Oct. 19, 2003
The women's crew team had a strong showing at the annual Head of the Charles regatta in Cambridge, Massachussetts, finishing as the top collegiate team in the Championship Eights and in 8th place in the Championship Fours.
"They are a strong crew that handled the pressure of starting between 2 national team crews," said Head Coach Will Porter. "They are not really rowing well yet--which is good, because there is plenty of speed to be gotten."
In the Championship Fours, the women finished with a time of 18:42.217, good for eighth out of 22 teams participating.
"The Charles is not something that we gear up for, we just try to race it up on the day of the event."
In the Eights race, Yale had an impressive performance, coming in at 4th place out of 40 teams with a time of 16:08.259.
The London Training Center won both events, with times of 17:27.356 and 15:31.082, respectively.
"We won last year and we found it put a target on our backs for the spring season," Porter said. "The challenge is how we handle the expectation of being fast. Our plan is to let it go and focus on being the best we can be."
The Head of the Charles regatta is one of the most famous crew races in the world, and draws participants from all over the United States and other countries.