Women’s Club Crew Captures Varsity 4+ Title at Head of the Charles
INTERVIEW WITH COACH RYBACK
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RACE FOOTAGE (scroll to 2:33:25)
Boston, Mass., October 25, 2011 — The Washington University in St. Louis women’s club crew team made history this past weekend as the Bears captured the women’s varsity 4+ championship at the 47th Annual Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass. Washington U. finished in first place out of 33 other Division II and Division III schools.
“Our goal was to medal, but I didn't expect the win. In addition to the talent, a lot of factors were on our side for that to happen over a 3.1 mile race,” said second-year head coach Rudy Ryback. “We started near the back of the time-trial, so we knew we were going to have to pass many other boats along the way. The women handled themselves very well through this process. Our splits were strong at checkpoints along the race route, which means our pacing was nearly perfect."
The women’s varsity 4+ team of senior Gryte Satas, senior Miranda Timonen, sophomore Audrey Leeka, junior Emily Bullen and senior coxswain Eleen Ke ousted second-place Hamilton College by over 10 seconds with a time of 19:56. Middlebury College, Emory University and the University of Chicago rounded out the top five. 2008 U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist Michelle Guerette presented the medals to Washington University.
The Washington University club crew team was founded in 1985 as a group to provide Washington University students the opportunity to row or learn to row at a competitive collegiate level. The goals of the crew team are to increase the presence of the sport on campus, increase the skill level of all participants, represent Washington U. at the highest level in competition and create a fun and social environment.
The 47th Head of the Charles in Boston, Mass, is the premiere fall race with over 300,000 spectators lining the 3.1-mile course during a two-day regatta.