Spartans Set to Compete at Head of the Charles Regatta
MSU returns to race for third straight season.
East Lansing, Mich. -- Michigan State's varsity eight is returning to Cambridge, Mass. this weekend to participate in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta.
The Head of the Charles is the largest two-day regatta in the world. From novice to masters, rowers will compete in the three-mile head race that is expected to once again attract more than 300,000 spectators to the banks of the Charles River during Regatta weekend. This year is the 53rd annual regatta.
There are 66 total events this weekend starting on Saturday morning.
The Spartan eight races Sunday afternoon at 2:22 p.m. in the women's championship eights alongside 35 other entries. MSU will be the 16th start in the championship eights
“This event is crazy. I compare it to our football stadium, we get thousands of fans here watching and cheering us on,” said head coach Matt Weise. “It’s so much fun to see all of the spectators. I tell the girls to enjoy the carnival when they are out of the boat, but when they’re rowing to remember what they’re supposed to do. They need to focus on the rower in front of them and go back to basics. We are very excited to compete at the Head of the Charles again.”
The varsity eight consists of junior coxswain Hannah Worth; stroke Becca Uebele (Sr.), No. 7. Lindsey Klei (Sr.), No. 6 Meaghan Faucher, No. 5 Nicole Marek (Sr.), No. 4 Katherine Willis (So.), No. 3 Annie Cantu (So.), No. 2 Clare Sutka (Jr.), and Bow seat Kasidy Higgins (Sr.).
Worth, Faucher, Klei, and Higgins all gained experience last season rowing at the Head of the Charles, while Uebele and Marek are making their third appearance at the race for the Spartans.
“We started coming to this race years ago to try and build a culture and reward those who were doing it right. Now, we have everyone doing it right - but we are just bringing nine representatives from our squad to represent Spartan rowing. All of the athletes on the team contribute to this event because their hard work forces this crew to row faster. I am proud of all of the athletes and their hard work this season.”
Weise’s wife, Lisa, (an MSU rowing alumna) will also compete at the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday afternoon.
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