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Bulldogs Top Collegiate Boat at HOC

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Yale Varsity Only Second to Team USA


BOSTON, Mass. – Despite gusty winds and frigid temperatures, Yale had an impressive showing at the 54th annual Head of the Charles Regatta, with boats finishing 2nd and 17th respectively. The USRowing Men's boat won the Men's Championship Eight event, three seconds ahead of Yale.


Yale's first boat, stroked by senior Charlie Elwes '19, maintained a controlled cadence down the Charles. During the final stretch Yale briskly walked through Cal, last year's winning team. Though Yale came in second overall, the Bulldogs were the top collegiate finisher. Yale (14:52.556) was followed by Brown (15:07.230) and Harvard (15:11.562).


Elwes said of the race, "We just had a great time out there. Definitely happy with the result, but we still have a lot of work to do this winter."


Yale won this event in 2015.


The Eli's second boat, stroked by senior Seth Bartlett '19, finished 17th, four places ahead of their starting position. The crew finished the course in 15:40.778.


If today's results are any indication, Yale looks strong for the upcoming spring racing season.


HOCR remains one of the biggest events in rowing, the Super Bowl of the sport. This year, the race hosted athletes from 43 states and 24 countries.





8:  Charlie Elwes '19

7: Leonard Jenkins '20

6: Daniel Williamson '22

5: Thomas Digby '20

4: Thomas Beck '20

3: Fergus Hamilton '22

2: Andrin Gulich '21

1: Orlando Nixon '21

COX: Vlad Saigau '20



8: Seth Bartlett '19

7: Matteo Sandrelli '21

6: Freddie Elwes '21

5: Garth Holden '20

4: Jonathan Winter '20

3: Noah Norman '22

2. Bobby Jahrling '21

1: Angus Morrison '19

COX: Woods Connell '20


By Izak Epstein '19, Sports Publicity Assistant. You can contact him at