Knecht Cup Recap

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.

Three Boats Win GOLD at First Spring Race

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

Spring Training Trip a Success

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.

Donate to the 2018 Ignite Fundraiser!

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.

Help us reach our goal of $20,000! Here is the link to donate:

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We appreciate your generosity!

Huskies Stay Tough Through Winter Training

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.

Varsity 8+ and Novice 8+ WIN 2017 Spring Metropolitan Championship Regatta

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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.

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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.

Varsity 8+ Earns GOLD at 2017 Knecht Cup

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.

DSC_0206DSC_0259The 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.

Impressive Showing at the 2017 Patriot Cup

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.


Spring Racing vs. Fairfield University, Amherst College

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!