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PHOTO: Somerville Student Rows in Head of the Charles

Share a Somerville story by sending a photo. Today, a Somerville High School junior rows in the Heat of the Charles.

Somerville High School junior Anthony Melchor, shown in the center of this photo, rowed in the famous Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday.

Melchor joined teammates Mohammad Anwar, Kevin Bui, James Hickey and Daniel Doza (the coxswain), all from Malden, as members of the . They are coached by Malden High School teachers Sarah Hones and Shauna Campbell.

Melchor and his team rowed in the 5000 meters event.

The Gentle Giant Rowing Club, which rows on the Mystic River, promotes the sport rowing in communities—such as Somerville—that aren't traditionally rowing communities. The club's website notes, "The sport of rowing is the United States' oldest intercollegiate sport, but it has also been one of the most elitist."

The club, which is sponsored by the Gentle Giant Moving Company, runs rowing programs for youth and adults "regardless of age, culture, financial ability or physical capability."

The club rows out of the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse in Somerville and the Malden Boathouse in Malden.

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