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Rowing with Strong Performance at Head of the Charles

Oct. 24, 2016


BOSTON, Mass. –
The UConn women’s rowing team took to the Charles River on Saturday afternoon to compete in the Head of the Charles Regatta on a cloudy, raining day in the northeast – and turned in an outstanding performance.

The Huskies raced in the Women’s Club Four and finished in sixth out of 59 boats, a stellar finish in just the second competition of the fall for head coach Jennifer Wendry’s team.

Racing in the four was sophomore Jun Takeda as coxswain, senior Katie Ullinger (1), sophomore Julia Schnelting (2), senior Arielle Sherman-Golembeski (3) and junior Courtney Dawless (4).

“This year’s Head of the Charles was one of the more exciting races we have ever competed in,” said Wendry. “We started in the middle of the pack with bow number 26 and proceeded to pass many crews. At one point, the announcer was quoted as saying, ‘the University of Connecticut is on fire’.”



During one part of the race, according to Wendry, UConn was passing four boats at the same time. Thought it was quite a hurdle, the Huskies pushed through with added adrenaline.

“It was a lengthy process selecting the top five athletes from our team to represent UConn at this regatta, and they did not disappoint. It was a great performance with great results and I couldn’t be more proud of how they handled various challenges along the way,” said Wendry.

The Head of the Charles, in its 52nd edition, is one of the most prestigious rowing events in the world. Annually, it welcomes the world’s best crew teams, attracting over 11,000 athletes and tens of thousands of spectators.

Coming off a strong showing at the Head of the Riverfront back on Sunday, October 2, the Huskies participated in their second competition of the fall season. UConn recorded one first-place and three second-place finishes in Hartford.

All five rowers who participated at the Head of the Charles also competed at the Riverfront Regatta, including Dawless, who teamed up with junior Rachel Signor for a first-place finish in the Open 2x.

On Saturday, the Huskies wrap-up their fall season at the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, Pa. UConn will have five eights racing on the Schuylkill River that day.