Bears Have Solid Showing at Head of the Charles

Oct. 27, 2004

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In its first racing of the year, Cal men's crew competed at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 23-24.

The Cal Freshman (c. Steven Ostrow, 8. Charlie Smith, 7. Gordon Gitsinger, 6. Jan Tize, 5. Sebastian Scheiter, 4. David Naughton, 3. Max Wyatt, 2. Greg Mason, B. Marko Marajanovic) placed second in their event with a time of 11:38.5, just over 10 seconds behind Harvard. After clashing oars and having to stop rowing when Boston University failed to give the right of way when being overtaken by the Bears, Cal recovered for the runner-up finish.

The Varsity Four (c. Tim OConnell 4. Matt Carmody, 3. Toby Smith, 2. Justin Ishida, b. David Puder) took eighth overall, finishing in a time of 12:41.6.

Rounding out the day, the Varsity Eight (c. Sam Deutsch, 8. Marko Knezevic, 7. Milan Bruncvik, 6. Pete Maiden, 5. Gary Champaign, 4. Elliot Hovey, 3. Vaclav Vochaska, 2. Troy Kepper, b. Deaglan McEachern) finished its race in fourth place with a time of 11:01.0, just behind the Cambridge University Boat Club, the Dutch Rowing Federation and Princeton University.

'I am pleased with the performance of our crews,' said head coach Steve Gladstone. 'They all gave good, solid efforts and we all look forward to being competitive in the spring.'

The Head of the Charles Regatta, the world's largest two-day rowing event, was first held on Oct. 16, 1965. The race was established by Cambridge Boat Club members D'Arcy MacMahon, Howard McIntyre, and Jack Vincent, with the audience of Harvard University sculling instructor Ernest Arlett. Arlett proposed that a 'head of the river' race, similar in tradition to races held in his native England, be held on the Charles River.

'Head' races, a class of regattas, are generally three-mile long boats race against each other and the clock, starting sequentially approximately 15 seconds apart. Winners of each race receive the honorary title of 'Head of the River' or, in this case, 'Head of the Charles.'

The next race for the Cal frosh will be at the Head of the American Oct. 30 in Sacramento, while the Varsity crews will continue to train until spring racing begins at the San Diego Crew Classic in April.