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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Race Time: 3:54pm

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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.

The Varsity 2- are the Second Fastest in the Nation!

The Varsity 2- placed 2nd in the grand finals of the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championships!! This regatta being the national championships of men’s rowing means that your UConn Varsity 2- is the 2nd fastest in the nation! 

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The Huskies want to give a special thank you to the Texas Crew Team for their generosity of providing housing, training needs, and their support throughout training and racing at the ACRA Championships!

With this being the official end of the spring 2015 rowing season for the Huskies, the team has already started training for the fall 2015 season in preparation for Head of the Textile, Head of the Housatonic, Head of the Charles, and Head of the Fish regattas! Thank you to all of the Husky supporters for this past successful rowing year and we look forward to the upcoming fall season. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the UConn Men’s Crew Facebook page for additional posts and photos! The link is below.

UConn Men’s Crew Facebook Page

The Varsity 2- Moves on to Grand Finals at ACRA Championships!

The Husky’s Varsity 2- finished 3rd in their heat (and 3rd fastest time overall) which earned them a spot in the grand finals of the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) Championship. They will race at 10:04am EST Sunday battling the likes of Michigan, High Point, and California in hopes of medaling in their first appearance in the national championship regatta. To watch the live stream feed of the 2- race click on the link below:

Live Stream Link for ACRA

The Varsity 2- Training in TX

The Huskies have a 2- training in Austin, TX! The boat was invited to train with the University of Texas Men’s Rowing team and will spend a week in preparation for the American Collegiate Rowing Association Championships on May 23rd and 24th. They will be racing in Gainesville, Georgia on Lake Lanier – the site of rowing in the 1996 Olympic Games. The link for the live-stream of the race will be posted soon.

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