Oct. 19, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Villanova competed in two events this past Saturday at the 45th Head of the Charles Regatta in the Boston area amidst cold temperatures and windy conditions in their first event of the fall season. The Wildcats competed in the Club Fours and Club Eights races on Saturday afternoon.
Villanova recorded a time of 20:12.474 in the Club Fours race and placed 15th overall in a field of 54 boats. That standing placed the Wildcats fourth among collegiate teams in the race, as Villanova trailed only Virginia (1st, 18:45.274), Loyola (9th) and Holy Cross (13th). The Cavaliers, who competed at the NCAA Championships this past spring, outpaced the rest of the field by a nearly 29-second margin.
In the Club Eights race, the Wildcats placed 16th overall out of 41 entries with a time of 18:29.697. Villanova was ninth among the collegiate teams in the race, which was also won by Virginia in a time of 17:03.732. The Cavaliers and Yale, which also qualified for last spring's NCAA Championships, raced first and second less than nine seconds apart.
The Head of the Charles Regatta on the Charles River is the largest two-day rowing event in the world. The three-mile course runs upstream from the Boston University boathouse to Herter Park. The 59 events at this year's regatta included 1,895 boats and nearly 9,000 competitors.
The Wildcats next competition is this coming Sunday in Philadelphia at the Head of the Schuylkill.