Back from a memorable weekend in Boston, Newport Aquatic Center varsity eight head coach Jeff Collett and his team gained valuable experience on a national stage.
Racing in on the Charles River with a time of 16 minutes, 15 seconds, NAC finished 29th out of 78 boats — the top 37% — on Sunday at the Head of the Charles Regatta. Collett was a little disappointed with the final result Monday in a phone interview, but was happy about his team's efforts.
Marin Rowing Assn., who rows near the San Francisco Bay Bridge, won the regatta with a time of 15:06.
The NAC team included Sarah Zoamya at coxswain, Chase Roossin in the stroke seat and Colin Johnson on the bow seat. From front to back, in order, were: Brandon Metzger, Cameron Geehr, Matt Kernan, Kyle Flagg, Gordy Box and Nick Zusman.
"I think the exposure to a big race was really great," Collett said. "The trip was nice, the weather was great. We executed pretty well, we took turns right on the money. It was just poor execution of the race plan. Perhaps being on a national stage for the first time had a little to do with it."