Heavyweight Rowing Makes Waves at Head of the Charles

Head of the Charles Results

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One the biggest day for rowing in the United States, Penn's heavyweight rowing team continued to show that it is sculling in the right direction, finishing 12th out of 28 boats in the Championship Eight on the Charles River at the 48th Head of the Charles Regatta. The result is Penn's best at the regatta since a 16th-place finish in 2005.

The finish is an improvement of 11 places from 2011 - and marks a 24-place improvement at the Head of the Charles since a tumultuous row in 2010. The Quakers finished the head race in a time of 15:06.60, just 0.26 seconds behind 11th-place Wisconsin and just under four seconds away from a top-ten finish. Washington was declared the champion after a disputed finish where the Huskies had to sweat out a jury deliberation which led the overturning of a 10-second penalty on the Huskies. The 10-seconds were all Washington needed to edge defending champion Harvard by over five seconds. The confusion stemmed from an incident on the course where Washington's boat was brought to a complete stop by an unyielding US Rowing boat. The overturned penalty was called on the Huskies for missing a buoy, but officials determined after the race that the missed buoy was not Washington's fault.

Last weekend at Navy Day, Penn made strides on annual foe Navy. On Sunday at the Head of the Charles, the Quakers moved past the Midshipmen. Navy finished in 15th, 7.5 seconds behind a surging Quaker crew.

The Red and Blue set a tone for future cup races this spring, finishing the Head of the Charles ahead of annual rivals Yale (6.7 second margin), Cornell (7.9 second margin) and Columbia (27.2 seconds).

In the Championship Fours, Penn finished 16th out of 19 crews in a time of 18:09.56.

Penn's eight was consisted of coxswain Louis Lombardi and rowers (in seat order) Matthew McPeak, James Senese, Matthew Jackson, John McCluskey, Harry Holroyd, Joseph Simon, Mitchell Stein and Kenny Nickens.

The Red and Blue are back on the water Oct. 28 at the Princeton Chase.