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), 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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The Huskies Take on Dad Vail!

This past weekend the UConn Men’s Varsity 2- and Novice 4+ traveled to Philadelphia to compete in the 77th Dad Vails regatta on the Schuylkill River!

The Novice 4+ was rowed by Erik Knudsen (stroke), Eric Burfeind (3), James Traglia (2), and Stephen Strosser (bow) with Jess Kirchner as the coxswain. At the race the 4+ placed 2nd in their heat earning them a spot in the semi-finals where they placed 5th against very strong competition. The Novice 4+ has had a stellar season and have been one of the most successful novice boats that UConn has produced and they look forward to continuing their winning streak in the Varsity program next semester!

The Varsity 2- rowed by Chris Kilborn (Stroke) and Matthew Kessenich (Bow) recorded the 3rd fastest time across all 6 heats coming from behind and passing Drexel in the sprint to earn a spot in the semi-finals. In semis the 2- finished 2nd which allowed them to race in the grand finals. In a competitive final race the 2- earned 5th place! With this amazing finish the Varsity 2- are looking to their next race at the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) Championships in Georgia on May 23rd/24th!