This past weekend the UConn Men traveled to West Windsor, NJ for the 2-day regatta, Knecht Cup. There, the Huskies raced a Novice 4+, Novice 8+, and three Varsity 4+s.
After a delayed regatta due to wind, the Novice 8+ rowed a tough race in the brutal windy conditions against Boston College, Hobart, and Army. The Novice 4+ cruised through their first race to earn a spot in the grand final. After a heated race between 6 other boats, the Novice 4+ earned a bronze medal, taking 3rd out of 32 boats in their event! The boat was rowed by Erik Knudsen (stroke), Eric Burfeind (3), James Traglia (2), and Stephen Strosser (bow) with Anna Rench coxing them to their incredible finish.
The three Varsity 4+s duked it out in their grand finals race with the third boat earning 6th place, the second boat placed 4th, and the first boat came out on top winning the Club 4+ event! The first Varsity 4+ was rowed by Christopher Kilborn (stroke), Conner Gavin (3), Matthew Kessenich (2), and Jacob Bond with Luke McNaboe coxing them to victory.
The UConn Men travel to Lowell, MA for the UMass Lowell Invitational Regatta where they will race in hopes of building their medal count for the season. See all you Husky supporters there!
The UConn Men traveled to Camp Robert Cooper on Lake Marion, South Carolina for the week of March 16th for their annual spring training trip. While at camp, the team scrimmaged Bowdoin College, the University of Maryland, Clarkson University, and Stony Brook University to as race practice for the 2 kilometer races. Of course with hard work comes some play; the team competed in intramural sports games and races mixed 8+s between other UConn boats of course with the aid of rower coxswains.
With Coventry Lake back home in Storrs still completely iced over, the three-a-day practices led to valuable time on the water with their first regatta, the Knecht Cup Regatta only 2 weeks away. There, the Huskies will be racing in the Varsity 4+, JV 4+, Novice 8+, and Novice 4+ categories on Mercer Lake in West Windosr Township, NJ on April 11th and 12th. For more information on the regatta and race times check out http://www.regattaworks.com/knecht/?id=132. Hope to see all of you Husky supporters there!
After running the numbers multiple times, we have come to the conclusion that we are going to be unable to race one of our most competitive boats, the varsity pair, this season. A pair is a two person rowing shell that requires a great deal of skill to master compared to larger boats and is a valuable tool for any team. Although last season the pair was only intended to be a training tool, it was entered into two races, and medaled in both. At this point it is looking bleak that we will get the chance to race it. We are a 100% student run organization, which has come a long way in the recent years. We are a club sport and run on a very tight budget therefore we look to rent boats as we cannot afford to buy them often. The pair was planning to compete in some of the biggest races in the country such as the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia and the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championships in Gainesville, Georgia to show how far our team has come in recent years and to represent Connecticut at these regattas . As a team we are hoping to raise $2000 in order to rent a pair and pay for race entries for this boat to exist this season. Any donation is welcome and will greatly help in allowing us to race it semester.
Thank you for everyone who came out to support our team and the Wounded Warrior Project in our annual fundraiser! Despite the frigid Saturday morning we had a great attendance including some of the UConn Women’s Rowing team and Run 169 Towns Society. The results from the race are posted on the website below. We hope we see everyone again next year!
UConn Men’s Crew 2nd Annual Turkey Trot Results
The Huskies had another strong showing at the Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga Springs, NY. The Varsity 2- earned 3rd place out of 16 boats in the Open 2- event. The Varsity Lightweight 4+ placed 5th, the Varsity 4+ finished 10th out of 27 boats, and the Varsity 8+ placed 20th in their strong event.
The two Novice 8+’s finished 18th and 27th out of 37 boats in their race. The Novice A 4+ earned 3rd place and the Novice B 4+ finished 15th of 22 in the same Novice 4+ event.
With such a strong Fall season complete, both the Varsity and Novice UConn Men’s Crew team are starting their Winter Training program and look to claim more medals in the Spring season! Earn your medals in the winter, pick them up in the spring!
3 boats raced this past weekend at the annual Head of the Charles Regatta. The Alumni 8+ who raced Saturday afternoon placed 53rd in their large event. The Collegiate 4+ coxed by Luke McNaboe, rowed by Jack Connolly, Christopher Kilborn, Tyler Sheil, and Jason Bennett also raced Saturday afternoon and finished in the top half of their event earning the team an automatic bid in the Collegiate 4+ event at the 2015 Head of the Charles! And finally, on a blustery, cold morning unlike the weather for Saturday’s racing, the UConn Club 1x rowed by Matthew Kessenich placed 30th out of 44 entries.
With an impressive showing at this prestigious head race the Huskies look to their next race in Saratoga Springs, NY this Saturday where the following boats will be raced:
- Men’s Open 2-
- Men’s Collegiate Lightweight 4+
- Men’s Collegiate 4+
- Men’s Collegiate 8+
- Men’s Collegiate Novice 8+ (2 entries)
- Men’s Collegiate Novice 4+ (2 entries)
The UConn Men will travel to Cambridge, Massachusetts this weekend to race at the world’s most prestigious and largest regatta, the Head of the Charles. Rowing amongst people of all experience levels, from high school to olympians, the Huskies will be racing in three events: Men’s Collegiate 4+, Men’s Alumni 8+, and Men’s Club 1x. Come out and support our 3 boats as they race on Saturday and Sunday!
Can’t make it to the races? Watch UConn row online via the Head of the Charles live webcast of the regatta at: http://www.hocr.org/the-regatta/live-webcast/
Race schedule of this weekend:
- Men’s Alumni 8+ – Event 14
Saturday – 12:18pm – Bow Number 29
- Men’s Collegiate 4+ - Event 26
Saturday – 4:00pm – Bow Number 25
- Men’s Club 1x - Event 32a
Sunday – 8:27am – Bow Number 28
The Varsity men earned medals at their second regatta of the fall season! The Huskies started off with racing the Varsity 2- who earned silver beating Yale, Wentworth, Pelham, and Coast Guard. The Varsity 8+ placed 10th in their fast category. The Varsity 4+ earned gold in the 15-boat Collegiate 4+ category. Due to no lightweight 4+ category the Varsity Lightweight 4+ raced in the heavyweight Collegiate 4+ category and placed 11th, beating 4 other heavyweight boats.
The UConn Novice had an impressive first race with one of the 4+ Novice boats winning gold! The other Novice 4+ entry placed 5th beating 4 other boats. The two Novice 8+s rowed a tough race against Ivy League schools and placed 8th and 10th. With a strong start to their rowing career the team is looking forward to their next race at the Head of the Fish in Saratoga Springs, NY to see if they can repeat their impressive showing this past Saturday!
Following 4 weeks of practicing on the water, the UConn Men’s Crew team earned medals at their first race of the season! The Varsity 8+ placed 3rd and the Varsity 4+ bested their competition by over 20 seconds to claim 1st place!! Due to no lightweight category at the race, the Lightweight 4+ rowed a tough race in the Collegiate 4+ category and placed 5th. The UConn Men travel to Shelton, CT next Saturday for the Head of the Housatonic where 2 Novice 8+, 2 Novice 4+, and a Varsity 2- will be raced in addition to the boats that raced today. See all you Husky supporters there!