Penn AC’s Justin Keen and Erik Frid came from the back of the pack to win the Men’s Championship 2x in what was the most surprising victory of the 2016 Head of the Charles regatta. They beat out several Olympians, including 2016 Olympic 1x Gold Medalist Mahe Drysdale and 2016 Olympic 2x Bronze Medalist Olaf Tufte, who had teamed up in the 2x for this event.
“This was a very impressive result for two up-and-coming scullers in the U.S.,” said Penn AC President Mike Wherley. “We look forward to seeing which Olympic Champions they might take down in 2017!”
As individuals, Keen and Frid each had a very successful fall, with Keen winning all the head races on the Schuylkill as well as the East Coast Speed Orders. Frid was not far behind, consistently placing in the top 3.
Saturday racing at the Head of the Charles was particularly challenging with strong wind gusts and a seemingly constant headwind. Despite this, several boats had impressive performances. Two other men’s doubles – a composite boat of Ian Luetzow (Penn AC) and Chris Lambert (Malta BC) and an all-Penn AC entry of Erick Winstead and Mike Davidson – finished 9th and 10th, respectively, in the Men’s Championship 2x event won by Keen/Frid.
Penn AC also had two women’s doubles – a composite boat of Cara Stawicki (Penn AC) and Nicole Ritchie (Vesper) and an all-Penn AC entry of Erika Jorgenson and Lauren Klick – that finished 8th and 10th, respectively, in the Women’s Championship 2x, along with two lightweight women’s singles - Katherine Schiro and Kristen Propst – that finished 8th and 10th, respectively.
Penn AC also had a Men’s Senior Master 8+ comprised of several Penn AC alums that placed 15th.