Each year, the Hobart and William Smith Varsity Rowing teams compete in the annual Head of the Charles Regatta on the Charles River in Boston, Mass. This year, both the men and the women’s team brought back a boat of alums to relive the glory days and compete in the inaugural Alumni/ae Eight.
The William Smith Alumnae 8, consisting of Virginia Cannon ’09, Hannah Gallup ’08, Katherine Faherty ’09, Jessica Mahon ’08, Frances Parsons ’06, Rebecca Gutwin ’06, Jenn Kirst ’08, Jane Detwiler ’00, Anne Wakeman ‘09 placed ninth in their event. This finish secured a guaranteed entry for next year despite having to stop twice on the course to avoid a 5-boat pile-up.
“Our alums showed great mettle out there–it was quite chaotic but former All-American coxswain Kenzie Cannon got them through safely and as speedily as possible,” says Sandra Chu, Head Coach of William Smith Rowing. “The boat rowed well and melding together these alums from the classes of 2000, 2006, 2008, & 2009 was a lot of fun.”
Additionally, the Statesmen were able to field an 8 with four captains from the last three years. Powered by Andrew O’Donnell ’09, John Heavey ’09, Ben Ramsey ’09, Joe Jameson ’07, Paul Wasmund ’07, Rob Reinheimer ’07, Alex Tye’, and Nathan Kress ’07, the alumni made it down the three mile course with a time of 16 minutes and 37 seconds, good enough for the sixth fastest in the event. After age adjustments for the Alumni event, the Statesmen ended up with a 10th place finish.
“It was really fantastic to have everyone together and get back out on the water,” says Kress, who is now teaching at Episcopal High School in Jacksonville, Fla. “The weekend was all about having fun, but we’re all competitors, and we’ll be back out there next year looking for a medal.”