Charging past the Eliot Bridge in Cambridge and lining up for the final bend, the Delaware Lightweight Eight raced their Ivy League rivals to an extremely tight finish at the 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta. After a late personnel adjustment due to injury, the crew of McCullough, Pereira, Hurley, Kungl, AbuAwad, Marello, Meszoely, Beardell, and coxswain Snow drove the shell to an eighth place finish. The pack was extremely tight, with places four through eight all within six seconds: Yale, in fourth, completed the course in 14:11.065 with the Hens clocking in at 14:17.588. The Delaware 150s raced ahead of Columbia, Georgetown, M.I.T., and the Turkish national team as Princeton claimed gold.
With the pack of Eights being close in speed, the Hens look to mount a final attack on the Sprints League at next week’s Princeton Chase. In addition to the Eight, the lightweights had a Four in competition as well.
Juniors Bacharach and Frezza were joined by freshmen Campone, Dildar, and coxswain Ugas in an internationally prescribed event. Lining up against elite crews from the New York Athletic Club, Riverside Boat Club, the Sprints lightweight teams, and athletes fresh from the British World Championship team in an Oxford Brookes combination, the Delawarean Four finished eleventh. The young boat beat Harvard, M.I.T., and Virginia. Moving into next week, the five athletes will move back into the Second Varsity Lightweight Eight for their race in Princeton.
To finish up the racing, the heavyweights competed in the Collegiate Eight event. The crew of Trunley, Rumaker, Ruggiero, Field, Lamb, Gaydosh, Fraser, Canning, and Filby elbowed their way down the course for a twenty-third place finish. A tough row for the crew of six seniors, the entire heavyweight program looks to recollect and muster speed before they join the lightweights at the Princeton Chase.