Head of the Charles beckons Horns

Chijioke Okorie

Head coach Carie Graves and the Longhorns are gearing up for the Head of the Charles meet this Sunday in Boston, Massachusetts. The team’s last meet was the Head of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, in which their varsity’s first boat, consisting of coxswain Megan Kelly, Jacqueline Gorcyca, Laurel McCaig, Sydney Boyes and Felicia Izaquirre-Werner, took first place in the collegiate four, finishing in 14:50.103. Their second and third boats, with the second boat consisting of coxswain Rachel Donnelly, Taylor Parker, Karli Sheahan, Hannah Moon and Courtney Nicklas, finished in 3rd and 10th place respectively, with times of 15:19.941 and 15:53.197.

The Head of the Charles Regatta meet has started to become one of the world’s largest annual rowing meets since its debut 47 years ago. As of now, 9,000 rowers, from about 650 universities, schools, and rowing clubs compete in the event.

This weekend’s meet in Boston will be the team’s first trip to the Head of Charles since October of 2005.