The Varsity 8+ and Novice 8+ Show Speed at the 2016 ACRA National Championships

After being ranked 26th out of 29 boats coming into the national championships in the Varsity 8+ event, the Huskies earned 18th place out of all of the team competing in the regatta. In their repechage, the Huskies duked it out for a third place finish placing a time of 6:08.101, 0.349 seconds off earning a spot in semi-finals. In C finals the Varsity 8+ placed second behind Notre Dame.

The Novice 8+ proved their speed just barely missing out on competing in grand finals, getting edged out by 0.01 seconds. In the B finals the Novice 8+ placed 4th, coming in 12th out of 22 boats in the championship.

This national championship showing by the Varsity 8+ and Novice 8+ capped off a program-changing season for the team. With an even faster incoming freshman class and the 7 graduating seniors, the Huskies are looking for an even greater improvement of speed for the upcoming season. A big thank you to everyone who came out and supported the UConn Men on their incredible 2015-2016 year!

Watch the Varsity 8+ and Novice 8+ at ACRA National Championships

This upcoming Saturday May 28, the Huskies will be racing in Gainesville, GA on Lake Lanier for the 2016 American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championships. Last year the team raced a Varsity 2- to this regatta while this year the team is racing a Varsity 8+ and a Novice 8+ boat. Listed below are the details for the events of Saturday’s preliminary racing:

Men’s Freshman Novice 8+

Race 25 – 10:24am – top 2 to semifinals, remainder to repechages 

Lane 2 – White Hull

Men’s Varsity 8+

Race 40 – 11:54am – top 2 to semifinals, remainder to repechages 

Lane 7 – Royal Blue Hull

Link to Livestream Webpage: Click here

Stay tuned for updated results and repachages/semifinal schedules!

Successful New England Rowing Championships

This past weekend UConn Men traveled to Worcester, MA on April 30 for the annual New England Rowing Championships (NERCs). The team raced in the Varsity 8+, Second Varsity 8+, Third Varsity 8+, Novice 8+ and the Novice 4+ category.

The Varsity 8+ started off the day of racing by placing 4th in their heat earning them a spot in the petite finals. Later in the day, the 8+ placed 5th in the final just behind UNH and UMass.

The Novice 8+ also had a strong showing in their heat finishing in 2nd place earning them a spot in the grand finals. In a tough final, the Novice 8+ finished seconds behind Boston College in 5th place.

The Second Varsity 8+ finished 7th in their fast heat with the Third Varsity 8+ coming in 4th in their heat, one place shy of making grand finals. The Novice 4+ finished 3rd in their heat, earning them a place in grand finals where they placed 6th.

The Huskies will be continuing their season with two boats training for the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) National Championships: Varsity 8+ and the Novice 8+. Check back for ACRA lane assignments and the link to be able to livestream the races!

UConn Hosts the First Annual Patriot Cup

This past Sunday, April 17th, the UConn Men hosted their first home race in 4 years. Local state New England colleges attended: University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Rhode Island, University of New Hampshire, and the University of Vermont.

Both the V8+ and the 2V8+ finished 4th in a competitive heat, with the 2V8+ only 0.05 seconds off of 3rd place. The 3V8+ earned a second place finish only 8 seconds off of the 1st place URI boat.

The N8+ had a great showing and earned 2nd place in a very fast N8+ race. The N4+ were in a tough race and earned 4th place out of 5 boats.

The huskies now have 2 weeks to prepare for the New England Rowing Championships that are going to be held on April 30th in Worcester, MA. We hope to see all you Husky supporters there!

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!