19 October 2009

Head of the Charles Regatta– The Fall Rowing Classic

Head of the Charles Regatta– The Fall Rowing Classic
October 17-18, 2009 - Regatta Results


CAMBRIDGE – The Kings Point Varsity Men’s four-man crew raced well as it finished 20th overall in the Head of the Charles Regatta and 6th overall amongst the top Division III institutions in the nation.
The Head of the Charles Regatta is the largest rowing event in the world. In this years forty-third running of the regatta, 19 countries were represented by 7,500 competitors and cheered on by nearly 300,000 spectators. College crews travel to Cambridge from forty states in the nation to determine the fall champions. Each of the two Kings Point crews met stiff competition and foul weather as they raced in categories that included crews from Division I, II, and III.

The crew of Coxswain Robert Kaldenbach ‘11, Stroke Steven Jones ’10,
3 – Charles Waters ‘10, 2- Connan Ingham ‘12 and Bowman Kyle O’Connor ’10, set a strong pace through the early stages of the race when it was fighting for a position on the river with University of Massachusetts. Unlike the strong tailwinds of last year last year’s competition, this year’s weather was dominated by gusty headwinds and the constant threat rain.

Led by the commanding voice of veteran coxswain Kaldenbach, the crew rowed a nearly flawless race but still fell short of winning a medal as they did in previous years. Division I Fordham completed the three miles in 17:00 to capture first. Kings Point’s time of18:13 was a strong performance for the less-than-ideal weather conditions. Based on last years performance, Kings Point started in the 6th spot and although only one crew passed them, some of the crews in the middle of the pack were able to post faster times.

The Men’s Varsity Eight as Kings Point raced the Collegiate Men’s Eight event for just the third time. Lead by the motivating voice and fine steering of Coxswain Daniel Dunn, the crew rowed its way through the five bridges and hairpin turns while trying to hold off crews that nipped at its stern. The crew of Coxswain Daniel Dunn ’13, Stroke- Thomas ‘Grey’ Gambill ’11, 7- Mike Stock ‘10, 6- Frank Osborne ’12, 5- Sam Diedrick ‘12, 4- Andrew Pfarner ‘11, 3 Jeremy Tunstall ’10 ‘12, 2 – John Wood ‘13, and Bow – Drew Baldwin ’10 clocked a time of 18:20 and finishing 35th amongst the best 38 teams in the country. Coach Daniel Udeanu seemed pleased with the crew’s performance but lamented over the poor rowing conditions of rain and strong cold winds “They are a young crew with two plebes and one of those having just learned how to row this fall.”

This competition ends the regular season although the team has been invited to compete in the Dowling Cup Challenge in November. The team will probably bring a couple crews to the challenge.

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