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Men's rowing looking forward to Head of the Charles test

Two members of the Bates men's rowing team geared up for this weekend's Head of the Charles during a morning practice last week.

Two Bates men’s crews will be competing amongst top rowing programs from across the country at this weekend’s Head of the Charles Regatta, known as the world’s premier fall regatta. Bates will be represented in the Collegiate 4+ on Saturday and the Collegiate 8+ on Sunday.  Held from October 23rd through 24th, the Head of the Charles attracts a uniquely diverse field of crews each year, with athletes representing a variety of countries and regions. The Bobcats will be facing strong competition, including Williams College, Trinity College, and several other NESCAC schools.

The Head of the Charles features two full days of racing, which take place along a winding, 3-mile long course. Often deemed one of the most challenging in all of competitive rowing, the race course begins in the Charles River Basin and then cuts through multiple bridges and sharp turns.

Last year, the Bates men placed 15th out of 38 boats in the Collegiate Eight event. Bates’ best ever finish in the Collegiate Eight event was ninth in 2007. This year’s crew, hoping to best last year’s results, is comprised of the following student-athletes: (Coxswain) Gabe Silverman ’11, Peter K. Miller ’12, Peter Haley ’13, Peter C. Miller ’12, Andre Gobbo ’13, Jordy Winslow ’13, Jason Weeks ’11, Joseph Nowak ’11, and Matt Johns ’13.

The men also have an entry in the Collegiate Four, where they will compete against a number of strong crews. This is Bates’ first entry in this event for a long time so the crew will look to obtain automatic qualification for next year.  Harry Chung ’11 will lead first-years Jon Frye ’14, Hank Schless ’14, Garland Ditz ’14, and Joseph Santos ’14 (coxswain) down the Charles.

Head of the Charles website: http://www.hocr.org//home/default.asp