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The 46th Head of the Charles, race by race

October 22, 2010

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Sunday

MIXED GENDER ADAPTIVE FOURS

(8 a.m.): The Head’s first adaptive event for disabled rowers using legs/trunk/arms.

SENIOR VETERAN SINGLES 70+

(8:14 a.m./8:37 a.m.): Richard Kendall, 80 and ageless, chases his 10th men’s title with former champ Carlo Zezza, Cambridge clubmate Ben Jones, and Harvard coach Harry Parker on his tail. Eve Green bids for her seventh crown, with former champs Laurette Rindlaub and Mary Elizabeth Stone on her trail.

VETERAN SINGLES 60+

(8:58 a.m./9:22 a.m.): Defender Jim Dietz, who won seven titles in the championship event, takes on Richard Anderson, just up from the grand master ranks. Susan Kinne, who dethroned five-time women’s victor Brooke Stevens, crosses blades with returning medalists Jill Gardner and Catherine Kemper.

MASTER SINGLES

(9:53 a.m./10:05 a.m.): B. Anders Holmberg looks to retain his men’s title against former club champion Igor Belakovskiy, Erik Breiland, and Finbarr McCarthy. With none of last year’s women’s medalists on hand, Lisa Weise and Julie Dykema go for the crown.

YOUTH FOURS

(10:25 a.m./10:53 a.m.): St. Catharines, bidding to become the first men’s crew to win four straight since Navy in 1990, is up against fellow Canadian entries South Niagara and Upper Canada College as well as the Kent School, which made the Henley schoolboy final last summer. Marina Aquatic Center Junior Rowing, the defending women’s champion, will have to hold off Winsor School again.

YOUTH DOUBLES

(11:22 a.m./11:42 a.m.): Lake Union defends its men’s titles against returning medalists St. Catharines and Saugatuck. Detroit BC, the defending women’s champs, take on a Connecticut BC entry that includes US junior teamer Lucy Grinalds as well as Y Quad Cities.

LIGHTWEIGHT SINGLES

(12:08 p.m./12:20 p.m.): Should be a classic battle among Christopher Storm, last year’s club winner, and former US teamers Rich Montgomery, Rob Zechmann, and Tim Larson. With last year’s top four women missing, Amber Cuthbertson is the chalk among former national teamer Margaret Duggan, Union’s Catherine Infantino, and Riverside’s Claire Wallace and Carey Connell.

YOUTH EIGHTS

(12:39 p.m./1:04 p.m.): Eton College crosses the pond to vie for a third straight men’s crown, last managed by Harvard (a.k.a. Charles River RA) in 2001. In its path are returning runner-up New Trier HS from the Chicago suburbs, Community Rowing, plus Abingdon, Northampton, and Grange Schools. CRI, which had won five of the previous eight women’s titles before being dethroned by Maritime RC last year, looks to reclaim primacy.

COLLEGIATE EIGHTS

(1:57 p.m./2:15 p.m.): Williams tries to extend its purple reign to three straight over three-time winner Trinity, the returning runner-up, and Grand Valley. The Ephs, who just missed cashing the daily double last year, could go 1-2 in the women’s race.

CHAMPIONSHIP FOURS

(2:33 p.m./2:40 p.m.): Wisconsin (a.k.a. Camp Randall) became the first men’s collegiate winner since 1979 last year but will get stiff resistance from US Rowing’s entry plus Harvard and California. With Canada’s Don RC the only international entry, Boston University, Cornell, Brown, and Virginia will be bidding to be the first US collegiate victor since Northeastern in 1994.

CHAMPIONSHIP EIGHTS

(2:55 p.m./3:09 p.m.): The Great Eight, the all-star sculling octet that rowed through snowflakes to victory last time, has dispersed, which could produce the third collegiate winner in six years. Washington, the 2008 champion, goes bow to bow with archrival Cal, last year’s top campus finisher, with Henley champ Harvard looking for its first title since 1977. Biggest international threats will come from Germany’s under-23 boat from the Deutsche Ruderverband and three Dutch entries. With no foreign boats present, the women’s race will be won by a college crew for the first time since Princeton in 2000. Yale, Washington, and Virginia are the top contenders.

LIGHTWEIGHT FOURS

(3:38 p.m./3:46 p.m.): Defending champion Don RC tangles with former titlists Yale and New York AC plus an Iraqi entry stroked by Olympian Hamzah Hussein Jebur. The University of Toronto’s women’s champions will face five-time champion Undine, Riverside, and Pittsburgh.

LIGHTWEIGHT EIGHTS

(4:02 p.m./4:11 p.m.): The New York AC, the gold standard in the men’s event, is favored to claim its sixth title in nine years. Former champion Princeton, Navy, and Harvard are the barriers. Wisconsin’s women, going after their fourth title of the decade, will get an argument from Stanford, the defending IRA champion.

Saturday

(Men’s/women’s starting times in parentheses)

GRAND MASTER SINGLES 50+

(8 a.m./8:32 a.m.): Michael Stolper, the two-time men’s defending champion, will be challenged by newcomer John Tracy as well as Cambridge BC clubmates Gregg Stone and Chip Matthes. Margarita Zezza, the two-time women’s titlist, will take on CB Sands-Bohrer, the eight-time national teamer who medaled as a senior master last year.

SENIOR MASTER SINGLES 40+

(8:57 a.m./9:11 a.m.): Tom Bohrer, the two-time Olympic medalist who won last time, will be pushed again by runner-up Russ Cone as well as three-time Olympian Robert Kaehler. On the women’s side, five-time victor Ellen Kennelly and returning runner-up Tina Vandersteel will have at it.

SENIOR MASTER EIGHTS 50+

(9:28 a.m./9:44 a.m.): Team Attager, with its Francophile flair, chases its fifth straight men’s championship with a challenge from Leander, California RC, and two entries from Melbourne University. The women’s event will be a star-spangled showdown between defending champion Etats Unis RC and the 1980 RC, which won the previous two races.

SENIOR MASTER FOURS 50+

(9:59 a.m./10:14 a.m.): The 1980 RC, marking its 30th anniversary, goes for its fourth consecutive men’s title, with Riverside in the way. The women’s side features a four-way tussle among defender Orleans Sweeps, two-time champ Watercat RC, Saugatuck RC, and Boulder Community Rowing.

SENIOR MASTER DOUBLES 50+

(10:30 a.m./10:46 a.m.): Peter Kermond and Scott Roop look for a record third straight men’s crown, with Saman Majd and Mark Alloway disputing. Women’s defenders Trina Olin Santry and Gia DeAngelis face returning medalists Joan Van Blom and Mary Perrot, plus Ingeborg Stekl and Frances Tuite from last year’s grand master podium.

ALUMNI EIGHTS

(11:08 a.m./11:27 a.m.): Old-school rivalries are renewed amid creaking joints. Northeastern, which won last year’s inaugural men’s race, will get a challenge from Crabtree and Ever Green, Dartmouth’s 1992 Eastern champs. Virginia, which claimed women’s laurels, deals with Louisville’s Old Birds and Yale’s Boola Boolas.

CLUB SINGLES

(11:41 a.m./noon): With Christopher Storm, last year’s victor, competing in the lightweight event, it’s an open men’s competition. Among those to watch are Thomas Quigley, Charles Biddle, youth sensation Patrick DelBarba, and Paralympic hopeful Aidan Porter from Community Rowing. Notables in the women’s field include Riverside’s Sarah Schwegman, Amelia Booth, Mary O’Neill, and CRI’s Annie Coppock.

CLUB FOURS

(12:19 p.m./12:46 p.m.): Notre Dame, which starts first, will have its hands full with recent two-time men’s titlists Riverside and Union. With Virginia not defending its women’s crown, it’s a wrangle among Union, Guelph RC, Bair Island Aquatic Center, and Lincoln Park BC.

CLUB EIGHTS

(1:14 p.m./1:30 p.m.): Yale, which dethroned two-time men’s champion Harvard last time, will battle the Crimson again, along with German entry Frankfurter Rudergesellschaft Germania 1869 and alumni boats from Yale (Yankee Doodle) and Princeton (Fat Cats). With defending titlist Virginia opting out, Yale’s women are favored to reclaim their title, with Alabama and Austin RC also contending.

MASTER DOUBLES

(1:48 p.m./2 p.m.): With defending champion Greg Benning sculling with a new partner in former Olympian Greg Walker, six-time victors Mike Smith and Dan Gorriaran hope to reclaim their men’s crown. Saiya Remmler and Teresa Zarzeczny-Bell are gunning for a record-tying fourth straight women’s victory, with Harvard coach Linda Muri and Lindsay Burns Barbier a major obstacle.

MASTER FOURS

(2:17 p.m./2:30 p.m.): Palm Beach RC, which ended Cambridge’s four-year men’s reign last year, bumps up against CBC again. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club adds a touch of exotic mystery from the tail of the pack. Minnesota BC goes after a record fourth straight women’s title, with runner-up Baltimore and debutantes Austin RC and British entry Dart Totnes ARC amid its pursuers.

MASTER EIGHTS

(2:49 p.m./3:02 p.m.): Penn AC bids for its fourth men’s crown in six years, with Canada’s Leander, RV Rijnland, Marin, and 87 Gold RC in pursuit. The Toronto Sculling Club, which came out of the pack to win the women’s race, will be pushed by Marin as well as local crews from Cambridge and Riverside.

CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES

(3:16 p.m./3:26 p.m.): Peter Graves, who won with Andrew Liverman in 2008 and brother Tom last year, is back with his sibling as the men’s favorites, with competition from two US Rowing boats manned by scullers who didn’t make the world team. US Rowing, which has five boats entered, should claim the women’s crown with a nudge from Dutch entry ASR Nereus.

COLLEGIATE FOURS

(3:41 p.m./3:56 p.m.): Fordham’s Rams will be butting up against a trio of Midwestern foes in former champion Michigan, Notre Dame, and Chicago. Trinity, which became the fifth women’s winner in as many years, needs to fend off former champion Marquette and Chicago.

CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES

(4:13 p.m./4:24 p.m.): Michael Sivigny, who knocked off world titlist Mahe Drysdale and defending champion Nathan Cohen to win last time, bids to be the first man to repeat since Duncan Free in 2002. This time, it’s against German former world champion and Olympic medalist Marcel Hacker, and countryman and two-time junior world champion Felix Bach, plus two-time Head king Jamie Koven and Iraqi Olympian Haidar Nozad. With defending women’s champion Ursula Grobler off at the world regatta, Newton’s Gevvie Stone is favored to reclaim her crown ahead of Ann Holmes, M.J. Gay, and Australian under-23-teamer Sarah Perkins.