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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Dartmouth men’s lightweight rowing opened the 2016-17 season at the 52nd Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday, racing in the Varsity 4+ and Varsity 8+. 

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 placed sixth in the Varsity 4+ (19:00.55), finishing just four tenths of a second ahead of Harvard in seventh. Dartmouth got off to a good start and was fourth by the time it passed Riverside less than a mile into the three-mile race (4:34.66). Five minutes later, the Green – which were coxed by Eliza Hoffman and stroked by Michael Guadagno – were in ninth behind Harvard and Virginia, but when they got to the two-mile mark, Dartmouth had moved up to sixth.

In the Varsity 8+, Dartmouth finished in 12th place (16:48.40), leaving almost a second between it and Mercyhurst (16:49.2). The Big Green were coxed by Nikol Oydanich and stroked by Robert Van Voorhis and were starting to catch up to MIT by the end, but ended up completing the course less than 10 seconds behind the Engineers. 

Next Sunday, Oct. 30, Dartmouth will row in the Princeton Chase.

Lightweight 4+
Eliza Hoffman (C), Jeffrey Gao (B), Mark Widerschein (2), Wyatt Genasci-Smith (3), Michael Guadagno (S)

Lightweight 8+
Nikol Oydanich (C), Walter Banfield (B), Frederick Polak (2), David White (3), Daniel Perez (4), Will Allan (5), Henry Cawthorne (6), Ryan Robinson (7), Robert Van Voorhis (S)