BOSTON (KQWC) — Local rowers gave the Quad Cities a good name when they competed this weekend at the Head of the Charles regatta in Boston. Over 10,500 competitors from 30 countries raced in various boat categories, as 400,000 spectators lined the shores of the famous winding 3-mile course. Among those competing were members of the Y Quad Cities rowers who train on the Mississippi River.
In the Women’s Youth double, Pleasant Valley sophomore Delaney Evans and PV senior Caroline Sharis won by a record margin of 43.2 seconds. Their winning time of 17:47.57 shattered the previous course record by 71.8 seconds, which was set in 2010 by Sharis’ older sister Elizabeth and Beth Baustian. For Sharis, it was her third straight win in the event. A second junior duo of Pleasant Valley sophomores Taylor English and Emma Mask finished third, less than 10sec behind the Dutch national champions.
In the college division of the open championship eights, Elizabeth Sharis stroked the Stanford University eight that placed second behind the NCAA champions from the University of Washington. Recent Davenport Assumption graduate Annie Phillips competed with a Boston University crew that came in second in the championship lightweight eights. And Dr. Peter Sharis won his 12th Head of the Charles title, as his masters 40+ crew, consisting of past and present US National Team members, won by 16 seconds.
Photo, l-r: Caroline Sharis, Delaney Evans, Taylor English, Emma Mask