Head of the Charles

October 15, 2015

BOSTON, MA  – On Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16, select members of the University of Michigan Men's Rowing Team travelled to Boston, Massachusetts to compete in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta. The Charles is the largest two - day regatta in the world, and attracts approximately 400,000 spectators annually. The team raced a Collegiate 4, which competed on Saturday, a Collegiate 8, and a Championship 8, both of which competed on Sunday. An Alumni 8 and an Alumni 4 also raced for Michigan on Saturday.

The first race for the program came in the early afternoon Saturday, with the Alumni 8 racing at 12:32 PM. The crew, which featured 2012 Olympian Tom Peszek '07 at stroke, finished an impressive fifth place with a time of 15:54.404. The crew had fastest time to Weld, and the second - fastest time to Riverside, but a late collision with Crabtree (Cambridge alumni) hurt the crew's time, which was less than ten seconds behind winner Northeastern. Later Saturday, the Alumni 4 (racing in the Club 4 event), placed 38th in a crowded 53 - boat field, finishing in a time of 19.21.979.

The squad's last race of the day on Saturday was the Collegiate 4. The crew finished in a time of 18:03.735, good for 12th in the 46 - boat field and less than ten seconds behind 11th - place Bowdoin.

On Sunday, the Collegiate 8 tried to defend UM's 2014 title in the event. However, with the top boat entered in the Championship 8, the Collegiate 8 was not the squad's priority crew, and the boat finished 16th with a time of 15:55.553. The event was largely populated by the priority crews from other programs, and Michigan was behind only perennial rival Drexel amongst second crews.

The team's top entry raced in the Championship 8 event on Sunday, where they faced top crews from varsity programs, international clubs, and an entry from the United States National Team. The crew finished 15th with a time of 14:56.858, only 0.193 behind the 14th - place University of Pennsylvania. UM was the 12th priority crew to finish, and the top club program. The Wolverines beat varsity programs such as Navy, Georgetown, Dartmouth, and Drexel. It was Michigan's first time racing in the event since 2011, and their 15th - place result tied the 1998 crew for UM's highest finish ever in the event.

The crews will rejoin the squad in Ann Arbor, where they will continue training before leaving for the Head of the Eagle on Friday, October 30.



   Championship 8    Collegiate 8    Collegiate 4     
   C - Demi Shanahan    C - Maddie Boisvert    C - Chelsea Tistle     
   S - Alex Brown    S - Toby Buth    S - William Denman     
   7 - Alika Ziker    7 - Grey Braybrooks    3 - Damian Rotarov     
   6 - William Burstein    6 - James Garay    2 - Levi Godin     
   5 - Mitchell Tyson    5 - Ben Sonnega    B - Scott Griffith     
   4 - Ben Rebertus    4 - Jake Presto        
   3 - Jordan Shore    3 - Michael Griffin        
   2 - Colin Darnton    2 - Lakin Vitton        
   B - Ian McGraw    B - Ben Getz