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Records fall at opening of Head of the Charles

October 19, 1997

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ Records were broken in five of six club events Saturday as the Head of the Charles Regatta, billed as the world’s largest rowing event, moved to a two-day format for the first time in its 33-year history.

The regatta, which was canceled because of flooding, rain and strong winds in 1996, got underway in sunny, cool weather Saturday. Some 5,600 rowers from 15 nations were to compete.

Rowing against the clock, men and women shattered five regatta records on the winding 3-mile course on the Charles River. More records are threatened in 16 events Sunday.

Nat Keohane of the Harvard Sculling Club won the men’s club singles in 18 minutes, 17.4 seconds, breaking the record of 18:39.6 set in 1983. Scott Bolton of the Austin, Texas, Rowing Club, was second in 18:48.06.

Josee Paquette of Ottawa won the women’s club singles in 20:36.59, just breaking the old record of 20:37.36 set in 1993. Anne Taufen of Philadelphia was second in 20:40.21.

The Onota Lake Rowing Association of Massachusetts won the men’s club eights in 14:56.9 with the Syracuse Chargers second in 14:58.42, and the New Haven Rowing Club third in 15:00.75. All broke the meet record of 15:14.6 set by Temple in 1984.

Queen’s University of Canada won the women’s club eights in 16:58.48, followed by Williams College in 17:00.52 and Wesleyan University in 17:05.19. The old record was 17:26.4 set by the University of Minnesota in 1982.

The Saugatuck Rowing Association of Connecticut set a record of 18:42.95 in the women’s club fours. The Minnesota Boat Club was second with 18:43.28. The old record was 18:54.35.

The record held up in the men’s club fours. The Argonaut Rowing Club of Canada won in 16:43.77, missing the meet mark of 16:41.9. St. Paul’s School of Concord, N.H., was second in 16:52.11.

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