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Head Of The Charles Sunday Race Previews 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
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31 Legs/Trunk/Arms Four 8:00 AM
Course Record: 21:44.431 (Capitol Rowing, Inc.) Competitors: 2
2010 Champion, Capitol Rowing (Bow 1) will look for their second win in this event but will have to hold off local crew, Community Rowing, Inc., at Bow 2.

32 Trunk/Arms Double 8:18 AM
New Event for 2011 Competitors: 7
Expect great competition in the inaugural running of this event with USRowing’s World Championship entry of Davis/Kapinowski leading the field with Bow 1. They’ll have to post a faster time than the Philadelphia Adaptive Rowing entry of Harvey and Schwanger who have a combined total of ten years of National Team experience.

33 Senior-Veteran Men’s Singles (70+) 8:37 AM
Course Record: 19:50.376 (Richard Kendall, 80, College Boat Club, 2010)
(All Times Adjusted by 12 Second per Year Over 70) Competitors: 31
Richard Kendall has lost this event only once since 2000 (he did not participate one year for health reasons). In 2010, he posted the fourth fastest time and with the adjusted handicap won by almost 50 seconds. Cambridge Boat Club sculler, Ben Jones, posted the fastest raw time in 2010 and will start with Bow 1. Carlo Zezza, the only other athlete to win this even in more than a decade will also challenge from Bow 3.

34 Senior-Veteran Women’s Singles (70+) 9:02 AM
Course Record: 24:45.236 (Jan Stone, 70, Pocock Rowing Center, 2010) Competitors: 9
(All Times Adjusted by 12 Second per Year Over 70)
Brooke Stevens moves up to this category from the Women’s Veteran Single and will start with Bow 1. Jan Stone, who posted the fastest raw and adjusted time in this event in 2010, will start with Bow 2 and look for her second win .

35 Veteran Men’s Singles (60+) 9:21 AM
Course Record: 19:24.32 (Christopher Collins, 68, Rivanna Rowing, 2001)
(All Times Adjusted by 8 Second per Year Over 60) Competitors: 53
Richard Anderson won this event in 2010 in his first year racing in the 60+ category. Also watch for 1969 World Champion Dick Curtis (Bow 38), and John Matthews (Bow 42), member of the 1976 US Olympic Team. Rob Slocum (Bow 39), winner of the Men’s Senior Master Double in 2010, could also challenge for the win.

36 Veteran Women’s Singles (60+) 9:48 AM
Course Record: 22:20.421 (Catherine Kemper, 65, San Diego RC, 2010)
(All Times Adjusted by 8 Second per Year Over 60) Competitors: 16
Catherine Kemper returns to this event after setting a course record in 2010. Lake Washington sculler and 2009 winner of this event, Susan Kinne, posted the fastest raw in 2010 and will start with Bow 1.

37 Youth Men’s Fours 10:20 AM
Course Record: 16:23.90 (U.S. Naval Academy, 1994) Competitors: 77
This field has been won by Canadian crews for the last five years with South Niagara taking the 2010 title. SNRC will lead with Bow 1 followed closely by strong US programs from Sarasota (Bow 2), Saratoga (Bow 4) and Northfield Mount Hermon (Bow 5). Look for a strong race from Abingdon School Boat Club at Bow 43, new to the Youth Four this year.

38 Youth Women’s Fours 10:47 AM
Course Record: 17:19.96 (Community Rowing Inc., 2001) Competitors: 75
The strong South Niagara program leads the Women’s Youth Four with Bow 1 after their 2010 win. Their best competition could come from Bow 3, Connecticut Boat Club, which started 52nd in 2010 and finished 3rd overall. Marina Aquatic Center will also threaten for the win from Bow 2. They won this event in 2009.

39 Master Men’s Singles (30+) 11:15 AM
Course Record: 18:16.9 (R. Spousta; 1984) Competitors: 18
Former Boston University student, Sweden National Team Member, and two-time winner of the Men’s Master Single, Bjorn Anders Holmberg will lead this field with Bow 1. He’ll have to hold off Erik Breiland, Bow 2, and 2007 Men’s Club Single winner, Igor Belakovskiy, Bow 3.

40 Master Women’s Singles (30+) 11:28 AM
Course Record: 19:55.24 (Cynthia Matthes, 1997) Competitors: 18
With last year’s winner, Olwen Huxley, moving to the Women’s Senior Master Single, Lisa Weise will start with Bow 1. Expect speed combined with Charles River know-how in bow 8, Amelia Booth, moving up from the Women’s Club Single. With a strong local contingent in this race, training and strategy will likely be deciding factors.

41 Youth Men’s Doubles 11:48 AM
Course Record: 16:58.864 (R. Steinhardt, M. Barasko, 2010) Competitors: 40
The Brentwood School returns with one of their athletes (Martin Barakso) from their winning double in 2010. They’ll lead a strong field including Narragansett Boat Club’s Wagner/Buchholz in Bow 4, 2011 USRowing Club Nationals champions. Keep an eye on Bow 2 out of Saugatuck, a club known for producing strong young scullers.

42 Youth Women’s Doubles 12:03 PM
Course Record: 18:59.400 (E. Sharis, B. Baustian, 2010) Competitors: 34
2010 winner, Elizabeth Sharis (Bow 1) of Y Quad Cities returns with a new partner, Callie Heiderscheit. This duo won the Junior Double at Club Nationals but will have to hold off Bow 3 Reelick/Seydoux of Swiss Club Lausanne. Reelick placed first in the 4x at Youth Nationals and 4th at Junior Worlds while Seydoux took home gold in the 1x, 2x, and 4x at Swiss Championships and 8th in the 4x at Junior Worlds.

43 Lightweight Men’s Singles 12:22 PM
Course Record: 17:24.8 (Paul Fuchs, 1984) Competitors: 30
With 2010 winner Chris Storm not returning to this event, the victory could go to any of these top lightweights. Jonathon Winter from the 2010 and 2011 US Lightweight Double, will shoot for the title as will last year’s 2nd place athlete and three time HOCR winner, Richard Montgomery. Watch out for dark horse Phil Henson, member of the 2011 U23 World Championship Lightweight Pair, from Dartmouth College in Bow 22. Local sculler Andrew Hashway could also challenge from Bow 19.

44 Lightweight Women’s Singles 12:34 PM
Course Record: 19:00.58 (Teresa Zarzeczny, 1992) Competitors: 28
Amber Cuthbertson of St. Catherines, Ontario, blew away the competition in 2010, winning by over 20 seconds. She’ll have to hold off Kristen Hedstrom of the US Women’s World Cup winning Lightweight 2x and Abbie Broughton of the 2010 US Women’s Lightweight 2x and 4x. Local dark horse Alexis Sneff of Riverside Boat Club (Bow 8) could also challenge. Also watch for Japanese sculler Yurie Fukuyama (Bow 20).

45 Youth Men’s Eights 1:08 PM
Course Record: 14:50.246 (Marin Rowing Association, 2010) Competitors: 75
Expect some serious racing in this event. Marin will be looking to hold on to Bow 1 after setting the record in 2010 and winning Youth Nationals, but Eton College (Bow 3) and Abingdon School Boat Club, 2010 Henley winners (Bow 6), of the UK will have some incredible speed. Community Rowing (Bow 15) will no doubt be on a mission to defend their home course. Keep an eye on St. Joseph’s Prep in Bow 8.

46 Youth Women’s Eights 1:33 PM
Course Record: 16:49.056 (Community Rowing, Inc., 2010) Competitors: 74
Local powerhouse Community Rowing, Inc. will lead the pack, coming off of their 2010 record-setting year. Marin of California, 2010 Youth National winners, will be a strong chase in Bow 2. Chicago stronghold New Trier High School (Bow 5) will hope to make a name for themselves on the east coast. As is par for the course in the Youth events, there is no telling where surprise speed may come from in the middle of the pack

47 Championship Men’s Fours 2:10 PM
Course Record: 15:34.40 (Princeton Training Center, 1997) Competitors: 17
USRowing will lead this field with Bow 1 and the line-up is rumored to be that of the US Pan American games entry. They’ll defend against strong collegiate crews from University of California (Bow 2), Stanford University (Bow 3), Harvard University (Bows 4 and 6), and University of Wisconsin (Bow 15).

48 Championship Women’s Fours 2:40 PM
Course Record: 17:37.4 (Danish Rowing Federation, 1997) Competitors: 20
With a diverse field of Club and Collegiate entries, watch for Brown University (Bow 1) to hold off fast club athletes from Riverside Boat Club (Bow 2), New York Athletic Club (Bow 10), and Vesper Boat Club (Bow 13). University of Virginia (Bow 4) and University of Texas (Bow 20) could also challenge for the win.

49 Championship Men’s Eights 2:31 PM
Course Record: 13.58.99 (USRowing, 1997) Competitors: 34
University of Washington returns with Bow 1 looking to become the first college to win back-to-back titles since Navy (1982-83). They’ll have to hold off Harvard University at Bow 2 with a strong home course advantage and the German U23 athletes at Bow 5. USRowing’s development entry in this event could also threaten from Bow 4.

50 Championship Women’s Eights 2:46 PM
Course Record: 15:31.08 (London Training Center, 2003) Competitors: 37
In 2010, Princeton University broke a ten-year streak of Women’s Championship wins from National Teams or International Crews. They’ll look for a second title but will need to hold plenty of water between themselves and the fast entries from Virginia, Brown, and Yale starting 2, 3, and 4 respectively. Also watch for no fewer than four Dutch entries with ASR Nereus, Skadi, AUSR Orca, and Minerva also eager to take the win.

51 Collegiate Men’s Eights 3:15 PM
Course Record: 14:43.373 (Florida Institute of Technology, 2010) Competitors: 40
This will be battle between Bow 1, Florida Institute of Technology, and Bow 2, Williams College. In 2010, Williams lost out on a three-peat to FIT and will be looking for the comeback. Bow 3, Trinity College will also be on the hunt for reclaimed glory, having won in 2004, 2005, and 2007. University of Virginia (Bow 4) has gained some serious speed over the past few years and will be looking for hardware to take back to Charlottesville.

52 Collegiate Women’s Eights 3:32 PM
Course Record: 16:24.219 (Williams College, 2010) Competitors: 29
Although Williams has been a fixture on the medals’ stand at NCAA Championships, capturing their sixth consecutive Division III title in May, they have only seen the HOCR Awards ceremony twice. Setting a new record last year, they will be back to establish a real name for themselves on the Charles. 2009 winners Grand Valley State University is back in the Collegiate event and will be a serious competitor. The second boat out of Williams (Bow 21) will have to keep an eye on GVSU, coming up from bow 23.

53 Lightweight Men’s Fours 3:50 PM
Course Record: 15:49.63 (New York Athletic Club, 2003) Competitors: 22
After pulling off an upset in 2010, Canadian crew Don Rowing Club will be back with a vengeance. They will have to face the 165-pound fury out of New Haven, Yale University, who claimed Bow numbers 1 and 2 in 2010. Speed will come from the north with a gaggle of Canadian crews: McGill University (Bow 3), Ottawa Rowing Club (Bow 14), McMaster University (Bow 16), Club d’Aviron Boucherville (Bow 17), and Argonaut Rowing Club (Bow 21), all strong contenders for the medal stand. Strong showings expected from Georgetown University (Bow 5) as well as hometown sweethearts Riverside Boat Club (Bow 6) and Harvard (Bow 8).

54   Lightweight Women’s Fours                          3:58 PM
Course Record: 17:54.864 (Undine Barge Club)                             Competitors: 14
This race will be electrified by the Philadelphia rivalry of Undine Barge Club (Bow 1) and Vesper Boat Club (Bow 13). All athletes in the German entry, Deutscher Ruder-Club von 1884 e.V., Hannover (Bow 11), participated in the German Championships and will certainly be prepared to race the HOCR. Radcliffe (Bow 7) is the only local crew in this geographically-diverse field. Will their Charles River savvy and new lightweight head coach be enough to best the speed of out-of-towners?

55   Lightweight Men’s Eights                              4:14 PM
Course Record: 14:09.921 (Princeton, 2010)                                 Competitors: 17
After setting a new course record in 2010, Princeton will return as the favorite. Yale, the 2010 IRA winner, poses a serious threat from the middle of the pack. Princeton should also have a sharp eye on the USRowing crew, a mix of rowers from the 4- and 8+ that competed at World Championships in Bled, Slovenia, this summer. As always, local powerhouse Harvard will be in tight contention.

56   Lightweight Women’s Eights                         4:23 PM
Course Record: 16:14.82 (Argonaut Rowing Club, 1992)                  Competitors: 9
University of Wisconsin, the only college to ever win this event, will be looking for a hat trick. Stanford, the 2009 and 2010 IRA winner, will hope to best Wisco after a 4th place finish on the Charles in 2010. Local lightweights out of Radcliffe (Bow 3) will have home-river advantage, giving them an edge over the out-of-town crews.


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10/21/2011  11:45:14 AM
Wisconsin lightweight women won in both 2009 and 2010, so a win this year would be a three-peat, not a hat trick. In 2008, the Badger light women finished first among college crews and third overall. Also, the Wisco light women set a new course record in 2010 of 16:06.102, beating the 18-year old record of the Argonauts by about 8 seconds.

10/22/2011  7:15:30 AM

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