Marina Aquatic Center Junior Rowers Celeste Wise, Anna Rasmussen, Katie O’Hanlon, Katey Ghobrial and Tess Hartigan finished in 11th place in the women’s Youth Four at the 43rd running of the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston Saturday and Sunday, October 20th and 21st.

Considered the world’s largest two-day rowing event, the Head of the Charles Regatta, or “Chuck,” attracted more than 7,500 competitors from around the world and nearly 300,000 spectators to the Cambridge riverfront in Massachusetts.

With Wise in stroke position, followed by Rasmussen in three-seat, O’Hanlon in two-seat, and Ghobrial in bow, all following the calls of coxswain Hartigan, Marina Aquatic Center’s boat crossed the finish line in 11th place out of a field of 51 boats entered.

Their time of 20:10.9 beat last year’s winning crew from the Pocock Rowing Center in Seattle, and they crossed the finish less than 52 seconds behind the winning boat, from Long Beach Junior Crew.

It was only the second-ever appearance for Marina Aquatic Center at the Charles and the first sweep rowing race for Rasmussen and O’Hanlon, who had previously competed only in sculling, recently capturing gold in the women’s Junior Double Sculls at the 2007 USRowing Club National Championships in July.

“We design our practices to be intense and competitive every day so that they get used to going hard and battling it out,” head coach Zohar Abramovitz said of the Aquatic Center’s preparation for national competition. “The result is that when they pull up to the starting line at a big event, they’re calm and focused because it’s nothing new to them — they’ve been doing it day in and day out.”

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