Women’s Championship Singles

Gevvie Stone Earns Sixth Title

By Bailey Knecht – Posted on October 18, 2015

Gevvie Stone rowed through a corridor of cheers and roaring applause over the entire three-miles length of the course on Saturday afternoon, winning the women’s Championship Singles race for the sixth time in her Head Of The Charles career.

“The noise today and the support from all the banks and the bridges was incredible- every boathouse, every bridge,” Stone said.

Despite the windy river conditions, she clocked in at 19:43, comfortably ahead of her former Princeton University teammate Kate Bertko, who finished second with a time of 20:25.

Seattle Rowing Center’s Lindsay Meyer rounded out the top three with a 20:33 finish.

Stone jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. She passed Riverside, the first checkpoint, with a seven-second cushion between her and Bertko. The gap only widened from there as she sped to the finish line nearly 43 seconds faster than Bertko.

Stone, a Newton, Mass. native, rows out of the Cambridge Boat Club and is no stranger to rowing on the Charles.

“It’s amazing. It’s incredible,” she said. “I love the river.”

The 30-year-old is just coming off a fourth-place finish in the single sculls at the 2015 World Rowing Championships held in France in September. She also won silver and bronze medals in this summer’s World Cup regattas. Despite her busy year, however, she says that rowing in the Head Of The Charles keeps her focused for upcoming international competitions.

“It actually helps me stay motivated for training,” she said. “As opposed to just heading into a year of training for Worlds, I had a race to prepare for. It’s fun to race and have a race to think about. It’s great motivation to train.”

Stone has been a dominant force in the champ singles race since she first won in 2008. Bertko interrupted Stone’s run with a course-record win in 2013 race, with Stone second by less than three seconds. In the past two races, though, it’s been Stone who earned the win.

“It’s been up and down,” Stone said. “I won a few times, then I lost, and now I won again. But you always try to go out and win it, and I like long races.”

With her sixth win, Stone ties Gail Pierson, who won six consecutive races from 1969-74. She is one behind Anne Marden, who won seven times between 1986-93

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