Athletes Prepare for 53rd Annual Head of the Charles Regatta

PRINCETON, N.J. — Fall head racing is in full swing, and for rowers across the country, that means one thing—Head Of The Charles. Over 2,200 crews from almost 800 clubs will travel to compete in the two-day regatta, creating the largest turnout in the history of the event.

Competition will be steep in the men’s and women’s championship single sculls events, as competitors take on the second installment of the Lotman Challenge. Presented by the Philadelphia Gold Challenge Cup Foundation, the three-race series was introduced this year to promote single sculling in the United States.

Felice Mueller, winner of the first Lotman Challenge race, the USRowing Club National Championships, is set to compete among 22 other athletes in hopes of maintaining her top spot in the rankings. In the men’s champ single event, 25 competitors will compete, including John Graves, who raced in the Men’s Double at the 2017 World Rowing Championships and currently ranks second in the Lotman standings.

Along with Graves and Mueller, several other athletes from the 2017 U.S. National Team will compete on the Charles this weekend. Racing in the women’s champ single Mueller will be joined by, Emily Huelskamp, Mary Jones, Kara Kohler, Meghan O’Leary, Elizabeth Sonshine, and Ellen Tomek. Maureen McAuliffe and Jillian Zieff  will both race in the women’s championship double sculls.

Dariush Aghai, Patrick Eble,  Andrew Reed, Jordan Vanderstoep and Julian Venonsky will compete in the men’s championships four. Crews in the Women’s Championship Eight include two US Training center boats consisting of athletes, Molly Bruggeman, Kendall Chase, Sarah Dougherty, Tracy Eisser, Katelin Guregian, Megan Kalmoe, Grace Latz, Meghan Wheeler Kristine O’Brien, Vicky OptizKelly Pierce, Erin Reelick, Lauren SchmetterlingCoco Schoeller, and Sophia Vitas . They will be joined by 2017 alternates Erin Boxberger, Gia Doonan and Kara Soucek.

Additionally, Erik Frid will team up with Penn A.C. teammate, Justin Keen to defend their title in the men’s champ double as they will wear bow number one.

Several 2016 Olympians will also take to the course this weekend. Gevvie Stone and Andrew Campbell will make appearances on the racecourse, competing in the men’s and women’s champ singles, respectively, while Matt Miller, Alex Karwoski, Glenn Ochal, Sam Ojserkis and Charlie Cole will compete in the men’s champ four.

Meet the National Team

Rio Olympians/Paralympians and 2017 U.S. National Team members will be signing autographs and taking photos all weekend long at Connect-A-Dock and USRowing vendor locations this weekend.

Saturday Meeting Times:

  • 12-1 p.m. – Jenny Sichel and Grace Latz (USRowing Merchandise tent)
  • 12-2 p.m. – Molly Bruggeman and Katelin Guregian (Connect-a-Dock tent)
  • 1-2 p.m. – Grace Latz and John Graves (USRowing Merchandise tent)

Sunday Meeting Times:

  • 12-1 p.m. – Meghan O’Leary and Ellen Tomek (USRowing Merchandise tent)
  • 1-2 p.m. – Tom Peszek (USRowing Merchandise tent)

Evening by the Charles

The rowing community is invited to the Eliot Bridge Enclosure Tent on the evening of Saturday, October 21. Your ticket includes an open bar and hors d’oeuvres all under the big-top tent on Attager Row. This event is smart casual dress code (no uni-suits please!) and a 21+ event. The event will be from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Please bring government issued ID. This is a 21+ event only. Underage guests and those without IDs will not be admitted. More information here.

Be a USRowing Champ

Talk with our staff to renew your Championship Membership on site! Follow @USRowing all weekend for behind-the-scenes #HOCR53 highlights, Snapchat special guests, and more! Photo galleries will be posted at www.USRowing.Photos

#HOCR53 Event Info

The official website of the event, www.hocr.org is your source for schedules, maps and up-to-date information over the weekend.

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