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UConn Rowing Competes at the 50th Head of the Charles

Laura Webster and the UConn 4+ finished eighth overall in a field of 61 on Saturday afternoon.
Oct. 19, 2014

BOSTON - The University of Connecticut women's rowing team raced in the Club 4+ event at the 50th Head of the Charles in Boston, Mass. on Saturday, Oct. 18. The Head of the Charles is one of the most prestigious rowing events in the world, drawing in high school, collegiate, masters, and elite competitors from all over the world.

The UConn 4+ was comprised of seniors Kate Hughes, Laura Webster, and Elise McCormick, junior Audrey Kelley, and freshman Rachel Signor

"The Head of the Charles is often a coxswains race," said Husky head coach Jen Wendry. "With so many turns in the course and so many boats in the race, it is hard to travel the shortest course to the finish line. The famous race course takes crews through five turns and seven bridges, making steering and speed equal determinants for the best teams. Our coxswain did a great job executing the best path for us given what was happening around her. We started 25th and passed a few crews along the way. That's what makes the Head of the Charles so exciting for the athletes and so different from how we race in the spring."
The Huskies finished eighth overall in a field of 61 entries, guaranteeing them an entry for next year.

"The team was a little slower off the line than we wanted to be but rowed well once we found our rhythm about a half mile into the race," Wendry noted. "Finishing eighth out of 61 is a strong finish and I'm happy we earned a guaranteed entry for UConn for next year with that finish."
The Huskies wrap up their fall season on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, Pa.
UConn Club 4+ - Elise McCormick (cox), Audrey Kelley (stroke), Laura Webster (three), Rachel Signor (two), Kate Hughes (bow).
1st - Fordham Univ. (18:19.191)
2nd - Thompson Boat Club (18:45.235)
3rd - Univ. of Wisconsin (18:47.969)
4th - Riverside Boat Club (18:49.943)
5th - Boston Univ. (18:53.191)
6th - Lake Union Crew (18:57.221)
7th - Clemson Univ. (18:58.773)
8th - UConn (19:04.569)
9th - Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (19:06.851)
10th - Edmonton Rowing Club (19:07.719)
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