On Sat.-Sun., Oct. 19-20, the men's crew traveled to Boston, Mass. for the 49th running of the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta. Continuing what has turned out to be an outstanding fall season, the men’s varsity eight raced to a fifth-place finish among the 40 crews in the collegiate 8 race on Sunday. Trailing only Division 1 clubs Drexel, Michigan, and Virginia, along with rival Williams College, this was Wesleyan’s best showing in the event since 2007. Last year’s crew placed eighth in the same event. Coming through with the tremendous row was the crew of cox Andie Kleeman '16 with rowers Mike Queenan '17, Ben Record '15, Noah Solomon '14, Chris Nanda '16, Peter Martin '14, Nick Petrillo '14, Sam Factor '14 and Ethan Currie '15. With a strong headwind through much of the course, the crew rowed an aggressive race, finishing the three-mile event in 15:42.27. This placed them in front of traditional New England rivals such as WPI, Bates and Trinity.
“With a lighter crew and the heavy winds, we had some concerns,” said Head Coach Phil Carney. “We had an aggressive race. The guys handled the conditions really well, and kept to the plan. We saw some outstanding steering by Andie and that is a huge factor in this race every year. In all, the crew performed extremely well, and we look forward to racing once more in Saratoga this coming Saturday.”
On Saturday in Boston, a second Wesleyan crew composed of cox Max Dietz ’16, with rowers Keegan Dufty ’14, Peter Cornillie ’15, Colin Mattox ’17 and Stephen MacNeille ’15 participated in the collegiate 4 race, placing 17th among the 38 entries. This was also a strong performance, racing against many other teams top athletes, and earned the Cardinal crew a guaranteed entry into the 50th anniversary regatta next year.
The fall action concludes as the team heads to Saratoga Springs, N.Y. for the annual Head of the Fish Regatta on Sat., Oct. 26.
(photo by Arya Alizadeh '13)