BOSTON, MA - The Iona College women's rowing team opened up its 2016 campaign at the Head of the Charles event in Boston Massachusettes. Driving rain and strong winds were not enough to dampen the spirits of Iona Women’s Rowing Team as they competed at the 52nd annual event
Brown University won the event, crossing the finish line in 16:50.417. Syracuse, Radcliffe, Northeastern, and Penn followed to complete the top-5. Fordham, CRI, Riverside, Drexel, and Old Dominion rounded out the top-10 finishers.
“Our women faced some adversity with clashing of oars, and competing on a highly technical course for the first time as a boat,” assistant coach, Catharine Labine, said. “In spite of the challenges, the boat executed their race as planned.”
The Head of the Charles is a three-mile “head race,” in which boats race single file against the clock. Faster boats are allowed to pass their competitors. What makes the Head of the Charles so unique is its six bridge passages, and its 180-degree declining-radius turn. The largest regatta in North America, the Head of the Charles attracted 820 universities and clubs from all over the world, and boasted 2,256 boat entries.
The Gaels are back on the water next week to compete in the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 8:00 AM.