Oct. 21, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
The University of Louisville rowing program will travel to Boston to compete in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta this weekend.
The Cardinals will compete in the premier race at the event, the women's championship eight, on Sunday at 3 p.m., ET. Louisville's varsity eight crew at the regatta will consist of coxswain Ellen Fawcett (member of Team Canada's U23 world championship crew), Morgan Dunham (2011 Second Team All-BIG EAST; 2011 Louisville rowing Oarswoman of the Year), Katya Monchenko (member of the Cards' 2011 BIG EAST champion varsity eight crew), Kelly O'Conor, Amy Van Syoc, Lizzie DeVries, Hannah Ritter, Marissa Thalen and Kathleen O'Connell.
"I am excited to return to Boston for the most competitive race of the fall season," said Louisville head coach Laura Aubrey. "Mostly, I am extremely proud of the ladies that made a clear commitment to their training throughout the summer and made their standard to travel and compete. For many of them, this will be their first time racing in this prestigious event and they could not be more excited. It is always a great opportunity to see where we sit relative to our competition at this time of the year and there are many great crews that will be competing in this event. This is a young group, but they remain very hungry and have shown great determination and tenacity. I look forward to seeing how their efforts translate to speed on the water."
This will be the Cardinals' first appearance at the Head of the Charles since 2008 when they earned a 16th-place finish in the women's championship eight event. More than 35 crews are entered in this year's women's championship eight.
The Head of the Charles Regatta, the world's largest two-day rowing event, consists of more than 8,000 athletes from around the world competing in 55 different race events. Originally a one-day event, the regatta grew to a two-day event in 1997 and now attracts up to 300,000 spectators during the October weekend, which is contested on a three-mile course on the Charles River.