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Date Posted:10/26/2005,  2:00PM

Bowdoin Races Well at Head of the Charles


BRUNSWICK, Maine - At the 41st running of the Head of The Charles Regatta on Oct. 22, Bowdoin's men captured a silver medal, placing second overall while the women placed sixth overall.

The silver for the men repeats last year's second-place performance at The Charles by Bowdoin's women, who went on to win the Dad Vail in Philadelphia last spring. Coach Gil Birney was full of compliments for both the men and women in this year's race.

"The Head of the Charles is the largest regatta in the world and attracts the best crews from the States and abroad," according to Birney. "Our students trained hard for this event; to place as highly as they did is a great accomplishment."

Bowdoin was able to turn the trick with a pair of young crews. The men's boat was stroked by sophomore Ed Carr, with juniors Luke McKay and Nate Hyde in the middle, and first year Tom Wilcox in the bow. For the women, first year Alaina Thomas stroked for the sophomore trio of Lauren Duerksen, Kate Wells, Allison Weide.

Birney was especially pleased with the job the coxswain's did on the twisting, crowded course: "Johannes Strom '09 and Allegra Spalding '08 gave peak performances on the Charles," Birney said. "Allegra started her women at 14th and passed 4 or 5 crews as she snaked over the course to her 6th place finish. Johannes had to pass a couple as well, but the men had a cleaner field as they started at 5th. Both coxswains negotiated the seven bridges without contact with abutments or other crews and steered well through the turns. They were terrific drivers."

Bowdoin crews medaled at the Charles with silver in 1999, bronze in 2002 for the men, and with the silver in 2004 for the women.

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