A sunny Saturday on Mercer Lake yielded a successful day of racing for UConn Men’s Crew. Both of the Freshman Fours made it through to the grand final, with the Frosh 4+ placing 3rd and the Frosh Lwt 4+ placing 6th. The varsity lightweight 4+ placed 2nd out of the lightweight fours in a combined lightweight/open 4+ event.
The Club 4+ and Club 8+ boats had solid runs, progressing from heats to finals and place 6th and 7th in their respective events. Additionally, the second Varsity 4+ finished 5th in their race.
The 1st varsity eight’s event was left for Sunday morning, however it was unfortunately canceled due to high winds. The athletes left Knecht at 7:30am and were back on campus by 11am.
The team is looking forward to getting back on Coventry Lake this week and prepare for the home race on Sunday April 22.
On March 24th, UConn Men’s Crew traveled to Amherst, MA to face off against Amherst College, Fairfield University, and Massachusetts Maritime.
The Huskies came away with three impressive wins in the 1V8+ , 2V8+, and Novice Lightweight 4+. The Lightweight 8+ and Varsity 4+ received second place honors, with the 2V4+ rounding out the pack on a third place finish.
This impressive performance is a testimony to the work the crew has put in over the long winter months. They continue to train and prepare for travels to the Knecht Cup in West Windsor Township, NJ. The races on Mercer Lake will take place on April 14/15.
Shown Above: 1V8+ Sprinting to the Finish
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 scrimmaging against fellow Camp Bob Cooper attendees: University of Minnesota, Lehigh University, Susquehanna University, Carnegie Mellon, and Bowdoin College.
The 1V8 placed third, followed by second and third place finishes by the 2V8 and 3V8 in their respective heats. 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.