The Saline High School Rowing Club is sending 18 rowers to Boston, Mass., this weekend to compete in the world's largest regatta. The 52nd annual Head of the Charles Regatta features nearly 11,000 rowers during a two-day event. Securing a spot in the race is highly competitive; Saline learned in late September that two boats had been chosen. The men's varsity 8 and the women's varsity 8 will compete on Sunday, Oct. 23.
The men’s varsity 8 lineup features rowers Andrew Dame, Ted Nowicki, Niko Hays, James Kosiba, Eddie Phannes, Ryan Stack, Jack Wisner, Bill Ashton and coxswain Jacob Ball.
The women’s varsity 8 includes rowers Alex Wagner, Emma Frick, Laura Penny, Fay Hargrove, Morgan Bergren, Olivia Schreiber, Rachel Ward, Faith Sweet and coxswain Dane Dingman.
“This is an exciting opportunity for 18 rowers from Saline to compete on the most famed course in the United State and test themselves against the best in the world,” said head coach Matt Leblanc.
Rowing takes place on the Charles River on a 3-mile course starting at Boston University, past Harvard University and finishing at Northeastern University. Both Hornet boats will compete against about 80 other teams in their respective races.
The full Saline Rowing team has competed in Toledo, Ohio and Lansing this fall, and has one final regatta on Oct. 30 in Traverse City. The team's roster currently has 61 athletes. While rowing is a club sport, athletes can earn a varsity letter.
For more information on the Saline Rowing Club or to make a donation, contact Chris Frick at 989-284-9386.