Heavyweight Rowing Takes to the Waters at Head of the Charles

Head of the Charles Regatta Website

On Sunday, during the nation's largest two-day regatta, Penn's heavyweight rowing team will send two boats to the start line in the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Mass. The Championship Fours are scheduled to start at 2:24 p.m. while the Championship Eights are scheduled for a 2:45 p.m. start.

On what is expected to be a truly New England-style autumn day - forecasts call for a sunny day with an average temperature of 58 degrees around the time Penn's crews will launch - the typical large crowds can be expected along the banks of the Charles River on Sunday to cheer on the Quakers boats which are looking to improve upon their 2010 showings at the HOTC.

Last year, the Eights finished 35th after a costly interference penalty pushed their time back by one minute. Their actual finishing time of 14:26.077 was only about 25 seconds behind first-place Washington. In the Fours, Penn was 12th overall.

On Sunday, the Eights will take on 33 other crews in the race, with national powers Washington, Wisconsin, Navy and Cal joining the other seven Ivy schools in the race. The Fours will be in a race featuring 16 other boats, with the favorite being the US Rowing boat which is the defending champion.

Penn's Boatings for the Head of the Charles
Championship Eights
Cox: Matthew Mildenberg
Stroke: Matthew Jackson
7: John McCluskey
6: Kevin Kennedy
5: Matthew McPeak
4: Mitchell Stein
3: Nick Kowalski
2: Brian Young
1: Clyde Nickens

Championship Fours
Cox: Eric Kim
Stroke: Chris Martin
3: Daren Frankel
2: Andrew Wolfram
Bow: Jeffrey Schimmel