GW Rowing to Be Well Represented at Head of the Charles Regatta
Both Men's and Women's Programs Racing Championship Fours at World-Famous Regatta
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WASHINGTON - Both George Washington's men's and women's rowing programs will compete this weekend at the 52nd Annual Head of the Charles Regatta on the Charles River in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Boston Alumni Network, in conjunction with the GW Department of Athletics, will be hosting a two-day alumni event in Reunion Village. The cost is $10 per day or $15 for a two-day pass. Price includes entrance into Reunion Village each day, as well as food and beverages at the GW tent. For more information, click here.
The Head of the Charles Regatta was founded in 1965 and has evolved into the largest two-day rowing event in the world. This year's event features 2,257 boats representing 28 countries around the world. The event routinely draws upwards of 300,000 spectators each year.
The men's rowing team will race a coxed four in the Championship Four event on Sunday at 1:48 p.m. The crew will consist of coxswain Ellee Watson, stroke Ben Delaney, Jonathan Ghaul, Joseph Gorman and Hugh Tribe.
Three of the oarsmen - Delaney, Ghaul and Gorman - were part of GW's crew that raced at last year's Head of the Charles and finished fourth overall in the 14-crew field. Additionally, all four of the oarsmen competed over the summer at the Royal Henley Regatta.
"The three oarsman competing, Ben, Jon and Joe, are returning for the second year in a row, which is huge for them," said men's head coach Mark Davis. "They are bow number six in the field out of 18 crews, and the second U.S. University that will start, which speaks to their skill level. They are in position to have a good row. If they perform as they are capable, they will have a great race. They have been rowing well in practice and getting better with each go. The experience of being there is big. They know what to expect and that is important as this is a different kind of race than what we normally compete in during our regular season. We haven't been on the Charles River since this race last year. It is always great to get our GW Men's Rowing brand out there as much as we can. This is the largest regatta in the world so just to compete is a huge deal to us, but to be able to finish in the top half of a race is even better and that is what we are hoping to accomplish on Sunday."
The men's team will also race an Alumni 8+ boat on Saturday at 12:12 p.m. The boat will consist of coxswain Connor Barley, Alex DelSordo, Kasey Colander, James Stafford, Keenan Freyburg, Joe DeLeo, Travis Reed, Sean Fago and Rob Berns.
On the women's side, the Colonials will also compete in the Championship Fours event on Sunday at 2:02 p.m.
The format for each race consists of crews lining up and starting in 15-second intervals down the 3.1-mile course. The course runs from the Boston University boat house and ends just before the Northeastern Boathouse along the Charles River.
"I am really excited to take our team back up to Boston to compete at the Head of the Charles," said women's head coach Eric Carcich. "We have a lot of alumni, as well as prospective student-athletes, in the Boston area so to fly our flag on the banks of the Charles River is a great opportunity for our program. Our rowers are really looking forward to it. It is known as a 'rowers weekend' as opposed to a 'coaches weekend.' It is an absolute blast for the athletes. This regatta is a difficult challenge, logistically. You can't practice on the race course on Saturday. It is just a line up and race kind of event. This is a 3.1-mile course that navigates through Powerhouse Stretch, through a few S-turns, past the Harvard boathouses, past the Cambridge boathouse and finishing just before Northeastern's boathouse. It is a classic row with one very sharp turn at the Weeks Footbridge, a famous spot for spectators to watch. Crews and coxswains that take that turn very well can make up some time, or can misread it and lose a lot of time by going wide. It is very much a coxswain's course, meaning it is one of the more difficult steering courses in all of rowing."
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