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Ten thousand rowers in 2,083 boats representing 22 countries made their way to Boston for the Head of the Charles Regatta this past weekend. Probably a few of them had heard of Wentworth Institute of Technology. Five of them knew the potential of the school’s first year varsity rowing team, rowing in the Collegiate 4’s.
“I don’t know why, I just had a funny feeling we were going to do well,” said Alex Schwarzkopf ’14, rowing in 2 seat of the Leopards’ boat. “I simply wasn’t nervous.”
“I knew if I steered a good course, we would do really well,” said coxswain Mark Zak ’15, to which Schwarzkopf interjected, “Oh he did.”
He did all right.
Zak steered the team to the finish line in 16:40.646, just 14 seconds behind the winners from the University of Virginia. The time was good enough for fourth place out of 38 boats in the race, really opening some eyes in the rowing world. Having won the same event at the Head of the Housatonic Regatta in Derby, Conn. by 20 seconds the weekend prior, the team, also consisting of Tim Lefebvre ’17, Tim Walters ’15, and Ryan Andrews ’14, felt confident as it made its way onto rowing’s biggest stage.
“People who do well in the Charles do well anywhere,” said Zak.
Unfortunately, however, the first-year varsity team has been unable to make waves around their own campus.
“We aren’t respected like the other teams on campus,” said Schwarzkopf. “We’re the new kids on the block, but we’re also the ones bringing home more hardware.”
“No one really knows (about the success at the Charles) around campus unless you know someone,” said Zak.
When asked how the team will be looking for next year’s Head of the Charles, Zak said that the loss of Andrews in the stroke seat to graduation will hurt. “He should get the most recognition for how far the program has come in the past four years.”
“Any year can be different,” said Schwarzkopf. “One turn can make or break your race.”
Next year’s Head of the Charles Regatta will be the 50th all time, and Wentworth will be looking to improve on its already impressive fourth place finish.