GPS athletes to compete in Head of the Charles Regatta

GPS athletes
From left, Katie Nash, Allison Smith (capt.), Ashlen Carroll, Olivia Evans, Lizzy Walley (cox), Ellie Swann, Rebecca Guhde (capt.), Corley Compton, and Larkin Brown (capt.). C/O Pamela Hammonds

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)-  Members of Girls Preparatory School’s varsity rowing team are preparing to compete on the international stage in the Head of the Charles Regatta, the biggest challenge of their season.

The team will visit Cambridge, Massachusetts to race on the Charles River on October 20th.

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GPS is the only Chattanooga school entered; they will compete in the Women’s Youth Eights.

The team will be racing both U.S. and international crews in the largest two-day regatta in the world.

They got in on a lottery, and GPS has sent teams previously in 2000 and 2015.

More than 11,000 athletes will participate in the race, according to the official regatta website.

The ten GPS rowers who are competing are Larkin Brown, Ashlen Carroll, Corley Compton, Olivia Evans, Rebecca Guhde, Katie Nash, Allison Smith, Ellie Swann, Lizzy Walley (coxswain) and Molly Ballenger (alternate). Seniors Guhde, Brown, and Smith will serve as team captains. Brown competed in August in the 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships at the Czech Republic and at the Head of the Charles as a freshman in 2015.

Captian Brown praised her coach ahead of the race. “We’ve worked a lot on the mental side,” she says. “Coach Hall has been instrumental in that, and we’ve grown a lot closer and have higher expectations of our team.”

GPS will compete at home in the Head of the Hooch regatta on November 3-4, organized and hosted by Lookout Rowing Club and Atlanta Rowing Club.