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Rowing Prepares for Head of the Charles

53rd Head of the Charles Regatta on Oct. 21-22 (PC: Steve Slade).
Oct. 19, 2017


STORRS, Conn. –
On Saturday and Sunday, the UConn rowing team will participate in the 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass. – one of the biggest and most prestigious events of the calendar year for collegiate rowing programs.

The Huskies, led by 21-year head coach Jennifer Wendry, will receive a challenging test when it competes on the Charles River against some of the most elite rowing competition throughout the country.  

Since its inception in 1965, the Head of the Charles has welcomed the world’s best crew teams, attracting over 11,000 athletes and tens of thousands of spectators. It will be the first time the Huskies hit the water since the Head of the Riverfront on Oct. 1.

“We are very excited to have four entries accepted this year. The Head of the Charles is definitely a bucket list event for any rower,” said Wendry. “The team has worked hard through the selection process and those racing are very excited to represent UConn at this prestigious event.”

UConn has a pair of races on each day, beginning Saturday with the Women’s Club Fours (1:57 p.m.) and the Women’s Club Eights (2:37 p.m.). On Sunday, the Huskies will compete in the Women’s Championship Fours (1:30 p.m.) and Women’s Championship Eights (2:22 p.m.).

In the 52nd edition of the regatta, UConn raced in the Women’s Club Four and finished in sixth place out of 59 boats in a stellar performance, led by senior Courtney Dawless, junior Julia Schnelting and junior Jun Takeda.

The Huskies will look for another successful outing this weekend, following five top-10 finishes at the Riverfront earlier this month. UConn’s roster features 37 underclassmen and 31 upperclassmen, a balance of youth and experience.


The UConn rowing program has rescheduled the date of its 20th Anniversary Tailgate to Nov. 4 in the parking lot of Pratt & Whitney Stadium, prior to UConn football’s home game against USF. All rowing alums are encouraged to attend and see old friends for a fun day in East Hartford, Conn.

All information for the event can be found HERE and questions can be directed to assistant coach Kathy Les ( Time of the event is TBA, but will begin two hours before kickoff, when it is announced.