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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Dartmouth heavyweight rowing opened the 2016-17 season at the 52nd Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday and Sunday. The Big Green claimed a first- and sixth-place finish on the first day of competition. 

The Head of the Charles is the largest two-day regatta in the world, with 11,000 athletes rowing in over 1,900 boats in 61 events. It attracts roughly 400,000 spectators during regatta weekend.

The Big Green set the tone for the weekend by placing first in the Club 4+ (16:57.86), beating out the other 49 boats entered in the event. Stroked by James Mahoney and coxed by Jake Rauh, Dartmouth trailed behind Harvard by a few seconds for almost the entirety of the race, catching up with less than a mile to go at the Cambridge Boat Club (14:07.11). The Green finished six seconds ahead of the Crimson with their time of 17:04.20. 

Half an hour later, Dartmouth came in sixth place in the Club 8+ (15:44.39), completing the course half a second behind Riverside (15:43.62). The Big Green –stroked by Mark Levinson and coxed by Emma Cooper – got off to a great start and were a few seconds behind the Crimson when they were at the half-mile mark (3:33.65). Harvard started to pull ahead after that, putting over 30 seconds between it and the competition. When Dartmouth neared the end of the course, it was in sixth, which is where it would stay for the remainder of the race.

The Big Green will return to action on Sunday with the racing of the Championship 8+.

Club 8+
Emma Cooper (C), Mark Levinson (8), Weston Gordon (7), William Berkowitz (6), Oliver Bub (5), Liam Davidson (4), Ben Wisdom (3), Brendan Caltavuturo (2), Jake DellaPasqua (1)

Club 4+
Jake Rauh (C), James Mahoney (4), Jon Scott (3), Luke Hudspeth (2), Christian Frey (1)