Occoquan Challenge - September 29, 2002, Sunday 11:30 - 3:00pm
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2003 Results

Conditions: 76 degrees. Sunny- Windy 0-9 mph cross/head wind. Water quality good

The 2003 Occoquan Challenge conditions were excellent for this USRowing officiated race. The Occoquan Challenge received over 175 entries for this regatta, well over a 20 percent increase from its third year. The Occoquan Challenge is unlike most fall races in that the race starts and begins at the same location and includes several challenging turns and straight-aways.

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Several divisions were added and notable performances were put in by several crews:

In the mens open events- In both the Mens 4+ and 8+ open events, the Naval Academy pulled in several top finishes earning the right to name this year's open men's eight trophy.

In the Women Open 1x- In the womens 1x, racing for the top four positions was hotly contested. Michelle Borkhuis edged out Katie Madigan by one second for first place.

In the Women's Master 1x- Masters Sculler Vicky Reynolds won over OBC local Ann Sudar in the womens master division

In the Doubles, Katie Madigan and Catherine Humblet finished ahead of Melissa Rice and Melanie Borger and eastablished a course record for the event. The team of Cox and Alloway took 1st and set a new course record by four seconds.

Within the Mens Master Ix- Robert Spousta raced in for the second best overall time in the Mens 50 division earning him first place and this year's Master 1x Trophy. Chuck Selden and Jaime Rubini followed closely behind.

IN the Eights- For the first year ever, NVRC took both Junior trophies on the Mens and Womens eights. Capital RC, and new course record holder for the lightweight division, Alexandria, followed closely behind. IN the Masters division, the men from ACR took first and now hold the course record. In the Women's Masters division, The PWRC ladies ate away at their previous course record pulling several seconds from the record. The PWRC ladies have held the course record for the women's master division since the first year of this regatta.

in the Womens Four- Capital RC easily captured the first two places in the womens division. The Mens Club boat of Capital RC came in third beating several crews including the previous course record holder, Princeton Lights(IPTF). In the Master 4+, the women from Annapolis RC edged ahead of Chester River RC taking first and grabbing the women's course record from Prince William.

In the Mixed Events- Alexandria won the Masters Mixed entry, Virginia BC took the 2004 Parent Child event.

Conditions: 78 Degrees, Sunny, Excellent(headwinds earlier in the day):