Women’s Champ Singles

Stone Wins Record-Tying 7th Title

Gevvie

By Brooks Sutherland — Posted on October 23, 2016

Rowing through a corridor of cheers from a loving hometown crowd, Newton native Gevvie Stone rowed herself into the Head Of The Charles record book with a dominant win in the women’s championship singles yesterday afternoon.

Stone rowed the course in 19:15 and defeated second-place finisher Stesha Carle of Huntington Beach, Calif. by 39 seconds. She joins Jim Dietz and Anne Marden as the only three athletes ever to win seven singles titles at the Regatta.

“Every win is incredible on this water,” said the 31-year-old Stone, who won her first singles race back in 2008. “I wasn’t going to take anything for granted and went out there knowing that it was a really fast field. I got a huge boost from the crowd, especially on the second half of the course.”

Stone positioned herself early, gaining a 17-second lead over Carle at the Riverside checkpoint and then expanded that advantage to a 23-second lead at Weld. By the time the field passed the Cambridge Boat Club, it was a race for second place. Carle, runner-up to Stone is the US Olympic trials last spring, finished in 19:54. Elle Logan, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in the eight, placed third 20:02. Philadelphia’s Lindsay Meyer, who began the race at Bow 2 and finished third in last year’s race, came in fourth (20:04), while Lauren Schmetterling of Princeton, New Jersey, also a women’s eight gold medalist, rounded out the top five with a time of 20:11.

Stone, who for now is retired from international competition after winning an Olympic silver this summer in Rio, utilized her extensive knowledge of the course and its difficult turns to once again dominant the race.

“You definitely want to have a good race at your home course,” Stone said. “You feel a little pressure and responsibility to do that, but also it’s an honor.

While winds were unpredictable during the race, Stone felt the windy stretches worked to her advantage.

“It was rough from Weeks to Anderson,” she said. “There was a big high wind, and I think that’s where I gained on some people. It wasn’t easy rowing, it was a pretty slow course and it was a matter of just being gutsy the whole way.”

Whether or not Stone, who will start her medical residency in June, will continue to compete for a record eighth singles title at the HOCR is unclear. She also hinted that her retirement from international competition isn’t officially set in stone.

“Never say never,” she said.

 

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