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From Matt:

Hi Everyone,
This past Sunday four Wayland- Weston crews competed in the prestigious Head of the Charles regatta. The weather of course was less than cooperative; temperatures were technically in the low 40’s but with the wind, rain, and later on snow felt much colder! Despite the weather the four W/W crews posted some solid results and achieved some very high placements.
First up was the Boys Youth 4+, racing in a field of 75 the boys placed 59th. Following that was the Girls Youth 4+ at 10:46. The girls squad did not have a 4+ at Head of the Charles in 2008, by finishing 38th of 77 the crew’s place in the top half earned a guaranteed bid in this event for 2010!
Also earning guaranteed bids for next year were the Boys and Girls Youth 8’s. Coming out of the lottery the Boys 8 continued a very strong fall season placing 15th of 79. The Boys 8 bested crews from powerhouse programs Chaminade, Canisius, and St. John’s of Shrewsbury with a time of 16:16.668 over the course.
Immediately following the Boys were the Girls Youth 8’s. After a 2nd place finish to CRI at the Textile the Girls 8 was looking to have a strong performance through rowing their best race of the fall thus far. With a time of 17:53.8 the 8+ matched Wayland-Weston’s best-ever performance at Head of the Charles with a 7th place finish of 74 crews. With that finish the Girls 8+ put crews from New Trier, Marin, Sammamish, and St. Catherines behind them in the standings.
As the largest regatta in the world Head of the Charles is a great showcase of skill and speed, in addition to the ability to avoid obstacles and crashes! The Wayland- Weston squad had a succesful day garnering two top 20 finishes, a top 10 finish, and 3 guaranteed entries for 2010!
Next weekend is the final of the fall season, Saturday is Head of the Fish followed on Sunday by the MPSRA State Championship Regatta. More to come on those in the next day or so.

–Matt