The Huskies concluded their season this past weekend with the ACRA National Championship Regatta in Gainesville, Georgia. The Novice Lightweight 4 placed an impressive second in the grand final, falling only to University of Michigan. This is the second medal UConn has received at ACRA since their first attendance in 2015.
The Varsity Lightweight 4+ and Varisty Quad won their respective petite finals, while the 1V8+ placed second in the the third final. The Varsity Double was unable to compete in finals due to an injury.
This was the most athletes UConn has ever brought to ACRA, and is a testament to how far the program has come in the past years. The team plans on carrying this momentum forward into another year of growth and development. We would like to thank all of our parents, alumni, and fans for their continued support, we couldn’t do it without you!
This upcoming Saturday and Sunday, UConn Men’s Crew will travel to Gainseville, Georgia to compete at the Lake Lanier 1996 Olympic Venue for the ACRA National Championship Regatta.
Linked below is a live-stream followed by heat times for all of the Husky boats.
Link to the live-stream is HERE
Men’s Varsity 8+
Race 45-48 – 11:48am – 12:12pm – top 3 to A/B Semi, Remainder to 2 Reps.
Look for: Blue Hull
Men’s Lightweight 4+
Race 34-35 – 10:48 – 10:54am – top 3 to A Final, Remainder to 2 Reps.
Look for: White Hull with Blue Stripes
Men’s Novice Lightweight 4+
Race 49 – 12:18pm – All to Final, places determine lane.
Look for: White Hull with Green and Red Stripes
Men’s Varsity 4x
Race 32-33 – 10:36am – 10:42am – Top 3 to A Final, Remainder to 1 Rep.
Look for: White Hull
Men’s Varsity 2x
Race 10-12 – 8:24 – 8:36am, Top 2 to A Final, Remainder to 2 Reps.
Look for: Blue Hull
UConn Men’s Crew had a stellar Saturday at Orchard Beach Lagoon. The annual Spring Metropolitan Championships in Pelham, NY yielded no disappointment as three separate boats placed in podium positions.
The Huskies took the Men’s Varistiy 8+ event by storm, advancing ALL THREE boats to the grand final. The 1v8+ went on to place first, the 2V8 took second, and the 3V8 finished fifth. On the novice side, the N Men’s LWT 4+ placed an impressive second in the open Novice 4+ category
Following a rigorous exam week for the student-athletes, the team traveled to Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA for the New England Rowing Championships. Due to an unfortunate overlap between graduation and the regatta, lineups had to be rearranged but a successful day of racing was still had.
The 2V4+ & 3V4+, after their first time trial experiences in the morning, both went on to win their petite finals. 2V8+ raced hard in their heat to finish 4th and earn a spot in the petite final, where they finished 6th. The 1V8+ placed 5th in their heat to progress to the 3rd final, where they finished 2nd.
Next up are the ACRA National Championships. A year of racing and training leads up to this high-stakes race in Gainesville, Georgia. The Huskies will be sending the 1V8+, Lightweight 4+, Novice Lightweight 4+, Quad, and Double. Updates on this regatta will follow.
UConn Men’s Crew hosted the New England state schools this past Sunday for the 3rd annual Patriot Cup. University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Rhode Island, University of New Hampshire, and the University of Vermont made the trip for an exciting day of racing on Coventry Lake.
The Huskies utilized their home-field advantage, taking an impressive 2nd in the Freshman 8+, 1V4+, 2V4+ , Freshman 4+ and 3V4+. The 2V8+ and 1V8+ faced a tough field and placed 4th and 5th place finishes in their respective races.
The team returns to practice this week in preparation for the Spring Metropolitan Championships in Pelham, NY, with eyes on the fast approaching ACRA National Championships.
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.