CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Last Sunday, the Endicott club crew team competed in the 52nd annual Head of the Charles Regatta, the world's largest two-day rowing event.
The women's squad raced in the Collegiate 4 event finishing with a time of 27:21.177 for 34th place overall. Despite having their equipment break halfway through the race, the Gulls powered through the last mile and a half, and still bested the University of New England by more than 14-seconds.
Endicott's lineup in the Collegiate 4 consisted of Brenna Shannahan (Shelton, Conn.), Claire McKinnon (Boston, Mass.), Kendra Kirby (Redding, Conn.), Gabrielle Wiggin (Lebanon, Maine), and Michaela Raftery (Nashua, N.H.) at coxswain.
On the men's side, Quinn Simek (Kingston, N.Y.), Addison Culupa (Jericho, Vt.), Jesse Gottesdiener (Newton, Mass.), and Maximilian Schreiner (Rhede, Germany) competed in the Collegiate 4 with MaryAnn Samson (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) at coxswain.
The Gulls finished 43rd overall with a time of 24:01.246, as the conditions were a huge factor in the race. Along with waves coming over the sides of the boat, the men's Collegiate 4 had to deal with a 25-35 mph headwind making the race difficult to navigate.
"The Head of the Charles is probably the most difficult race of the year in many ways, and Sunday's conditions made it even tougher," said Endicott club crew coach John Leekley. "Both boats were not happy with their respective finishes, and there's motivation now to turn in a good performance at our last race in two weeks.
Endicott will close out its 2016 season in Methuen, Mass. at the Merrimack Chase on Saturday, November 5.