Local rowers pulling hard for the Oakland Strokes rowing club proved – again – they are a force to be reckoned with after an impressive showing at the 51st Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, MA Sunday.
The varsity men’s youth 8+ took silver and the varsity women’s youth 8+ placed fourth both in event fields of 85 national and international entries. The local men – comprised of Brendan Purtill, Miramonte HS; Rhys Daniel, Piedmont HS; Cole Ortiz, Campolindo HS; Nikita Lilichenko, Miramonte HS; Luke Lawler, Las Lomas HS; Michael Cuellar, St. Joseph’s Notre Dame HS; Connor Olson, Granada HS; Spencer Dettlinger, San Ramon Valley HS and Coxswain Benjamin Garrison, Burlingame HS – finished 11 seconds behind peers from the Marin Rowing Association and ahead of St. Paul’s of London.
The Strokes women’s youth 8+ pursued perennial rivals Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA)/Mercer, Marin, and Saugatuck, ceding the bronze to PNRA/Mercer by only 1.990 seconds.
The Head of The Charles is one of the world’s largest rowing competitions featuring races for U.S. and international rowers of all ages and abilities – it consistently attracts over 11,000 competitors and 400,000 spectators.