Men's Rowing in Top 10 of Collegiate Eights at Head of the Charles

William Landers CAMBRIDGE - The Tufts University men's rowing team had a strong showing at the Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday, with the first varsity placing eighth in the Collegiate Eights event.

Tufts completed the three-mile course in 15:23.503 to place the Jumbos in the top 10 of the 39 crews that finished. Rowing for Tufts was stroke William Landers (pictured), 7 Alex Maykel, 6 John Griffin, 5 Alex Williams, 4 Liam Jenkins, 3 Ryan Hankins, 2 Eoghan Downey, and bow Henry Ross, with coxswain Rachel Halliday. The Jumbos were almost four seconds faster than the Hobart College eight that finished ninth (15:27.356).

This was the top finish ever by a Tufts men's crew in this event. Coxswain Rachel Halliday had to navigate between two crashed crews at the infamous Elliot Bridge bend, which cost her crew some time - but she expertly shot the gap between the two other boats, and enabled the men's boat to sprint strongly to the finish.

"The Head of the Charles is known as a coxswain's race, in that the race involves multiple tight turns, narrow bridges, and an abundance of crashes to avoid," said Tufts Director of Rowing Noel Wanner. "A skilled coxswain can save their crew dozens of seconds - and in a race where 10 seconds can mean a difference of eight or nine places, steering a great line is critical to success."

The Jumbos also competed in the Collegiate Fours on Sunday. The Tufts team consisted of stroke Joey Montalto, 3 Henry Gray, 2 Alden Taylor, and bow Ryan Kane, with coxswain Tara Curran. They were 30th out of 40 teams with an 18:18.695 time.

Tufts will row in its final fall event next Saturday at the Head of the Fish regatta in Saratoga.