schuster (Sr., Honolulu, HI), stroke seat Kate Pfeiffer (So., Redding, CA), 7 seat Jessie Lovell (So., Edina, MN), 6 seat Marguex Hunter (So., Ridgefield, WA), 5 seat Stina Thorburn (Sr., Boulder, CO), 4 seat Geneva Hooten (Sr., Vancouver, WA), 3 seat Jenna Chiono (So., Summer Lake, OR), 2 seat Sarah Schroeder (Jr., Wilsonville, OR), and bow seat Gwen Hryciw (So., Portland, OR).

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.

The Women's Collegiate 4+ will compete on Saturday, Oct. 23.

The Women's Collegiate 4+ will compete on Saturday, Oct. 23.