Oct. 18, 2006
Los Angeles - The UCLA women's rowing team will send seven its senior rowers in an eight to the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22 for the first time since the resurgence of UCLA's program. The Bruins will race down Boston's three-mile course against 45 other teams from the United States and Canada.
The traveling seniors include Brittany Merchant, Alexis Kalionzes, Leah Wachtel, Erin Rice Kirsten Potenza, Elizabeth Lee and Jessica Fritz. They will be joined by junior Erin Haggerty and sophomore Vanessa Teff, who earned the trip to Boston by returning from the summer fit and ready to race.
"We started the tradition two years ago, where seniors who had rowed for four years at UCLA would earn the early fall trip," head coach Amy Fuller Kearney said. "It has really become something which the seniors look forward to, and it's an exciting way to start their final seasons."
This fall marks the first time in which UCLA has had enough graduating seniors to allow sending seven of them in an 8+. This weekend's Head of the Charles marks UCLA's first major rowing competition of the season. The Bruins entered one 2x sculls to the Head of the Port of Sacramento on Sunday, Oct. 15.
"This weekend is a bit of a challenge competitively, because we only have seven rows under our belt," Fuller Kearney said. "Because of our late academic start, we face programs which have had much more time to prepare. While we suffer somewhat in the fall, we make up for it in the spring."