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October 20-22 2017
Boston, MA

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Laker Navy Take on Top Competition at Head of the Charles

The Laker Navy has gained some valuable experience from the 53nd Head of the Charles Regatta. Determined to uphold the previous years successes, the Laker Navy took to the Charles River for the biggest race in the fall.

The varsity men’s 8+ earned a 20th place finish. In contrast with the last few years in Boston, all crews launched in warm weather and calm conditions. “We didn’t end up with the result we wanted, but that only gives us more of a reason to train harder for the spring” said Ben Williams, a senior men’s captain. “We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I’m sure that now we are as dedicated as ever.”

The women’s 8+ finished 13th place in their event. A boat featuring six underclassmen and a new women’s coaching staff edged out many other highly competitive crews. “We are really happy about our race today,” said captain Jessie Hasenau. “The coaches and athletes have put in a lot of hard work, and the training is paying off. This is a solid start to our season.”

Finishing up Sunday’s races for the team was the men’s collegiate 4+. Despite fighting hard against many other fast crews, the men’s 4+ finished 35th.

While the Head of the Charles is a major regatta, many other critical events lay ahead for the team. The next major step for the team will be the Lubbers Regatta in the spring. We thank the family and friends of the Laker Navy for their continued support. The team will finish out of the fall swinging, the next regatta will be the Eagle Collegiate Challenge, where both novice and varsity will race.



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