Oct. 17, 2002
SEATTLE - The Washington crew sends a women's four to Boston this weekend to compete in the 38th-annual Head of the Charles Regatta.
A group of five seniors will represent Washington, including rowers Lauren Estevenin, Heidi Hurn, Adrienne Hunter and Carrie Stasiak who constituted half of the Huskies' varsity eight championship crew at the 2002 NCAA Championships. Coxswain Anne Hessburg was a member of UW's junior varsity eight that also won an NCAA title in 2002.
The four-oared event will be a reunion of sorts for those Huskies who have each been competing in eights the last two collegiate seasons. The group participating in Boston this weekend is the same unit that raced to the 2000 NCAA championship in the varsity four event.
First held in October of 1965, the Head of the Charles Regatta is the world's largest two-day rowing event. The race was established by the Cambridge Boat Club members to replicate the traditional "head of the river" races in England.
The river race is a drastic break from the straight, 2,000-meter courses the Huskies are accustomed to. Rather than racing side-by-side, teams start in a single-file line and must navigate around opposing crews in order to pass them.
The venue is a three-mile course along the Charles River in Boston, Mass. Teams race against each other and the clock, starting sequentially approximately 15 seconds apart. Winners of each race receive the honorary title of the "Head of the Charles."
Washington will start 23rd among the 33-boat women's championship four field that includes 19 NCAA teams. Also competing are four foreign college crews and 10 club teams from Canada and Great Britain.
HEAD OF THE CHARLES REGATTA
Charles River; Boston, Mass.
Oct. 20, 2002
cox - Anne Hessburg (Sr., Wenatchee, Wash. / Wenatchee HS)
stroke - Lauren Estevenin (Sr., Bothell, Wash. / Inglemoor HS)
3 - Heidi Hurn (Sr., Redmond, Wash. / Eastlake HS)
2 - Adrienne Hunter (Sr., Tornoto, Ontario / Havergal College)
bow - Carrie Stasiak (Sr., St. Catherines, Ontario / Holy Cross HS)
Championship Women's Fours Starting Order
1. Frankfurter Rudergesellschaft Germania 1869 Germany
2. University of Michigan
3. Brock University Rowing Club, Ontatio
4. Cornell University
5. Yale University
6. Williams College
7. University of Virginia
8. University of Minnesota
9. University of Toronto
10. University of Wisconsin
11. Princeton University
12. New York Athletic Club
13. Syracuse University
14. DeWolfe Rowing Club, Mass.
15. U.S. Naval Academy
16. Wildcat Rowing Assoc., Pa.
17. Thames Rowing Club, UK
18. London Training Center, Ontario
19. Kansas State University
20. Northeastern University
21. University of Victoria
22. University of Cincinnati
23. University of Washington
24. Milwaukee Rowing Club, Wis.
25. Community Rowing, Inc., Mass.
27. Brockville Rowing Club, Canada
28. Knoxville Rowing Association
29. Brown University
30. University of Pennsylvania
31. Duke University
32. Northwestern University
33. Western Rowing Club, Ontario