Rowers Prepare to Battle it out in Boston

Wednesday, October 09, 2019 - By: Milla W, Allard ‘21

In the few weeks since school has begun, 10 of our top Brentwood rowers have found themselves battling against the elements (and the ergs) in preparation for the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. Two quads will be attending the HOC on the 19th and 20th of October to race amidst nearly 11,000 other rowers from junior, club, collegiate, and national teams.

The course they will be following is hugely challenging as it twists and turns over 4800-meters. Throughout the course, there are several 90-degree turns and one 180-degree turn in the final kilometer which they will have to face. This waterway also runs along the riverbanks of both Boston University and Harvard, which they will tour while in Boston.

The Head of the Charles is the world’s largest two-day rowing event and was held for the first time in October, 1965. The HOCR attracts tens of thousands of spectators who can view the crews while looking down from one of six bridges that the rowers will pass under.

To be chosen to race the HOCR is no small feat and every single one of these rowers has been working diligently in order to prepare themselves. The coaches, Ms Biesenthal and Mr Crawley, who have made this possible are so admired by our crews for all of the hard work they have put into our rowing program.

The female athletes being sent to row this 5km head race include Emily N our coxswain, Shaelyn L, Sarah G, Keeva O, and Milla W. Our Brentwood men’s crew includes Edward L as coxswain, Karl D, Max H, Thomas L, and Bob B.

Karl D, Rogers ‘21 says “Going back to this regatta again for a second time gives me a lot more confidence in myself and my crew as I already know how the event goes down and I am excited to be attending once more.” Coxswain Emily N, Allard ‘22 says “I’m super excited to go to Boston because I think that this race is really going to challenge me and make me better! I believe our crew is going to do well since everyone has been working so hard to prepare!”

Besides just racing, rowers will have the opportunity to go on university tours of Boston schools which adds more excitement to the trip! I know every one of these people involved are incredibly enthusiastic about this and immensely grateful for this chance to gain more experience and heighten their rowing careers.

Milla W, Allard ‘21

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