HENLEY, ENGLAND – The Rutgers heavyweight varsity eight won its first race at the Henley Royal Regatta July 4 on the Thames River, defeating Dartmouth by one and one-quarter lengths.
Rutgers is one of three American schools, and one of nine crews overall, 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. The Scarlet Knight boat was rowed by:
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)
RU will next take on Leander Club at 3:00 p.m. on July 5.
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.