The UNC men’s club rowing team placed seventh in the men’s collegiate fours race at the Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday.
UNC competed in a four-seat race against 43 teams. The Tar Heels were strong in the first half of the race, but came up short of a victory to finish in seventh.
After passing the first checkpoint in fourth place and the second in second place, North Carolina tapered off and couldn’t hold their speed. The team handled the windy conditions well in the first half of the race, but couldn’t keep fighting through the gusts they faced in the second half of the race. At the last checkpoint before the finish, the Tar Heels were in fifth, but by the finish they ended up in seventh.
The competing rowers, senior Kevin McGowan, junior Chase Fenske, junior Phil Simons and senior Jesse Chang, were called by senior coxswain Phoebe Castelblanco. McGowan, Simons and Fenske competed in the same event last year.
Who stood out?
Rowing is clearly a team sport, but UNC got some help from its experienced coxswain, Casteblanco, who has navigated the course before.
Coach Joe Holthaus said her experience helped guide the team to a strong finish.