Texas solid at Head of the Charles

Samantha Jackson

Texas was ready to fight as they competed in the world famous Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston Sunday afternoon. The Head of the Charles Regatta is the world’s largest two-day regatta. The event, which began in 1965, features over 9,000 athletes and typically welcomes up to 300,000 spectators over the racing weekend. Texas scored two top-20 finishes at last year’s Head of the Charles. Texas achieved a fourth-place performance in the championship four and took 15th place in the championship eight.

Texas had some key points in mind for this weekend’s race, and after seeing good results in Oklahoma, Texas had a strict mindset for moving the boat well together and executing good combinations. In Sunday’s competition the women’s four, featuring coxswain Rachel Donnelly, finished 12th with a time of 20:10.18, finishing closely behind the University of Notre Dame. The women’s varsity eight, led by coxswain Kassandra Budzik, concluded with a time of 17:49.38, finishing 22nd in the 4,828-meter course. Texas is moving smoothly into a positive season and resumes races immediately as Texas will host the Head of the Colorado Saturday.