Three Men's Rowing Teams Compete at Historic Head of the Charles Regatta

Thomas Hendrickson rowed with the varsity eight

CAMBRIDGE - The Tufts University men's rowing team had three boats in action at the 2017 Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday. This was the 53rd edition of the event, which is the largest two-day regatta in the world,

In the men's collegiate eight race, Tufts was 35th with a time of 16:06.710. The Tufts eight was penalized somewhat controversially for clashing oars with another boat, which resulted in a substantial one-minute penalty which dropped them out of 20th place. The Jumbo line-up consisted of junior coxswain Hannah Frankel with junior Ryan Bell, sophomore Paul Gelhaus, sophomore Adrian Tanner, sophomore Mats Edwards, junior Nick Hartman, senior Ashton Knight, senior Andrew MacMillen, and senior Thomas Hendrickson.

Tufts' men's collegiate four of junior coxswain James Grant with junior James Miller, senior Tyler Hagedorn, junior Isaac Mudge, and senior Hayes Ward recorded a time of 17:26.808 for 27th place.

"Overall the men's results were solid on a day of record-setting tailwind conditions and bright sunshine at the Head of the Charles," men's rowing head coach Noel Wanner said. "Both boats felt like they had reasonable rows, and are looking forward to the spring."

"This year more than any other, the team has focused on the fall season as a preparation period for the spring, with an emphasis on technical development and base fitness, and with less emphasis on producing top speed for the fall races," Wanner said. "This training approach is followed by elite level racers, as it can yield higher peak speed in the spring, but it does mean that some speed in the fall will be sacrificed for the sake of the higher potential speed to come."

The Jumbos also had alumni boat comprised of recent grads Krzysztof Danielowicz '15, Zhuangzhen Zhou '16, Jonathan Williams '16, and Zach Merchant '17 entered in the men's quad event on Sunday. They were 19th officially with a 16:36.655 time. In this event, raw time scores were adjusted based on the average age of the boat. As a relatively young boat, the Jumbo grads dropped after the handicap was applied. However, they were 10th on raw (unadjusted) time with a solid row.