Seven Caspersen Crews Compete in Boston’s Prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta
October 22, 2012
Seven crews represented the Caspersen Rowing Center this past weekend at the 48th Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. Run over a three mile course on the Charles River, the Head of the Charles is considered to be the one of the premier fall rowing races in the world. Over 2,200 boats representing 22 countries and 37 states participated in this year’s event, making it also one of the largest rowing regattas in existence. Lawrenceville School, Peddie School and the Mercer Rowing Program all had crews that traveled to Boston to compete in the Head of the Charles this year.
The fall head racing season in rowing is very similar to cross country in track and field. Events are run on longer courses, many of which have turns and bridges which the crews have to navigate. The courses are also longer, usually three to four kilometers rather than the standard two kilometer sprint race. Crews start off approximately 15 seconds apart and race against a clock. The goal on the race course is to try and pass as many crews as possible while not allowing your boat to be passed by another crew. The Head of the Charles course is particularly challenging since crews must navigate a course containing seven bridges, five major turns, a narrow river which is crowded with other competitors.
On Saturday, October 20, the Mercer Masters women’s four with coxswain competed in the 50+ age group. The crew comprised of Kirstin Appelget, Cass Cohen, Susan Voorhees, Sharon Waters and Elizabeth Carey and finished 16th out of 28 entries with a time of 21 minutes 46 seconds. The Mercer Men’s Masters eight with coxswain finished 20th out of 24 crews in the 40+ age category in a field where many of the boats fielded an Olympic rower. Miles Truesdell, Kris Grudt, John Ward, Charles Gilbert, David Potts, Michael Vaccaro, Kirk Lombardi, Phil Charles and Katrina Stough finished with a time of 18 minutes 25 seconds.
On Sunday, October 21, Lawrenceville School and Peddie School both had crews competing in a field of 85 Youth Men’s four with coxswain entries. The Peddie School, Michael Burke, Seotaek Lee, Danial Chang, Paul Harary, and Brennan Feldman, started in the 73rd position and finished in 54th place with a time of 18 minutes 37 seconds. Lawrenceville School finished in 64th place with a time of 19minutes and 1 second. The Lawrenceville boats was composed of Ryan O’Rourke, Clayton Meyer, Bradford Taylor, Grant Simon and Hajoo Lee.
In the Men’s Youth eight with coxswain race the Mercer Junior Boy’s finished 18th out of 85 entries with a time of 16 minutes 26 seconds. Sean Kelly, Cameron Ward, Joe Shavel, Kyle James, Tim Lee, Brad Mills, Daniel Kennedy-Moore, Jack Gleim and Matt Perez made up Mercer’s entry in the M en’s Youth 8+.
The Mercer Women’s Youth 8+ was in 15th place going into the final turn of the race got caught in a traffic jam and was hit by another boat forcing the crew to a stop. The girls were able to regain their composure, and finished the race in 31st place out of a field of 85 crews. Rowing the course in a time of 19 minutes 28 seconds were Rena White, Vicki Jorgenson, Laura Foster, Madeline Day, AJ Edenzon, Hayley Bork, Tess Bodden, Rachel Calabro and Noa Rothstein. By finishing in the top half of the field, both of the Mercer Junior crews have guaranteed the Mercer Program entries in their respective events next year.
The Princeton National Rowing Association, a 501c3 organization, operates the Finn M.W. Caspersen Rowing Center located on the shores of Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey. The Princeton National Rowing Association is dedicated operating a world-class training site for our nation’s elite athletes, providing opportunities for area youth to excel in the sport of rowing and to expand rowing in the greater Mercer County area through community based programs. The Mercer Junior Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for the youth from over 25 Mercer County area high schools. The center is a home to the USRowing National and Olympic Teams, as well as rowing clubs and schools, including the Hun School, Lawrenceville School and Peddie School.