At The 50th Head of the Charles, Bowdoin earned third place medals in the Men’s College Four, and Women’s College Four, while our Men’s Second Boat zoomed to 13/44 in the same event as the First Boat.
The fall rowing extravaganza capped a speedy season for the whole Navy. Opening at the Textile River Regatta, Bowdoin’s men took 2, 5, 6, and 11 in a field of 25. The Novice Men were 3/5 for the first medals of their Bowdoin careers. On the women’s side, we came 1st and 9th in a 24 boat event, while the Novice Women were 4,5, and 7. Nora Hefner ’16 won the Women’s Club 1x.
The next weekend at the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta, the men were 2, 5, and 8th and the novices were 3rd. The women were 1st and 8th, and the novices finished 3, 4, and 5! We traveled to Boston for the Charles with eager confidence for the three crews we had entered, and they all performed with guts and determination.
The Charles attracts the best in the country in all events. The College Fours saw the usual powerhouse programs, and now Bowdoin can count itself among them. In the men’s event, The Bears finished ahead of Michigan, UNC, Notre Dame, Penn State, Texas, and GA. Tech to name a few. Likewise, the women topped Brock, Clemson, FIT, GA Tech, and Purdue among others. Pretty good company for a small liberal arts college on the coast of Maine!
The men’s boat which won third was coxed by Claire Velez ’16, stroked by Cal Brooks ’15 and powered up by Mark Endrizzi ’15, Nathan Post ’15, and Joe Lake ’15. In thirteenth place, Maddy Livingston ’16 coxed while Trevor McDonald ’15 stroked for Harris Fisher ’17, Phillip Maier ’18, and Arman Ashrafi ’17. In the women’s boat, Sophie Berube ’16 had the helm for stroke Mary Bryan Barksdale ’15, Emily Martin ’15, Courtney Payne ’15, and Liza Tarbell ’17. Both men’s and women’s boats have finished in the top ten since 2011, and each side has earned two medals at HOCR in those years, including a gold by the women in 2012.