Men’s Crew Places 2nd at Head of Charles Regatta

From left, Elliot Skopin '11, Terrence Word '11, Trevor Michelson '13 and Spencer Hattendorf '12 placed second at the Head of the Charles Regatta Oct. 23. (Photo by Arya Alizadeh '13)

Wesleyan’s varsity four entry Elliot Skopin ’11, Terrence Word ’11, Trevor Michelson ’13 and Spencer Hattendorf ’12 with coxwain Peter Chu ’14 turned in an outstanding performance during the Collegiate Four event at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston Sat., Oct. 23.

With a time of 17:41.27 over the three-mile course, the Cardinals quartet of rowers bested 39 other crews in the 41-boat affair, trailing just WPI by a seven-second gap.  Wesleyan made up more than two minutes in moving past the University of Massachusetts team.  Familiar rivals the Cardinals outperformed included groups from Trinity, the University of Massachusetts and Bates.  The four was Wesleyan’s lone men’s entry at the Charles.

Wesleyan closed out an outstanding fall racing season Sat., Oct. 30 with a trip to Saratoga, N.Y. for the Head of the Fish Regatta.  There, Wesleyan’s varsity eight entry of stroke Elliott Skopin ’11, Terrence Word ’11, Bryce Hollingsworth ’13, Spencer Hattendorf ’12, Gilder Keeler ’11, Mike Massone ’14, Peter Martin ’14 and Trevor Michelson ’13 along with cox Jenny Moyer ’11 continued Wesleyan’s success by securing third place among 19 crew in the collegiate eight race.  Thus, Wesleyan’s top boat placed no worse than third in any of the premier events entered during four fall head regattas.  The Cardinals were timed in 11:20.27 for two miles.  Only Hobart and Colgate produced faster times by 3.33 and 0.38 seconds, respectively.  Williams was fourth, 3.74 seconds behind Wesleyan.

Wesleyan had three other entries at the Fish as the second and third varsity eights placed first and third of seven boats in the JV collegiate eight while Wesleyan’s novice eight entry cruised to seventh place in a field of 25.