Dallas, Texas – Dallas United Crew (DUC) sent 19 athletes, hailing from five high schools to
Cambridge, MA, on October 23rd, to race in the Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR). The
Head of the Charles is the premier international rowing Head race drawing junior, collegiate,
masters, and Olympians. The pilgrimage to Boston reunites the rowing world as friends and
former teammates walk the miles-long festival on the banks of the Charles River.
Crews race a time trial format over a 4.5km challenging course. Coxswains shine in this race,
where precise steering and speed afford passing opportunities as crews thread bridge piers
and hairpin turns, jockeying for position in boats, some as long as semi-trailers. Competition
is fierce, not just for medals; earning a position in the top half of an event guarantees a crew a
coveted invitation to return in 2023. Saturday’s picturesque skies gave way to the threat of
showers on Sunday, race day, leaving athletes and spectators thankful calm weather held.
DUC’s Youth Varsity Girls were the only representatives of USRowing’s Central Region in the
Eights race, with regional rivals opting to race smaller team boats. DUC placed 53 rd of 89 entries
in this, the marquee event. With half of the crew returning next year, they gained invaluable
experience, preparing them to take on the Charles, with its twists and turns, in years to come.
In the Youth Varsity Boys Eight race, DUC raced in a field of 90 boats, finishing 32nd . DUC’s
Eight earned a guaranteed invitation to a promising race in 2024, where all but one oarsman will
return, six of them as seniors. With a preferred starting position over their USRowing Central
Region competitors, DUC held the fastest time through the first half of the race but were
eventually overtaken by Austin’s Texas Rowing Center. DUC bested Jesuit’s Eight, the only
other regional entry in the powerhouse Eights race.
DUC is a non-profit dedicated to leveraging rowing for the benefit of Dallas-area youth, including
opening college doors, and it has become the largest youth program in North Texas. Evidence if
DUC’s success manifests on the rosters of storied collegiate programs. DUC Alumni Topher
Luzarraga (Cornell), Jake Lawson (Cornell), Chloe Dietz (Columbia), Kate Corey
(Northeastern), Anthony Wang (Dartmouth), Katie Hammonds (Navy), Brooks Kirchen (Navy),
and Catherine Moore (Penn) raced at HOCR, cheered by DUC juniors who hope to follow in
their footsteps. “The schools represented by our alumni are a testament to their dedication to
the sport and how far rowing can take you,” concludes Head Coach and Program Director, Steve
Though fall competition is underway, DUC continues to seek high school athletes who would
like to try rowing. Those who are interested should contact DUC at info@DallasUnitedCrew.org
for a one-week free trial.