Men’s and Women’s Crew: Crew teams take on the Charles

Men’s and Women’s Crew: Crew teams take on the Charles

By Jewel Della Valle

The men and women’s crew team rowed in the Head of the Charles Regatta this weekend and finished with mixed results.

The Head of the Charles is the world’s largest two-day rowing event featuring more than 7,500 athletes and drawing more than 300,000 fans every year.

The women’s team competed in three events: the Club Fours, Championship Fours and Championship Eights.

They finished with a time of 21:00:12 in Club Fours, placing eighth out of 29 boats. In the Championship Fours, they finished 17th of 21 boats with a time of 19:35:38. In the Championship Eights race, the top two boats were the U.S. National Team and the Canadian National Team, respectively, followed by seven universities. Northeastern placed ninth out of 46 with a time of 16:36:78.

“We feel like we’re right in the thick of the top 10 colleges in the country right now and that was sort of our goal,” said women’s head coach Joe Wilhelm. “We matched our performance goals in how we wanted to row the race [and] in the time we thought we could row it in. That matched where we thought we’d finish overall.”

The men’s team rowed in four events: Club Eights, Collegiate Eights, Youth Eights and Championship Eights.

“It was the first race of the year and we’ve been rowing together for about four weeks,” men’s head coach John Pojednic said. “This race is usually a good way to identify what type of a team we have.”

In the Club Eights, the men finished fourth out of 59 boats at 15:16:86. They also finished fourth out of 80 boats in the Youth Eights at 15:33:15. The men dropped to 20th out of 44 at 15:00:78 in the Championship Eights and 24th out of 61 in the collegiate eights at 16:10:18.

“[The races] show that we probably need to take a look at what kind of athletes we currently have on the team and figure out whether or not they’re good enough to be successful at a Division I level,” Pojednic said.

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