Spring Racing on the Charles

This weekend the Huskies traveled to Boston, MA where the 1V8+, 2V8+, 3V8+ and N8+ raced against Boston College, Bates College, and Harvard Lightweights. The immense head wind and raining conditions didn’t make for ideal racing conditions but the team powered through gaining race experience and recognition on an even greater competitive scale.

The racing started with the V8+ earning a fourth place finish behind the third place Boston College by over 10 seconds. The 2V8+ and 3V8+ had similar results recording a fourth place finish as well.

The N8+ on the other side rowed to a third place finish besting Boston College and a lone Tufts 8+. They recorded a time within 11 seconds of the number 4th ranked Harvard Lightweight crew.

Next up the UConn Men will be hosting a home race on April 17th in Coventry, CT! They will be hosting the University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Rhode Island, University of New Hampshire, and the University of Vermont. Come down and support the team continuing with their intense racing season!


Successful Spring Break

The UConn Men’s Crew team started off the spring of 2016 season on March 13th with a return to training camp down in Summerton, SC. The final days of the Huskies’ spring break, the team traveled to the 1996 Olympic rowing course Lake Lanier for the annual John Hunter Regatta.

The V8+ in the new ‘T.D. Walker’ entered a competitive field and secured a spot in the Grand Final event later in the day with a second place finish in their heat, besting the University of New Hampshire by over 5 seconds. The V8+ fought their way into a 4th place finish in the Varsity Eight only seconds behind the third place Georgia Tech crew.

Success continued for the 2V8+ who won a silver medal in their grand final, crushing other crews by multiple boat lengths. The 3V8+ in a tough field of 7 crews earned a 6th place finish in their JV8+ category.

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The N8+ followed in the 2V8+ footsteps walking away with a silver medal as well as the N4+ winning their flight and posting the second fastest time over 19 other crews in their category.

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The team will be traveling to the Charles River in Boston, MA for the next race on April 2nd where they will be racing Boston College, Bates College, and the Harvard Lightweight Team. We look forward to seeing everyone there supporting the team!

‘T.D. Walker’ Added to the UConn Fleet

Last week, with the help of some Alumni Donors, the UConn Men were able to add a boat to their fleet. The Vespoli V1 8+ was purchased from The Kent School, who named it after T.D. Walker, their second boys head coach in history. It will now serve as UConn’s 1V8+. Thank you to all of the UConn Alumni and to The Kent School.

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1V4+ Win Head of the Fish!

This past Saturday the Huskies traveled to Saratoga Springs, NY where they competed against East Coast crews competing for the highly sought-after Fish Head Plaque, commemorating a win over an event.

For the first time in UConn Crew history, the Husky 1st Varsity 4+ beat out the likes of WPI, BC, UMass, and the 3 Ivy-League Columbia boats to win the Men’s Collegiate 4+ event against 45 other entries and win its first Fish Head. 12187754 10208179247181999 7342582888325405114 N


The 3 Novice 8+s were fast as well with the A boat placing 5th, the B boat placing 4th, and the C boat beating 11 boats! This caps off the fastest Novice class that UConn has ever had.

The Varsity 8+s followed suit with the 1st Varsity 8+ posting a time less than three seconds off 3rd place and the 2nd Varsity 8+ placing 14th in a strong event.

The Novice 4+ capped off the successful regatta with the last race placing 3rd in their event of 21 boats.

This final regatta marks a historic season for the UConn Men’s Crew team. The high energy during this season is being transferred to winter condition where the team will build its strength in preparation for the important and competitive spring season. The team would like to thank everyone who came out to support the team especially including the parents who contributed to the food at the regattas! We hope to see everyone in the spring season!

Husky Collegiate Men’s 4+ Place 7th out of 46 at the 51st Head of the Charles!

This past Saturday the UConn Men traveled to Boston, MA for the largest regatta in the world, the Head of the Charles Regatta. From a top-half placement in last year’s regatta the Men earned an automatic bid in this year’s regatta in the Men’s Collegiate 4+ event.

This year the Huskies placed 7th out of 46 entries! The 4+ beat the likes of the University of Michigan, University of Delaware, Boston College, and Harvard University’s time in the comparable Club 4+ event the same day. This finish is the best performance UConn has placed in the regatta and earned the team an automatic entry in next year’s HOCR!12079966 10153537475041084 2852029559731135329 O

The boat was rowed by Colm O Riada (stroke), Conner Gavin (3 seat), Matthew Kessenich (2 seat), and Philip Hallwood (bow), coxed by Jake Belanger.

Next up, the Men’s Team travels to Saratoga Springs on October 31st for the 29th Annual Head of the Fish Regatta. There the UConn Men will race a Varsity 8+, 2nd Varsity 8+, two Varsity 4+s, three Novice 8+s, and a Novice 4+. Come out and support your Huskies at their last regatta of the season!

UConn Collegiate 4+ Takes on the 51st Head of the Charles

The UConn Men’s Crew Team earned an automatic entry in this year’s Head of the Charles Regatta for their placement in last years race. The details for the race are below:

Men’s Collegiate 4+

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Bow Number 22

Race Time: 3:54pm

Black Hull with Navy and White Checkered Blades

If you are not in Boston and would like to see them race, go to this website and watch them wherever you want! Go Huskies!

Livestream Link


Varsity 8+ Earn Second and Novice 8+ Win the Head of the Housatonic

This past Saturday the UConn Men’s Crew team traveled to Shelton, CT for the 21st annual Head of the Housatonic Regatta. There, the team entered 2 Varsity 8+s, 3 Novice 8+s, a Varsity 4+, and a Novice 4+

The first Varsity 8+ earned second in the Collegiate 8+ only 5 seconds behind the winner, Fairfield University with the second Varsity 8+ coming in 6th. The first Varsity 8+ was coxed by Jacob Belanger and rowed by Matthew Kessenich (stroke), Phillip Hallwood (7 seat), Colm O Riada (6 seat), Phillip Hnatowicz (5 seat), James Traglia (4 seat), Eric Burfeind (3 seat), Jacob Bond (2 seat), and Conner Gavin (bow).

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The first Novice 8+ won their heat with the second Novice 8+ placing 5th and the third Novice 8+ coming in 7th. The Novice 8+ was coxed by Kaitlyn Lyons and rowed by Ian Richardson (stroke), Noah Freeman (7 seat), Jack Kostal (6 seat), Jack Fritch (5 seat), Paul Lori (4 seat), Patrick Madaus (3 seat), Bobby Lepre (2 seat), and Tony Vournazos (bow).

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The Novice 4+ placed second in their event coming in right behind the Ivy League Columbia University. The Varsity 4+ had a tough race in a strong field of crews and placed 12th.

Next up the Huskies look towards the 51st Head of the Charles Regatta where they are sending a Varsity 4+ in hopes to be the first UConn Men’s Crew boat to medal at the world’s largest regatta. More information will follow on their race and the live stream link to watch them cruise on the Charles River!


Gold Earned at Textile River Regatta

Despite the windy and white-cap weather conditions during the Textile River Regatta, the UConn Men’s Crew team took gold in their only race of the day. The Novice 4+ rowed by Ian Richardson (stroke), Noah Freeman (3 seat), Jack Kostal (2 seat), and Tony Vournazos coxed by Melanie Kahn bested their 9 boat competition by a minute.

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As the day progressed the weather conditions in Lowell got too rough and the rest of the regatta was called off. The two Varsity 8+s, Varsity 4+, and Novice 8+ were excited to race and put their hard work to the test but will use that energy towards this coming week at the Head of the Housatonic.

The Head of the Housatonic will be held on October 10th in Shelton, CT. The UConn Men will be racing two Varsity 8+s, a Varsity 4+, 3 Novice 8+s, and a Novice 4+. Come out and support the Huskies as they take on the likes of Yale, Coast Guard Academy, and Fairfield!

Meet your new Team Captains!

Matthew Kessenich

Matt is entering his senior year as a Physiology and Neurobiology major with the aim to attend medical school after graduation. Matt was bow in the Varsity 2- this past season that placed second at the American Collegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta and 2 seat in the Varsity 4+ that won the Knecht Cup. He has represented UConn every year in the Head of the Charles Regatta in the Club 8+, Club 4+, and Club 1x. During the summers he is the coach for a master’s rowing club in VA as well as helps coach the US Junior National Team in Pittsburgh, PA.

Leon Peschel

Leon is entering his senior year as a Finance major in the Special Program in Law. He began rowing his freshman year at UConn. He has rowed in the Varsity 8+ that medaled in the Head of the Riverfront as well as rowed in the Head of the Charles Regatta. During the summer Leon works in the early identification financial management program at GE in Philadelphia, PA.