Crews make top 20 at Head of the Charles

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 22, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. --- The Colby College women's varsity eight finished in 15th place and the men placed 18th in the collegiate eight races at the Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday.

The women's team of Justine Scott, Mariah Hudnut, Austin Phillips, Annie Feutz, Carrie Curtis, Pam Dudley, Linnea Rooke, Allison Stewart and Val Friedman had a time of 17 minutes, 57.631 seconds in the 57-boat field in the three-mile race.

The Colby men's varsity had a time of 16:02.439 with Rob Zondervan, Jon Ferris, Matt Wallach,  Wally Sedgewick, Trevor Hardigan, Andy McEvoy, Devon Anderson, Spencer Crim and Michelle Easton in the boat.

Former Colby crew members also had some success at the regatta. Margaret Duggan '06 joined forces with Radcliffe graduate Sarah Bates to take first place in the under-23 women's double race. The pair had a time of 19:07.912 to win by about 15 seconds for the New York Athletic Club.

Ted Farwell '05 and Steve Whelpley '05 raced with the Penn Athletic Club and took fourth place in the men's championship eight race in 14:29.750. Meanwhile, Pete Morelli '02 was competing for the Riverside Boat Club and helped his crew take eighth in the men's lightweight eight race.

Former women's crew members Becca Reisman '06, Katie Lazdowski '02, Katie O'Neill '04, Erica Bauer '04, Allie Neumeister '05, Hillary Evans '01, Laura Mistretta '04, Megan Loosigian '05 and Katie Ward-Waller '02 joined forces to finish 25th out of 51 boats in the club women's eight race. The women did not even practice together, but still managed to finish in the upper half of the field with a time of 20:23.150.

Parents of past and present Colby crew members also got into boats at the competition. Shelly Gambino rowed for the Syracuse Chargers and they were 13th in the senior master's women's eight race in 22:50.995. Also, Tony Brooks and the Rude & Smooth Boat Club were 16th in the senior master men's eight race in 18:35.729.

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