Oct. 23, 2011
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MADISON, Wis. -- For the second time in three years the Wisconsin men's four won their race at Boston's famous Head of the Charles regatta.
With nearly 9,000 rowers and 2,000 boats competing in 61 races, some of the best rowers in the world competed on Boston’s Charles River and the Badgers were among the competition.
The lightweight women’s eight and 2008 Wisconsin alum Kristen Hedstrom also won their races on Sunday.
When men’s head coach Chris Clark previewed the men’s chances at the Head of the Charles, he admitted “it won’t be pretty and maybe not even that fast, but the oars will be punished.” Clark added the team would stick to their race plan, which was simply, “go like heck.”
That race plan worked well, as Wisconsin won the championship men’s four race. After only practicing together once as a four, the Badgers finished the three-mile race in 16:12.69, 15 seconds ahead of second-place California. They reclaimed their title after winning it in 2009 and not racing in the event last year.
“How exactly it happened, I don't know, but it was impressive," Clark said. "This was the most surprising of any of the successes we have ad here in the past several years, it was fun to see.”
In the men’s eight, the Badgers finished tenth in a strong field of 34 boats. Harvard had the best time through all three checkpoints and won in 14:17.68. Wisconsin was in fifth after the first split and seventh after the second and third splits. They ended with a time of 14:48.25.
The Badger men will continue their fall season next Sunday at the Head of the Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.
Head of the Charles
October 22-23, 2011
Charles River (Boston)
Championship Men’s Four
1. University of Wisconsin Men: 16:12.69; 2. University of California-Berkeley: 16:27.89; 3. U.S. Naval Academy: 16:28.85; 4. Harvard University: 16:31.36; 5. USRowing: 16:32.36
Championship Men’s Eight
1. Harvard University: 14:17.68; 2. USRowing: 14:23.31; 3. University of Washington: 14:26.18; 10. University of Wisconsin Men: 14:48.25