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.
The Huskies return to the water on March 13th when they will travel to Camp Bob in South Carolina for their annual Spring Break training trip where they will debut ‘The Walker.’
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.
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 placing3rd 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!
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!
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!
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).
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).
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!
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.
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!
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 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- 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!
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.
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: