UW Men’s Crew Begins Season At Head Of The Charles

SEATTLE – The four-time defending IRA National Champion UW men’s crew squad will open its 2014-2015 season this weekend in Cambridge, Mass., at the Head of the Charles Regatta.

The Head of the Charles is the world’s largest two-day rowing competition and will celebrate its 50th race this weekend. Washington will be competing in two events on Sunday, Oct. 19. The Huskies will take part in the Men’s Championship Four, starting at 1:43 p.m. ET.  UW will then race in Men’s Championship Eight, which starts at 2:03 p.m. ET.  

“We like to challenge ourselves, it’s part of our mentality at Washington," UW head coach Michael Callahan said. "This year it will be especially challenging with the number of top collegiate teams, national teams and inclusion of all-star boats with rowers from around the world. The atmosphere around the regatta is always exciting and the 50th anniversary year will make it that much more special.“

The Huskies can be seen at the Head of the Charles via live stream on the Regatta’s official website.

Men’s Championships Four Boat
Coxswain- Lia Roberds
Stroke- Grega Domanjko
3- Aleksander Malowany
2- Michael Evans
Bow- Matthew Milner

Men’s Championships Eight Boat
Coxswain- Stuart Sim
Stroke- Alexander Perkins
7- Henry Meek
6- Marcus Bowyer
5- Jernej Markovc
4- Ivan Piton
3- Sebastian Peter
2- Edward Nainby-Luxmoore
Bow- Guglielmo Carcano

One of the world’s preeminent rowing competitions, the 2014 Head Of The Charles Regatta features a variety of races for U.S. and international rowers of all ages and abilities. The Regatta is expected to attract 11,000 competitors and more than 400,000 spectators.

As has become tradition for the Regatta, the HOCR will also feature a world-class field of competitors, drawing elite athletes from around the world and the United States. Athletes from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand will compete, alongside U.S. competitors from across the country.

In last year’s Head of the Charles, the Huskies took fourth in the Championship Four and ninth in the Championship Eight. UW also took second in the Open Four Collegiate and fifth in the Championship Eight Collegiate.

“In some ways last year was a reloading year," Callahan said. "To their credit, the group as a whole has taken responsibility and done a tremendous amount of development. I’m really pleased about where we are this October. We are hoping to put our best foot forward at The Charles as we take another step towards our goals.” 

The Head Of The Charles Regatta is free and open to the public. In addition to exhilarating rowing action on the challenging three-mile course – beginning at Boston University’s DeWolfe Boathouse and finishing at Artesani Park in Brighton – the Regatta offers a number of family-friendly activities for all ages, including a rowing and fitness expo; food vendors serving delicacies from all over the world; and Reunion Village – the half-way point between the race offering clubs, schools, alumni groups, parents, boosters and more the opportunity to catch up with friends in a fun and relaxed environment. 

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