Deerfield Alums Compete at Head of the Charles Regatta

This past weekend, thirteen Deerfield rowing alums, competed in the 53rd Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Massachusetts for their respective colleges. Since its origin in 1965, the Head of the Charles Regatta has welcomed the world’s best crew teams to the banks of the Charles River for the ultimate two-day rowing competition.

Participating Deerfield alums ranged from freshmen all the way up to seniors competing in their last collegiate seasons. Freshmen and sophomore alums included: Lily Fauver ’17 (Dartmouth Open), Will Sanford ’17 (Dartmouth), Freddie Johnson ’17 (Harvard Lightweights), Gordon Johnson ’17 (Princeton Heavyweights), Luca Basile ’17 (Holy Cross) and Victoria Castellano-Wood ’16 (Cornell Open). Junior alums included Henry Sanford ‘15 (Dartmouth Heavyweights), Bryce Klehm ’15 (UPenn Lightweights), Sam Armstrong ’15 (Williams), Claire Collins ’15 (Princeton Open) and Eileen Russell ’15 (Williams). Senior Deerfield alums consisted of Grant Louis ’14 (Yale Heavyweights) and Rich Caputo ’14 (Brown Heavyweights) who participated in their last Head of the Charles Regatta as collegiate rowers.

Grant Louis ‘14, a Hinsdale, Illinois native, coxed Yale’s second boat at this year’s Head of the Charles that crossed the finish line at 14:08.53, good for 18th among men’s championship eight schools. Louis, now a senior at Yale, has had a decorated career as a coxswain in New Haven. He has been a four year member of the Yale men’s heavyweight rowing team, contributing each of those years. As a freshman and sophomore, he coxed the third and second varsity to numerous race wins such as IRA Championships and the Blackwell Cup. Last year as a junior, he had a break out year, coxing the Yale first varsity to a national championship, an EARC Sprints title and a 7-0 dual racing season that included a victory in the Yale-Harvard Regatta. For his efforts, he received First Team All-Ivy Honors.

At Deerfield, Louis was a four year member of the men’s varsity rowing team as a coxswain and served as co-captain his senior year with fellow classmate Rich Caputo ’14. Grant coxed the Deerfield Boys’ 4+ to a 1st place finish at the Youth National Championships in 2012 and a 3rd place finish in 2014. Additionally, he coxed the boy’s 4+ that won silver at NEIRAs in 2012, bronze in 2013 and gold in 2014 during his senior year.

Rich Caputo ’14, also competed in his last Head of the Charles on Sunday. His Brown University second varsity heavyweight boat finished in 24th place, crossing the finish line in a time of 14:26.21. During his time at Brown, Caputo has been a contributing member of the crew team. In his first-year, he rowed in the sixth seat of the varsity eight boat that placed fourth at the IRA National Championship. As a sophomore, he stroked the second varsity boat that finished third in the petite finals at the IRA National Championship. Last year as a junior, Caputo rowed in the fifth seat of the second varsity boat that won the petite final at the IRA National Championship and placed sixth at Eastern Sprints. He was also named an IRA All-Academic.

At Deerfield, Caputo was a member of the boys varsity rowing team and served as co-captain his senior year with Louis. He won the NEIRI gold medal and Youth Nationals bronze medal in 2014 as a senior and was a NEIRA bronze medalist in 2013. His sophomore year in 2012, the team won a NEIRA silver medal and a Youth Nationals gold medal. During his senior year, Caputo was also awarded with the Coaches’ Award.

Congratulations to all of our rowing alums who competed at the 2017 Head of the Charles Regatta and best of luck finishing out the year!

Go Big Green!


Deerfield Alumni Results:

Men’s Club 4+

Henry Sanford ‘15 (Dartmouth Heavyweights) – 2nd out of 52

Women’s Club 4+

Lily Fauver ’17 (Dartmouth Open) – 4th out of 53

Men’s Club 8+

Will Sanford ’17 (Dartmouth) – 9th out of 36

Freddie Johnson ’17 (Harvard Lightweights) – 11th out of 36

Women’s Championship 4+

Victoria Castellano-Wood ’16 (Cornell Open) – 2nd out of 16

Men’s Championship 8+

Grant Louis ’14 (Yale Heavyweights) – 18th out of 26

Gordon Johnson ’17 (Princeton Heavyweights) – 19th out of 26

Rich Caputo ’14 (Brown Heavyweights) – 24th out of 26

Luca Basile ’17 (Holy Cross) – 26th out of 26

Men’s Lightweight 8+

Bryce Klehm ’15 (UPenn Lightweights) – 14th out of 16

Men’s Collegiate 8+

Sam Armstrong ’15 (Williams) – 16th out of 37

Women’s Championship 8+

Claire Collins ’15 (Princeton Open) – 12th out of 36

Women’s Collegiate 8+

Eileen Russell ’15 (Williams) – 3rd out of 26

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