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Greenwich Crew makes its mark at Head of the Charles

October 25, 2017 GMT

Rowing in idyllic conditions, Greenwich crew certainly made its presence felt at the 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta this past weekend in Boston, Mass.

Greenwich crew’s women’s junior eight boat finished second out of 85 boats that competed in their race. They registered an impressive time of 16 minutes, 28 seconds. The boat included coxswain Eleanor Leites, Amanda Pyne, Lucy Koven, Isabel Wilkowski, Daisy DeVore, Camille Boylan, Natasha Neitzell, Sofi de la Sierra and Ellarie Talgo.

“Last year they finished third, so to finish second this year while competing in a race with 85 boats from across the globe was a huge accomplishment for the girls,” Greenwich Crew director of rowing Mike Wieneke said. “They had a strong season so far, but they weren’t quite sure where they stacked up against some of the other teams.

They are a group that has come together. They really just bear down, work hard and consistently show a lot of fight and it shows on the boat.”

The women’s junior fours recorded a seventh-place finish at the Head of the Charles Regatta, finishing their race in 18:42.50. Meredith Lundberg served as the coxswain of the boat, which included Eleanor Dabney, Katherine Turk, Cameron Thibault and Sophia Gilroy.

“They did a great job,” Wieneke said. “It was awesome to see them come through with a great race. Even toward the end of the race, they were pushing themselves and concentrating on their technique.”

The men’s junior eight boat showed the most improvement for Greenwich Crew at the Head of the Charles. After finishing 40th last year, this boat moved up to a seventh-place finish with a time of 14:51. The crew included Summit Gillespie (coxswain), Nicholas Matejak, Stanley Mason, Christopher Stich, Michael Steinthal, Peter Scott, Anthony Frascella, Trent Polkinghorne and Ethan Boone.

“The boys worked hard in the past year,” Wieneke said. “The amount of miles they put in to move up that many spots was huge. Numerous people were congratulating them after the race for being in the top 10 out of 85 boats. They were faster than a lot of boats they previously finished behind. Our boys captains Chris Stich and Peter Scott set a good example for the boys by being great leaders.”

During the regatta, all of our coxswains had fantastic races. The race course was challenging with a lot of turns, coupled with trying to catch boats. They did a really great job.”

Greenwich crew concludes the fall season this weekend at the Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga, N.Y.

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