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Women's Varsity Eight Cruises to a 6th Place Finish at Head of the Charles

Photo Courtesy of Geoff Bolte
Photo Courtesy of Geoff Bolte

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After being idle for three weeks, the Wesleyan women's crew competed in the two-day 54th Annual Head of the Charles Regatta. On Sunday, the Varsity Eight boat placed sixth of 28 in the Women's Collegiate Eights. The 2017 Women's Collegiate Eights Champion, Bates, won the event for the second-straight year with a time of 18:18.054.

Since it's inception in 1965, the Head of the Charles has become a prestige race, attracting hundreds of thousands of rowers to the banks of the Charles River. 


  • The Charles River had tough conditions during the race on Sunday, with high winds and rough water. Despite this, the Varsity Eight boat crossed the finish line with a time of 19:15.840, good for sixth place. There were just five seconds separating Wesleyan from third and fourth place finishers, Ithaca and Smith College.
  • Just a half an hour later, the Wesleyan Women's Varsity 4 boat competed, placing 11th overall in the 40-team field with a time of 22:02.002, ahead of Little Three rivals Williams and Amherst.
  • On Saturday, the Women's Club Fours finished 34th in the 52-boat field with a mark of 20:36.125. The event featured a number of Division I programs, including top-three finishers, Marist (18:44.285), Tennessee (18:44.443) and Dartmouth (18:56.453).
  • The women's team also had an alumni boat race in the Women's Alumni Eights on Saturday, placing 28th out of 36 with a time of 19:31.977.


  • The Cardinals will conclude their fall campaign next Saturday at Head of the Fish in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.