Oct. 27, 2017
Head of the American
Oct. 28, 2017 | Lake Natoma | 11:23 am PST
Gold River, Calif. | HERENOW
ABOUT THE REGATTA:
- The 5,000-meter race takes place on Lake Natoma in Gold River, Calif.
- The Zags will enter their varsity eight along with six pairs boats. The last 2,000 meters of the race are the race course the Zags compete on for the West Coast Conference Championships at the end of the season.
- Last season the Zags entered five pairs boats in the competition. Lauren English and Micailah Donner were the first Zags across the line at 21:03.4 in 15th place. Three spots back were Olivia Marsh and Lindey English at 21:08.1. Next across in 35th place was Charlotte Leppand Casey Harder at 21:58.2 and Hannah Brown and Georgia Davey finished in 38th place with a time of 22:15.5. The final Zag pair of Caroline Maguire and Clare Manthey took 47th at 22:59.3. The race had a total of 55 participants with schools like USC, UCLA, Stanford, Cal, and Washington entered in the field.
- The varsity eight field this year includes fellow WCC members Saint Mary’s and San Diego along with national powers Cal and Washington, in the 27-boat field.
HEAD OF THE SPOKANE:
- The GU varsity eight raced twice, finishing at 17:07 and 17:12, and beating Washington State on their second run by five seconds, in the Head of the Spokane on the Spokane River on October 14.
- The second varsity eight also went twice at 17:44 and 18:01, with WSU claiming the top two times.
- The Zags’ varsity four raced once at 20:58, one minute off the WSU pace. The GU first novice eight defeated the WSU Club squad by a little under a minute at 20:39, and the second novice eight did the same by almost two minutes at 20:43.
THE FACES OF GONZAGA ROWING:
- Gonzaga head coach and WCC Coach of the Year Glenn Putyrae enters his 24th season with the Zags this fall.
- He has led the Zags to 14 WCC Championships and four NCAA Championships appearances.
- Assistant coaches Kari Durgan, Marisa Wortman, and Madison Keaty return for their sixth, third, and second seasons respectively.
NUMBER OF NEWCOMERS:
- 35 new rowers joined the team as recruited freshman or novices heading into this season.
- They made their debut on September 30 against Washington State.
“This is a great opportunity to see where we are against the best in the country," Gonzaga head coach Glenn Putyrae said. "With over 50 collegiate pairs racing it will definitely be exciting and fun for our athletes to race these crews.“
Cox: Marie Hayman
Lineup will be filled by the four fastest pairs boats in the morning.
11:23 am: Pairs
2:11 pm: Varsity 8
Nimbus Flat State Park
There will no spectator parking in the State Park due to the size of the event. All spectators will be sent to the event parking lot. We will have the Park & Ride as the drop off area. The shuttle busses will be running and drop off directly in the State Park at the finish line. Parking at event parking is $10.00
No admission fee
Event parking is $10.00 per vehicle and is at event parking. CASH ONLY. A free shuttle will pick up at the event parking and will drop off in the State Park at the finish line tent. The shuttle buses will run all day until 30 minutes after the last race. The shuttle does NOT pick up at the fish hatchery. State park passes will be honored at Overflow parking. Saturday parking will be at: 11971 Foundation Place, Gold River, CA 95670.
They are providing the lot outside the State Park (Cal Trans Park & Ride) for loading and unloading. There will be customer service carts to help transport items and people into the event from this location. Please note that carts are not for athletes, customer service carts are for general public. If dropping supplies for team hospitality, you may unload in the Park & Ride and the carts will help you to your tent. Vehicles may not be left unattended in the Park & Ride. No one will be allowed into the State Park to drop off or pick.
Team Tents & Private Shade Tents:
Each team was able to rent a tent along the finish line area. Each team tent will be labeled with the team name. Each tent receives 20 chairs and 2 tables, please keep your chairs and table with your tent. There are no private shade tents allowed along the finish line or in the boat storage area. They ask that teams do not place tarps on the ground under your tent, this kills the grass. They also asked that everything you bring into the park, you take out with you when you leave. Please remember that this is a state park, if you pack it in, then please pack it out.
Food & Clothing Vendors:
They will have the following food and clothing vendor: JL Racing, Sew Sporty, Adwear (official regatta t-shirt vendor) Maeke Apparel, Smoothie Patrol, Vet Le Catering, Deluxe Foods and more to come…
Leashed dogs are allowed in the State Park. They do allow dogs to ride the busses from event parking and are allowed on the golf carts.
What to bring & expect:
The HOA is one of the largest events they host, with high school, college and masters teams competing in the event. You are welcome to bring chairs but we do not allow shade tents anywhere along the finish line or in the boat storage area. The area in the park will have a lot of crews and boats, please be mindful when walking and watch out for boats coming your way. They ask that anyone other than coaches or athletes stay out of the boat launching and landing area.