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!

Novice 4+ Takes Bronze at the New England Championships!

This past weekend the UConn Men traveled to Worcester for the annual New England Rowing Championships. The Novice 4+ started off the day by winning their first heat and then medaling in the final! The 4+ was rowed by Erik Knudsen (stroke), Eric Burfeind (3), James Traglia (2), and Stephen Strosser (bow) with Jess Kirchner coxing them to their bronze medal!

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The Novice 8+ followed with a strong performance in a competitive field and earned third in petite finals with clocking their fastest time of the entire season!

The Varsity 4+ earned a spot in the finals by placing second in their heat and then earned fifth in the grand finals. The Second Varsity 4+ were edged out of the grand finals in their heat and earned second place in the petite finals.

Up next the Novice 4+ and Varsity 2- travel to Philadelphia, PA for the Dad Vails Regatta! Check back for information on heat times and a link to be able to live stream the races!

The UConn Men Honor Victoria Callas

On Sunday, April 26th, the team dedicated a boat in honor of an alum and his mother, Victoria Callas, who have supported and advanced the UConn Men’s Crew team in multiple ways for over 10 years. They then took it for a row with two ’08 alum in stern pair! We are so grateful to the Callases for all their support.

Information on New England Rowing Championships 2015

This coming Saturday the team will travel to Worcester, MA for the annual New England Rowing Championships. The Huskies will race a 1st and 2nd Varsity 4+ along with a Novice 4+ and 8+. Below are the race times for the boats:

Novice 4+
Heat 2, 8:30am
Top 3 to Grand Final (2:10pm), next 3 to Petite Final (2:00pm)
Lane 6
2nd Varsity 4+
Heat 1, 9:00am
Top 3 to GF (2:50pm), next 3 to PF (2:40pm)
Lane 3
Varsity 4+ 
Heat 2, 9:50am
Top 3 to GF (3:30pm), next 3 to PF (3:20pm)
Lane 2
Novice 8+
Heat 1, 10:50am
Top 3 to GF (4:50pm), next 3 to PF (4:40pm)
Lane 6
For more information on the venue and visitor information visit:
Hope to see all Husky supporters there to witness what the team has worked so hard towards this whole year!