Norwegian rower Kjetil Borch won the men’s championship singles competition and U.S. Olympian Genevra Stone claimed the women’s title in the 48th Head of the Charles Regatta.
Almost 9,000 athletes and 2,000 boats are competing over 3.2 miles (5.1 kilometers) of the Charles River during the two- day event that ends today in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Borch, an Olympic competitor who rows as a member of Horten rk in Horten, Norway, crossed the finish line yesterday in 17 minutes, 56.53 seconds, just ahead of Stephen Whelpley of the Penn Athletic Club Rowing Association in Philadelphia, who was 1.76 seconds behind. Tom Paradiso, of the New York Athletic Club, was third, covering the distance in 18 minutes, 2.41 seconds.
Stone, a member of the Cambridge Boat Club, won the women’s singles championship in 19 minutes, 20.03 seconds, for her fourth title in five years and her third straight. She was 13.15 seconds ahead of Australian Olympian Kim Crow of the Melbourne University Boat Club. South African Ursula Grobler, who rows with the Lake Union Crew in Seattle, was third at 19 minutes, 31.34 seconds.
Britain’s Tideway Scullers team of Olaf Tufte of Norway and Iztok Cop of Slovenia won the Men’s Championship Doubles in 16 minutes, 12.64 seconds, 7.32 seconds ahead of the Potomac Boat Club of Washington, D.C.
The Potomac Boat Club’s duo of Katie Stainken and Morgan Wimberley went the distance in 18 minutes, 16.59 seconds to stay ahead of the Long Beach Rowing Association entry in the Women’s Championship Doubles.
The University of Virginia Rowing Association captured the Men’s Collegiate Fours in 16 minutes, 43.96 seconds. The Michigan Rowing Association trailed .18 second behind and the Michigan State Crew Club was third.
In the Women’s Collegiate Fours, Brunswick, Maine-based Bowdoin College won in 19 minutes, 14.11 seconds with Grand Valley State University Rowing Club of Allendale, Michigan, coming in second at 19 minutes, 19.60 seconds and Clemson University Rowing Association of Clemson, South Carolina, crossing the finish line third.
Six records were broken during the morning events, helped by a wind that blew from the south.
Records were set by the Marin Rowing Association in the Senior-Master Women’s Eights (17:44.45); Saman Majd and Mark Alloway of Connecticut’s Saugatuck Rowing Club in the Senior- Master Men’s Doubles (18:05.01); Inge Stekl and Fran Tuite of the Lincoln Park Boat Club in the Senior-Master Women’s Doubles (19:50.91); Northeastern University Rowing Alumni in the Alumni Men’s Eights (14:49.25); the University of Michigan Alumni in the Alumni Women’s Eights (16:24.13); Brown University Crew in the Club Men’s Eights (14:41.27); and Britain’s Molesey Boat Club in the Master Men’s Eights (15:14.86).
Today’s events include the championship fours and eights as well as the collegiate eights.
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