Bears Post Strong Performance at Head of Charles

Bears Post Strong Performance at Head of Charles

BOSTON, Mass. -- For the first time in team history, the Coast Guard men earned automatic qualification for two entries in the event at the Head of the Charles. 

A crew earns an automatic bid for an entry in the following year by finishing in the top half of the field.  This year, the Bears had two crews finish in the top half of the Collegiate 4 event, finishing 9th and 19th.  This represents a strong team effort by both crews not just the 'top crew'.  The winner of the event for the second year was Virginia.

"This result is representative of the amount of time invested into training in September," said Coast Guard head coach Colin Regan. "One of the goals I had for the captains was to make headway in our training culture and from the first day of the fall season they led and were readily followed by their teammate through nine training sessions per week. This is much more training than at any point in my first year and shows what's possible."

When asked specifically about the performance of his crews Regan said: "I was especially impressed by the second four stroke by first year Logan Hutson. Logan is the first fully recruited oarsman we have had to the program in a long time, if ever. His heartiness and perseverance through a very hard admissions process manifested itself on the water.  Our top four had a bit less power than last year's crew, but made substantially greater headway skill wise. Ultimately, I would have liked to have placed higher, but our fitness and power limited us. Fortunately we can do something about that in the coming weeks.

The Bears will finish up their season at the Head of the Fish Regatta and then head indoors to begin winter training.

"We know where we stand and know where we need to go. The two first keys to getting to the top of anything," said Regan. "I am looking forward to the progress we can make this winter and ultimately raising our overall level of competitiveness with our league come spring time.  If we do the work, we'll get to where we want to be."