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Boston three-party - Badgers win three races at the Head of the Charles

<b>The Badgers won the lightweight eight for the third-straight year at the Head of the Charles</b>

The Badgers won the lightweight eight for the third-straight year at the Head of the Charles

Oct. 23, 2011

•  Full Results  |  Men's Recap  |  Openweight Women's Recap

MADISON, Wis -- For the third-straight year, the Wisconsin lightweight women's eight won their race at the prestigious Head of the Charles regatta in Boston.

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 men’s four and 2008 Wisconsin alum Kristen Hedstrom also won their races on Sunday.

Wisconsin won the women’s lightweight eight race for the third-straight year and fifth time in the 21-year history of the race. After setting a record time last year, their newest win looked easy as the Badgers won by more than 23 seconds. Stanford and Radcliffe finished one second apart in second and third places. Having also won in 2000 and 2001, UW remains the only college team to ever win the race.

“It was a rough week of preparation because of all the wind we had at practice,” lightweight head coach Erik Miller said.  “They went out and were aggressive and looked strong. I was pleased with how they performed on a challenging course.”

Current Badger lightweight rower Taylor Fries came in eighth of 22 in the championship women's double. Fries was racing unaffiliated with Oregon State's Tina Vernazza. The duo finished in 19:40.87, but received a 10-second penalty for missing a buoy.

Former Badger rower and world cup champion Kristin Hedstrom dominated the women’s lightweight single race, winning by nearly 40 seconds over Abelyn Broughton. UW alum Claire Wallace finished 18th.

“Kristin had an amazing race and it really was fun to see,” said Miller, who watched her catch the five boats that started ahead of her.

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 Double
1. Goldsack/Daley: 18:40.29; 2. O’Leary/Garnier: 18:43.91; 3. Robinson/Hochman: 18:45.29; 8. Vernazza(Oregon State)/Taylor Fries(Wisconsin): 19:50.87

Women’s Lightweight Single
1. Kristin Hedstrom: 19:54.77; 2. Abelyn Broughton: 20:34.21; 3. Alexis Sneff: 20:46.81; 18. Claire Wallace: 21:43.21

Women’s Lightweight Eight
1. University of Wisconsin Lightweight Women: 16:53.08; 2. Stanford University: 17:16.14; 3. Radcliffe Crew: 17:17.19

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