When Newport Aquatic Center varsity eight head coach Jeff Collett took over for his best friend, former head coach Rick D'Antoni, he had to keep up with tradition.
In just his second season, Collett has done just that, returning the rowing team to the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. He's done it with just one returner from a 2009 team that finished third in Boston, Newport Harbor senior Gordy Box.
The team will compete Sunday at 1:15 p.m. Eastern Standard Time at the Charles River in Boston.
NAC will be the 62nd boat out of 78 total boats in the event. There is one big-time trial that will determine the winner, along with the top five that will be medalists, and so on. The eight-person team left on a flight from Los Angeles on Thursday morning and will return to L.A. on Sunday night.