This past Saturday, the UConn Men’s Crew Team returned from their annual spring training trip to Camp Bob Cooper in Summerton, South Carolina. Arriving on March 10th, the Huskies hit the ground running and transitioned back to rowing on the water after a long winter spent on the ergs. Time was well spent, with 3+ training sessions a day in beautiful South Carolina weather.
A hard week of training was capped off with racing against fellow Camp Bob Cooper attendees: University of Minnesota, Lehigh University, Susquehanna University, Carnegie Mellon, and Bowdoin College.
The 1V8 placed third in their race, followed by second and third place finishes by the 2V8 and 3V8 in their respective races. The Lightweight 4 battled their way to a second place finish, falling only to Minnesota. The Huskies carry this momentum into the spring season as they prepare for their upcoming race against Amherst College and Fairfield University on Saturday, March 24th.
Today kicks off Ignite, our largest fundraiser of the year. Ignite is the greatest source of funds for the team. UConn Men’s Crew has grown extensively over the past few years – with the team at its largest and fastest, we require new equipment to allow us to grow and remain competitive against other programs.
The donations we received in 2017 allowed the team to purchase the Lara – a racing shell from Cornell University. The funds we gather this year will go to purchase yet another racing shell, in order to accommodate for our rapidly growing team. Additional funds will be used for boathouse maintenance and equipment. In order to show our appreciation for any donations, members of the team will be combining at the end of Ignite to row 1 meter for every 1 dollar raised.
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In an exciting move for the team, the Ratcliffe-Hicks Arena was named as the new home of winter training for UConn Men’s Crew. With a dedicated space to keep ergs, along with a spacious arena for cross-training, stretching, and team activities, this is a stride towards gaining speed for the Spring season. Only five weeks remain until the team trip to Camp Bob Cooper in Summerton, SC. The athletes are firing on all cylinders, putting in countless meters on the ergometers and hours in the weightroom. The team is the largest and fastest it has ever been; the future looks bright for the Huskies.
On April 29, the team traveled to New Rochelle, NY to participate in the Spring Metropolitan Championship Regatta. Despite battling against a strong head wind and less than ideal water conditions, the 1V8+ came out with a win in the grand final, beating out Fairfield in a strong race.
The 1N8+’s continual improvement and hard work showed off with a win in their event. As the season begins to come to a close, the varsity squad is looking forward to rowing next fall with the talented novice class we had this spring .
Next is the New England Rowing Championship on May 6, where the team will go against some of the fastest school in the region.
On April 8/9, 2017, the Huskies traveled to Mercer Lake, NJ to compete in the annual Knecht Cup. After Saturday’s races were cancelled due to high winds, the team returned Sunday ready to race.
The 1V8+ placed first in the grand final of the club 8+ category, beating competitive schools such as Villanova, Rhode Island, and Bucknell. They automatically qualified for the grand final after a second place finish in heats. This first place finish shows how much the hard work, positive mindset, and drive for success has paid off. The team is motivated to continue on, with New England and National championships quickly approaching.
The 2V8+, 1N8+, and 2N8+ all rowed hard against tough competition. The 1N8+ missed qualifiying for the grand final by one spot, with a one second gap pushing them out. Due to the wind, the novice petite final was eliminated. Although the 2V8+ and 2N8+ did not advance after heats, they are both focused on new things to work on to build speed over the next couple weeks.
Overall, the Knecht Cup was a success for UConn. The first place finish in the 1V8+ marks the first gold medal for the team at Knecht, in 8+’s. The team is back on the water, motivated more than ever to continue growth of the program for the future.
This past weekend, the team traveled to Lowell, Massachusetts to compete in the Patriot Cup, a race against each of the New England state schools. This annual regatta allows the Huskies to test their speed against UMass Amherst, URI, UVM, UNH, and UMass Lowell.
The 1V8+ raced an amazing race, holding first place for the first 1500m of the race. Even though they were edged out of a first place finish during the sprint by UMass Amherst and URI, they were only 3 seconds off of first place, as vast improvement over last year. The 1V8+ is back on the water this week, practicing with a renewed motivation and hunger for speed after this weekend’s strong performance.
The 1N8+ also showed improvement this weekend, proving that they are building speed and becoming a competitive lineup. They lost to URI by less than 3 seconds, and won against UMass Lowell by more than 12. The entire novice class is looking forward to the remainder of the season and continued success.
The 2V8+ and 2N8+ raced hard, showing that they are determined to keep working in preparation for the upcoming Knecht Cup. Even though the team didn’t walk away with a first place finish, all boats are making the preparations necessary to come back stronger and faster after each week of practice.
The first official regatta of the season showed that the Huskies are hungry for speed. The novice boats had an impressive showing, with the 1N8+ placing 1st against Amherst College, and the 1N4+ placing 1st against Fairfield University and Mass Maritime. These results show that the team is continuing to attract and boat some of the most competitive novice line up in team history.
The UConn 1V8+ placed second, falling to the very competitive Fairfield University by 11 seconds, and beating Amherst by an impressive 13 seconds. The UConn 2V8+ also placed second in their race.
The team returns to practice this week with new things to work on in time next weekend’s racing!
During spring break, the team traveled down to Summerton, South Carolina for a week of training at Camp Bob Cooper. The days were spent rowing, doing yoga, and bonding with teammates. After a long winter, the team was excited to finally be back on the water for the spring season.
As the week progressed, each boat made steady improvements, showing how much the long process of winter training paid off. The week was finished off by a race against Bowdoin College, with the UConn 1V8+ beating the Bowdoin 1V8+, and the UConn 2V8+ winning against the Bowdoin 2B8+. The novice boats also showed speed in their first spring sprint race.
The Huskies are now back on their home lake in Coventry, CT, practicing daily and continuing to make improvements throughout the season. The team is looking forward to the upcoming racing this spring!
Pictured above is the last practice of the week at Camp Bob, where the team completely mixed up the lineups, with rowers coxing, and coxswains rowing!
This winter, the Huskies have been busy putting in work in the erg room, weight room, and classroom, in preparation for what is shaping up to be a very competitive spring. Winter training is a long, challenging process, but with the team practicing together multiple times a week, teammates are able to motivate each other to keep moving and get faster.
Last weekend, the team competed in “Erg Olympics,” a competition where the team is divided into smaller groups of three to four rowers, and assigned a country. Events competed in include a blindfolded 500m, 100m sprint, a 6k relay, and others. Each year, this practice brings new motivation for the team to make the final push to our spring break training trip to Camp Bob.
On Sunday, February 12, several rowers will be competing at the C.R.A.S.H-B. Indoor Rowing Championships, in Boston, MA. This competition attracts some of the top rowers from countries around the world, and is a great experience for those new to rowing as well as those with years of experience.
On Sunday, October 23, 2016, the Huskies will be competing in the Head of the Charles Regatta in the Collegiate 8+ and 4+ categories. The schedule for the race is as follows:
Time: 1:15 PM
Black Hull with Navy and White Checkered Blades
Time: 3:15 PM
Blue Hull with Navy and White Checkered Blades
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