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Rowing in Royal Regatta

Women’s crew competes in England this weekend

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Photos by Thomas M. Daley

Many of us have shifted into the summer mode of life at Boston University. Students are home, vacations have started, dorms are being renovated, and Nickerson Field is being returfed. Terriers are taking a well deserved break — well, not all Terriers.

Shortly after classes ended for the year, the women’s crew team headed off for a monthlong stay in the United Kingdom. Their goal: the Henley Royal Regatta at Henley on Thames. This premier rowing event takes place this weekend, and only the best compete.

The women have rowed in several events since arriving in the UK. One of the most exciting was the Henley Women’s Regatta. On Saturday, June 21, the Boston University A boat was paired up against Furnivall, Auriol Kensington, Wallingford. Shortly after noon the race got under way. BU was powerful out of the start, and for the entire length of the course, the ladies rowed as a machine, each oar always in the same position as the others, as if they were linked together.

The race was spectacular, and the BU A boat won. Coach Holly Hatton elected to ride a bicycle along the river to cheer her team on rather than riding in the umpire boat — no cheering allowed. The women were later paired up against the Boston University B boat, winning that as well. For the next event they were pitted against Leander, Thames, Mortlake, Wallingford, which had won its event against Bucknell. Leander, Thames beat out the Boston University boat, but the overall outstanding performance of the crew of the BU A boat earned them a berth in the Henley Royal Regatta for the Remenham Challenge Cup.

So, about the time our local July 4 parades kick off, nine young women from Boston University will be making fireworks of their own. Go Terriers!

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