PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania heavyweight rowing team will compete in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday, taking to the water alongside some of the elite crews in collegiate and international rowing.
The Red and Blue will enter an eight and a four in the 51st edition of the Head of the Charles. Last year, Penn’s varsity eight was 13th among collegiate boats entered in the HOTC, and 20th overall.
The regatta will be the first action for the Quakers under the new Nicholas B. Paumgarten Head Coach of Heavyweight Rowing, Geoff Bond.
Penn will have a new-look eight entered on Sunday, with a new coxswain and eight new oarsmen set to compete.
Senior Jacob Mendelson will continue Penn’s recent run of Team USA coxswains manning the V8. Fresh off a summer where he was coxswain for the U.S. pair with coxswain at the Senior World Championships, Mendelson will replace Louis Lombardi, a two-time medalist at the U23 World Championships with Team USA.
Connor Davenport is the lone senior in Sunday’s eight, joined by juniors Elliot Bok and Kevin Kelly as the three upperclassmen in the boat. Four sophomores – Joel Kagan, Henry Rogers, Ethan Stinner, and Roel Van Broekhuizen – have moved to the V8 after a bronze medal finish at IRAs last May. A freshman, Andrew Barnish, will also see seat time on Sunday at Head of the Charles in his first collegiate row.
The Quakers will have a senior-laden four entered on Sunday, with seniors Matthew Wagener, Chris Matyjek, and Peter St. Michael joining sophomores Mihir Dekhne and Michael Dudum (coxswain) in the boat.
Penn Boatings for Head of the Charles
Cox: Jacob Mendelson
Stroke: Henry Rogers
7. Joel Kagan
6. Roel Van Broekhuizen
5. Ethan Stinner
4. Elliot Bok
3. Andrew Barnish
2. Kevin Kelly
Bow: Conor Davenport
Cox: Michael Dudum
Stroke: Peter St. Michael
3. Chris Matyjek
2. Mihir Dekhne
Bow: Matthew Wagener