Rowing Preview for the Head of The Charles: October 19-20

Sam Jackson

This year marks the 49th annual Head of the Charles Regatta. Held in Boston, the Head of the Charles selectively invites crews from all over the world to compete in a two-day rowing competition. It’s one of the leading two-day rowing events in the world and attracts more than 9,000
rowers competing in 55 different racing events.

In previous years, the women’s rowing team qualified in the races for the four and eight boats. In Texas rowing tradition, only the varsity team competes.

This year, head coach Carrie Graves selected just seven girls to compete, running only a four-man boat. The rowers representing Texas are freshman coxswain Emily Walker, junior Kim Gorcyca, junior Casey Redman, sophomore Jessica Smith and freshman Gia Doonan.

Texas will compete Sunday in the Women’s Collegiate Championship Fours race. By entering a single boat, the Longhorns hope to increase their chances of placing high and earning momentum before conference. Coming off tough results in Oklahoma two weeks ago, the Longhorns look forward to competing against the best teams in the country.