Oct. 20, 2013
BOSTON, Mass. - Minnesota's 1V8+ finished 16th among 39 competitors in the Women's Championship Eights at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday afternoon.
The Gophers' crew of coxswain Taylor Gainey, Katherine Windsor, Lynn Hodnett, Elisabeth Bott, Ellen Hughes, Sarah Sobek, Sara Scarbro, Lisa Weeks, and Chelsea Miller covered the three-mile course on the Charles River in 17:26.138.
Minnesota finished 13th among collegiate teams in the event, as host Cambridge Boat Club (15:59.549) narrowly defeated US Rowing (16:00.750), with London (Ontario) Training Center taking third place in 16:16.336.
"I am very happy with how we performed today," Minnesota head coach Wendy Davis said. "We had a very solid race, passing five boats and working very hard to maintain the best possible course."
The University of Virginia was the top collegiate team, finishing in a time of 16:36.529. Michigan (17:08.728) and Wisconsin (17:10.717) of the Big Ten finished eighth and ninth overall, respectively.
The Gophers finished among a group of Ivy League schools, as Princeton, Cornell, Penn and Brown were the four teams directly ahead of Minnesota, and Columbia and Princeton's B team finished just behind the Maroon and Gold.
"The Charles is such a great venue, with the crowds everywhere, including trying to launch before the race," Davis said. "Everything the rowers experience here is such an eye-opener to racing at the best of your ability amidst the chaos."
The appearance at the Head of the Charles was the first for Minnesota since it finished 13th in the same event during 2007. This year's HOCR was the 49th. The two-day regatta is among the world's largest, drawing more than 2,000 entries and a field of more than 9,000 competitors.
Minnesota will wrap up the fall portion of its schedule when its varsity and novice teams travel to Iowa City for the Head of the Iowa next Sunday, Oct. 27.
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