The University of Rhode Island men’s rowing team had a successful fall season with six first-place finishes on the season and a 16th-place finish at the Head of Charles.
Rhode Island’s club fours competed at the 50th Head of Charles earlier this month., which takes place in the wide Charles River in Boston. There were 52 total boats. Â Rhode Island’s boat comprised of Cody McMillian, Joseph Graham, Steven O’Brien, Anthony Catalano and Rachel Purington.
Rhode Island got the opportunity to take part in the Head of the Charles because of its success last year when the team grabbed 12th in the Championship 2x, 18th in the club 4+ and 40th in the Collegiate 8+.
Just a week prior, URI grabbed three first-place finishes and two second-place titles at the Head of the Snake and the New Hampshire Championship Regatta.
At the Head of the Snake on Oct. 11 Â in Quinsigamond, Massachusetts, the team competed in just the novice 8+, where they grabbed second place, finishing just 14 seconds behind Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
“Head of the Snake is a pretty good way to see how our novice compares,” Captain Lars Murphy said. Â “It’s one of the first races we put our novice into and it’s a very novice driven event. Â How they do at that regatta kind of shows how good you are in New England. Â And this year’s team got second, so we have some pretty high hopes for them.”
At the New Hampshire Championship Regatta in Pembroke, New Hampshire, on Oct. 12, the Rams grabbed first place in the open quad and the open double. The novice 8+ also took the top spot although their only competition was their fellow B and C squads. Â The Rams also took home second place in the open singles as sophomore Steve O’Brien finished with a time of 18:24.
In Rhode Island’s first weekend of races at the Textile River Regatta on Oct. 5, the unit took home first place in all three events. Â O’Brien took first in the singles with a time of 25:38, and McMillian and Boyle earned first for the club doubles. Â URI also grabbed first in the lightweight 4+, as Chris Clark, Anthony Catalano, Peter Collins, Jack Heaslip and Rachel Purington all combined for the win with a time of 21:50.
O’Brien, who was a part of the club fours at the Head of the Charles, received that opportunity because of his success this season.
“[O’Brien] has really been stepping it up this year,” Murphy said. Â “He’s a pretty important part of the team. Â He was in the novice last year.”
The Rams will not compete again until their spring season begins next semester.