Oct. 23, 2011
• Full Results | Lightweight Women's Recap | Men's Recap
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's rowing team returned to Boston and the famous Head of the Charles regatta for the first time since 2003.
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, men’s four and 2008 Wisconsin alum Kristen Hedstrom all won their races on Sunday.
The openweight women finished fifth in a tough race of 37 boats and made sure to enjoy the experience. “They really did a great job and had a great time doing it,” women’s head coach Bebe Bryans said.
An especially tough race for coxswains, Kendall Schmidt had a great race. “It was a good race and very well coxed by Schmidt,” Bryans said. “She had a couple of dicey situations that she had to make some really quick decisions in and steered a flawless course and coxed a great race. It will set us up really well for the springtime.”
UW also had a boat in the women’s alumni eight, comprised of rowers from several different eras. Coxed by former Badger coxswain and current lightweight assistant coach Heidi Hunsberger, Wisconsin finished ninth out of 30 in a respectable 18:49.69.
Former Badger rowers Vicky Opitz and Grace Latz came in first in the women's championship four race, defeating the University of Virginia by more than 12 seconds. Opitz and Latz were competing with the Vesper Boat Club from Philadelphia.
The openweight women will conclude 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)
Women’s Alumni Eight
1. Friends of Brown Women’s Crew: 17:15.01; 2. University of Virginia Alumni: 17:25.56; 3. Ithaca College: 18:05.13; 9. University of Wisconsin Alumni: 18:49.69
Championship Women’s Eight
1. University of Virginia: 16:11.52; 2. Radcliffe Crew: 16:19.63; 3. University of Michigan: 16:22.01; 4, Yale University Crew: 16:24.04; 5. University of Wisconsin Women: 16:28.31