Oct. 20, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -
The 2011-12 Boston College rowing season gets under way on Saturday, Oct. 22, when the squad will compete in three events at the 47th Annual Head of the Charles Regatta.
The Eagles have six athletes returning to the team that rowed in the Varsity Eight during the 2010-2011 season. Senior captains Erin Roche and Emily Charnowski look to lead the efforts for BC this season. Junior Erica Jennings, junior Ailis Peplau, sophomore Alycia Da'Loia-Moore and sophomore Melissa Chavez are also returning to the team for the 2011-12 season.
"The coaches expect these athletes to set the tone and encourage all 55 Eagles to push the team to its highest potential," said assistant coach Amy Weatherby.
The Freshmen Eagles have their first race of the year at the Green Monster Regatta in Hanover, N.H. on Saturday, Nov. 5. The format of this race is unique, as the winner is determined by the combined time of the top two boats. After a third place finish last year, the team hopes to break into the top two.
28 freshmen were named to the 2011-12 roster on Sept. 23 after a two week trial/learn to row period that ended with a tryout. The tryout consisted of rowing, running, and erging. Newcomer Ellen Burr set a new tryout record on the run with a time of 21:56 for two laps around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.
"We believe all of the athletes that were named to the team have the ability to make a tremendous contribution to BC rowing," Weatherby said.
Besides the Head of the Charles and the Green Monster Regattas, the Foot of the Charles is sure to be another highlight of the fall racing schedule.
The Eagles are slated to compete in three events at the Head of the Charles to start off the season. BC will race in the Championship Eight, the Club Eight and the Club Four. This race draws top competition from all over the country, as well as international competitors.
BC will close the fall racing season with the Foot of the Charles on Saturday, Nov. 12. Traditionally at this regatta, the upperclassmen race in the events for four-man boats, while the freshmen will race in eight-man competitions. The Eagles will see many of their Boston rivals at this race, as well as several other teams from the Northeast region.