CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Dartmouth women’s rowing opened the 2016-17 season at the 52nd Head of the Charles Regatta. The Big Green had a fifth-place finish in the Club 4+ and a 13th-place finish in the Club 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.
In their first race of the weekend, the Club 4+, the Big Green placed fifth out of the 59 boats entered to earn a medal (19:37.1). Dartmouth got off to a good start, despite the challenging conditions due to the wind, and was right up there with the likes of Penn and Wisconsin, which placed first and second and left over 15 seconds between them and the rest of the field. The Green’s boat –stroked by Olivia Bono and coxed by Jasmine Williams – finished less than two seconds behind Potomac (19:35.35) and a second ahead of Connecticut in sixth (19:38.85).
Forty minutes later, Dartmouth raced in the Club 8+, taking 13th in the incredibly close race with a final time of 17:50.92, finishing seven tenths of a second behind Boston University (17:50.13) and a mere five one-hundredths of a second ahead of Holy Cross (17:50.98). The Big Green were stroked by Samantha Hawley and coxed by Wendy Huang and was filled almost entirely by rookies, rowing hard over the final mile to complete the course in the top 15.
Dartmouth will return to the water on Sunday for the Championship 8+.