The men's rowing team exceeded expectations at the 44th annual Head of the Charles Regatta this weekend, posting a fifth-place finish in the Collegiate Fours division.

The team, coxed by Shalmai Rivera '10, finished with a final time of 17:09.304.

The rest of the boat consisted of Sam Read '09, Andrew Gallagher '09, Mikyo Butler '10, and Tommy Wilcox '09.

They finished behind the University of Michigan, Trinity College, Fordham College, and University of St. Thomas to claim the fifth spot.

Wilcox expressed how pleased the team was with the result.

"We were thinking a really good race would get us a top 10 result, so top five was pretty awesome," he said.

On the women's end, the Polar Bears again did well in the Collegiate Fours. The team, of Anne Tolsma '10, Megan Rawson '10, Alaina Thomas '09, Caroline Ciocca '12, and cox Shamir Rivera '10 finished in eighth place.

The boat completed the race with a time of 19:45.273, just ahead of ahead of Wheaton College, who finished just over two seconds later.

Bowdoin sent two other boats to the regatta including a Club Men's Fours team, as well as a second Collegiate Fours Women, which finished in 22nd place.