PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Rutgers heavyweights will be one of three American crews to compete in the Henley Royal Regatta July 2-6 on the Thames River in Henley, England.
The Scarlet Knights will be competing for the Ladies Challenge Plate, which is awarded for the races conducted for the highest level of college or club crews that are not National Teams or Olympic crews. Nine crews have been accepted for the event, including Cambridge University (England), Leander Club (England), the Frankfurter Rudergesellschaft (Germany), Curtin University (Australia), the University of Washington and Dartmouth College.
The crews will race two at a time on the Thames, with the winner advancing to the next round. Rutgers will leave for England on June 24, racing at the Reading Regatta June 28 as a tune-up for the Henley.
The Henley Regatta was first held in 1839 and has been held annually ever since, except during the two World Wars. The popularity and interest in the Regatta has steadily grown, evolving from a single-day event in 1839 to the current five-day format in 1986. In 1851, H.R.H. Prince Albert became the Regatta’s first Royal Patron. Since his death, the reigning Monarch has always consented to become Patron, allowing the Regatta to retain its title of the Henley Royal Regatta.
RU finished its collegiate season with a fifth-place finish in the Petite Final at the IRA National Collegiate Rowing Championships May 29-31 in Camden, NJ.
Henley Royal Regatta – Rutgers Varsity Eight
Bow Christopher Graves (2004; Northfield, NJ)
2 Mark Hayden (2003; Wexford, PA)
3 Michael Dori (2003; West Windsor, NJ)
4 Collin Jesberger (2004; Chalfont, PA)
5 Nathan Carter (2005; Springfield, VA)
6 Fred Bidrawn (2005; Mt. Holly, NJ)
7 Samual Stitt (2004; McLean, VA)
8 James Green (2004; Erdenheim, PA)
Cox Ned DelGuercio (2005; Media, PA)
Henley Royal Regatta – Rutgers Varsity Pair
Christopher Sullivan (2005; Northfield, NJ)
David Wells (2005; Princeton, NJ)
Rutgers Head Coach: Steve Wagner
Rutgers Assistant Coach: Tom Hewitt