Women’s varsity eight places third at Head of the Charles
|The Bates women’s eight in a post-race pose at the Head of the Charles, holding up senior coxswain Nora Collins.|
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The Bates College women’s rowing team claimed third place out of 31 boats in the Collegiate Eights on Sunday at the Head of the Charles, while the Bates men were also impressive, placing 10th out of 42 boats in the Men’s Collegiate Eights and 10th out of 41 in Collegiate Fours.
“The Charles course is a distinct challenge for each of the coxswains, with multiple turns and bridges resulting in high pressure situations that are impossible to predict,” said head coach Peter Steenstra. “Our coxswains did a great job at getting their crews down the course safely and effectively.”
The Bates women’s eight trailed only Williams and Ithaca among 31 boats with a time of 17:04.450, nearly seven seconds faster than the fourth-place entry from Wellesley. The Bates women’s eight trailed only Williams and Ithaca among 31 boats, negotiating the winding, 3-mile course in a time of 17:04.450, nearly seven seconds faster than the fourth-place entry from Wellesley. Bates finished 12th in the same division a year ago. This year’s crew is composed of senior coxswain Nora Collins (Kensington, Md.), sophomore Catherine Tuttle (Pittsford, N.Y.), junior Haley Sive (Glenville, N.Y.), senior Rebecca Waldo (Dracut, Mass.), junior Kelsey Dion (Truckee, Calif.), senior Emma White (Bainbridge Island, Wash.), senior Hannah Richardson (Concord, Mass.), sophomore Lauren Hadiaris (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and senior Ellen Patterson (St. Louis Park, Minn.).
The Bates men’s eight was nipped by Army by less than two seconds for ninth place, finishing the serpentine course in 15:29.720. Bates finished 15th last year in the same division. The boat’s lineup comprises: senior coxswain Gabe Silverman ’11 (West Hartford, Conn.), Peter K. Miller ’12 (Philadelphia, Pa.), Peter Haley ’13 (Cos Cob, Conn.), Peter C. Miller ’12 (New York, N.Y.), Andre Gobbo ’13 (Chesterfield, N.H.), Jordy Winslow ’13 (Wilton, Conn.), Jason Weeks ’11 (Hyde Park, Mass.), Joseph Nowak ’11 (Brunswick, Maine), and Matt Johns ’13 (Seaford, N.Y.).
The Bates men also fielded a highly successful entry in the Collegiate Fours, which placed 10th out of 41 boats, including third among nine NESCAC crews, obtaining an automatic bid to compete in the 2011 Head of the Charles. The boat’s lineup comprised first-year coxswain Joseph Santos (Miami Beach, Fla.), first-year stroke Jon Frye (Duxbury, Mass.), senior three seat Harry Chung (Naperville, Ill.), first-year Hank Schless (Old Greenwich, Conn.) and first-year bow Garland Ditz (Colorado Springs, Colo.).