UVic rows to victory in Head of the Charles
The Vikes rowing team had a great time in Boston earlier
this month at the 38th annual Head of the Charles Regattathe largest
single day regatta in the world.
UVic rowers captured two podium finishes with a first
place in the lightweight womens fours and a second place in
heavyweight womens fours. The men also finished a strong twelfth
place against a very tough field.
The 2002 race pitted approximately 7,000 rowers and
1,500 boats against one other, and attracted up to 350,000 spectators.
The lightweight fours crew of Lindsay Jennerich, Lysanne
Lavigne, Sheryl Preston, Amy Herlinveaux, and coxswain Natalie Hanak
took the top spot on the podium with a time of 18 minutes and 52.2
seconds, shaving 32 seconds off last years winning time. The
victory was the first ever for a UVic womens 4+ shell.
Starting from the 21st position, the heavyweight womens
four stroked their way to a second-place finish. Rowing in the boat
were Emily Poupart, Romina Stefancic, Emily Ledingham, Andrea Davis,
and coxswain Sarah Walsh. They finished with a time of 18:58.19,
four seconds ahead of last years race winners from Germany.
The mens eight finished just out of the top 10,
ending up in 12th place with a time of 15:22.6. The U.S. mens
national team won the race in a time of 14:53.2.