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Welcome to the 2016 USRowing Collegiate Championship Series Blog & to the May racing season! Dedicated to all things collegiate rowing, remember to check back here each week for important links, up to date information, pictures and more! 
  • Here are the 2016 IRA Accepted Crews!

    May 17, 2016
    The 2016 Intercollegiate Rowing Association is right around the corner! Here are the schools which will compete for the coveted title! 

    IRA Accepted Crews
    IRA Accepted Crews

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  • NATIONAL INVITATIONAL ROWING CHAMPIONSHIPS ANNOUNCE POSTSEASON AWARDS

    May 17, 2016

    WORCESTER, Mass. – The National Invitational Rowing Championships (NIRC) has announced the recipients of the regatta’s postseason awards. University of Michigan’s Gregg Hartsuff was named Men’s Coach of the Year while Tessa Spillane of Wellesley College was selected as Women’s Coach of the Year.

    In addition, 378 student-athletes were recognized to the NIRC All-Academic team with another 32 named to the 2016 NIRC All-Stewards Team.

    Their peers selected Hartsuff and Spillane for this recognition after leading their respective programs through impressive seasons. Hartsuff’s Wolverines captured the NIRC’s Men’s Overall Points title thanks to first-place finishes in the Varsity Eight, 3rd Varsity Eight and Novice Eight.

    Spillane’s Blue captured gold medals in the 2nd Varsity Eight and Novice Eight and will represent the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in the NCAA Division III Women’s Rowing National Championship.

    For a student-athlete to be recognized to the NIRC All-Academic Team they must have completed one full-year at their institution (freshmen and first-year transfers are not eligible), maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.35 and be recognized as a varsity letter winner.

    Coaches are also able to nominate one student-athlete per program for additional recognition as a member of the NIRC All-Stewards Team. This recognition is left to the discretion of each institution’s coach to provide another level of recognition for a deserving member of their program. This award goes to captains, outstanding oarsmen and women, team leaders or other key contributors of their respective program. 

    2016 NIRC All-Stewards Team

    Institution

    Men's Recognition

    Women's Recognition

    Bates College

    Daniel "Spike" Sparks

    Emilie Muller

    Bucknell University

    William Pinamont

     

    U.S. Coast Guard Academy

    Daniel Beacon

    Karisa Mauer

    Connecticut College

     

    Natalie Calhoun

    Hamilton College

    Parker Lewis

    Keara Lynn

    Hobart College

    August Wherry

     

    Ithaca College

    Branden George

    Mindy Keene

    University of Massachusetts - Amherst

    Reed Miller

     

    University of Michigan

    William Bursten

     

    University of New Hampshire

    Zack Weider

    Megan Mottola

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Eric Schulken

    Brittany Dzugas-Smith

    St. Lawrence University

    Travis Galowski

    Yukiko McQueeney

    Simmons College

     

    Miriam Seldin-Steon

    Skidmore College

    Skye Elliot

    Sukie Emerson

    Smith College

     

    Miriam Seldin-Stein

    Trinity College

    Charles Tuckwell

    Sarah Black

    Tufts University

    Jonathan Williams

     

    Washington College

    Ryan Miranda

     

    Wellesley College

     

    Loren Lock

    Wesleyan University

    Christopher Nanda

    Remy Johnson

    Williams College

    Erik Kessler

    Merritt Harlan

    William Smith College

     

    Susan Tuvell

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Nick Celbry

    Gina Gonzalez-Roundy

     

    2016 NIRC All-Academic Team

    Abigail Bierman

    Bates College

    Emilie Muller

    Bates College

    Emma Taylor

    Bates College

    Gabriel Whitehead

    Bates College

    Grace Jurkovich

    Bates College

    Jonathan Reid

    Bates College

    Julia Mason

    Bates College

    Kate Traquina

    Bates College

    Lydia Merizon (cox)

    Bates College

    Margaux Joselow

    Bates College

    Mats Terwiesch

    Bates College

    Molly Pritz

    Bates College

    Quinn Gardner

    Bates College

    Roderick Pratt

    Bates College

    Rosemary Kyne

    Bates College

    Sophia Gottlieb

    Bates College

    Welles Mathison

    Bates College

    William Lehrer

    Bates College

    William Nelson

    Bates College

    Anthony Perasso

    Boston College

    Ben Oleniczak

    Boston College

    Brian Lynch

    Boston College

    Evan Bolling

    Boston College

    Jeff Klofas

    Boston College

    JP Scaduto

    Boston College

    Matthew Beckwith

    Boston College

    Nicholas Muller

    Boston College

    Ria Baldoz

    Boston College

    Robert Yeager

    Boston College

    Xhonatan Mezini

    Boston College

    Christian Daugherty

    Bucknell University

    James Koenigsberg

    Bucknell University

    Nicole Finan

    Bucknell University

    Patrick Long

    Bucknell University

    Perry Hamilton

    Bucknell University

    Ryan Thompson

    Bucknell University

    Alexandra Alman

    Colby College

    Allyson Redhunt

    Colby College

    Christian Papadellis

    Colby College

    Daniel Meyer

    Colby College

    Elizabeth Huber

    Colby College

    Emily Boyce

    Colby College

    Emily Muller

    Colby College

    Frederick Bower

    Colby College

    Katelyn Hamilton

    Colby College

    Katrina Chicojay Moore

    Colby College

    Ling MacLean

    Colby College

    Lydia Larson

    Colby College

    Madeline Andrews

    Colby College

    Makoto Kinoshita

    Colby College

    Michelle Minkin

    Colby College

    Nicolas Ramirez

    Colby College

    Paul Dougherty

    Colby College

    Renata Levine

    Colby College

    Roger Stone

    Colby College

    Sarah Lane-Reticker

    Colby College

    Sophia Bartels

    Colby College

    Susannah Donoho

    Colby College

    Talia Richkin

    Colby College

    Timothy Harris

    Colby College

    William Gross

    Colby College

    Camden Cone

    Connecticut College

    Charlotte Hecht

    Connecticut College

    Kelsey Fischer

    Connecticut College

    Maddy Fenderson

    Connecticut College

    Mara Holloman

    Connecticut College

    Meg Murray

    Connecticut College

    Natalie Calhoun

    Connecticut College

    Sarah Stephenson

    Connecticut College

    Sophie Sharps

    Connecticut College

    Alexandra Brantl

    Hamilton College

    Caroline Harrington

    Hamilton College

    Claire Callahan

    Hamilton College

    Heather Piekarz

    Hamilton College

    Keara Lynn

    Hamilton College

    Landon Morin

    Hamilton College

    Madeleine Maher

    Hamilton College

    Michael Burchesky

    Hamilton College

    Oliver Magnusson

    Hamilton College

    Parker Lewis

    Hamilton College

    Rachel Cooley

    Hamilton College

    Tianshu Liu

    Hamilton College

    Alyssa Deem

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Austin Letorney

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Daniel Marsh

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Hannah Glenshaw

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Harrison Luce

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Karoline Loretan

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Lauren Pomerantz

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Margaret Cameron

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Patrick Ware

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Samuel Menchel

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Sky Drazek

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Susan Tuvell

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Alexander Reed

    Ithaca College

    Bailey Doran

    Ithaca College

    Branden George

    Ithaca College

    Carrine Putnum

    Ithaca College

    Colby D’Onofrio

    Ithaca College

    Dana Ware

    Ithaca College

    Elizabeth Burns

    Ithaca College

    Emily Campagna

    Ithaca College

    Emily Vosburg

    Ithaca College

    Erin McNaughton

    Ithaca College

    Jacqueline McDevitt

    Ithaca College

    Jacqueline Squire

    Ithaca College

    Jennie Peterson

    Ithaca College

    Jennifer Brashears

    Ithaca College

    Julia Williamson

    Ithaca College

    Kaitlin Aiello

    Ithaca College

    Karina Feitner

    Ithaca College

    Kathryn Lawson

    Ithaca College

    Krista Syracuse

    Ithaca College

    Madison Bess

    Ithaca College

    Maggie Broughton

    Ithaca College

    Melinda Keene

    Ithaca College

    Monica Schaffstall

    Ithaca College

    Nicholas Cahill

    Ithaca College

    Rebecca Veninsky

    Ithaca College

    Sabina Goldfarb-Cartwright

    Ithaca College

    Stephanie Lipari

    Ithaca College

    Victoria Demiris

    Ithaca College

    Dylan Galimi

    Marist College

    Ryan Lillis

    Marist College

    Amy Guthrie

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Arielle Weinstein

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Brittany Dzugas-Smith

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Claudia Koenig

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Colleen Ryan

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Connor Murdock

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Doug Moyer

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Dylan Bannon

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Erin Loughran

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Francesca Scumaci

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Hayley Richardson

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Joe Hunt

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Julia Takatsuka

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Justin Carter

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Kysa Willemsen

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Laura Alderfer

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Lauren Malta

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Lindsey Schwartz

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Marcus Boeck-Chenevier

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Matt Kehoe

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Michelle Kwong

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Sarah Foggett

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Tiffany Cao

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Tim Frey

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Victoria Cron

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    Abigail Smith

    Simmons College

    Alexa Frongillo

    Simmons College

    Elizabeth Rea-Wilson

    Simmons College

    Elsbeth Colson

    Simmons College

    Erica Bartle

    Simmons College

    Jill Bolduc

    Simmons College

    Karina Bercan

    Simmons College

    Rachel Corning

    Simmons College

    Sophia Stone

    Simmons College

    Veronica Bennett

    Simmons College

    Annika Voss

    Skidmore College

    Brian Wollocko

    Skidmore College

    Cassandra Eddy

    Skidmore College

    Emily Savarese

    Skidmore College

    Kove Janeski

    Skidmore College

    Lilly Philbrick

    Skidmore College

    Ryan Springer-Miller

    Skidmore College

    Ryan Toma

    Skidmore College

    Skye Elliott

    Skidmore College

    Sukie Emerson

    Skidmore College

    Will Armero

    Skidmore College

    Caroline Bishop

    Smith College

    Casey Armanetti

    Smith College

    Elsie Eastman

    Smith College

    Heather Kurtz

    Smith College

    Jessica Wert

    Smith College

    Katherine Denney

    Smith College

    Kelandra Hurd

    Smith College

    Kokoro Tetsuka

    Smith College

    Lisa Guido

    Smith College

    Marianna Mapes

    Smith College

    Michaela Gill

    Smith College

    Nomfuneko Mafunda

    Smith College

    Piper Hayden

    Smith College

    Pooja Somasundaram

    Smith College

    Raphaela Tayvah

    Smith College

    Sally Carttar

    Smith College

    Sarah Evans

    Smith College

    Su Wei Heng

    Smith College

    Tziona Breitbart

    Smith College

    Casimir Misiewic

    St. Lawrence University

    Dylan Hemsted

    St. Lawrence University

    Gabrielle Schreffler

    St. Lawrence University

    Hannah Durant

    St. Lawrence University

    Ian Girdwood

    St. Lawrence University

    Jack Stokoe

    St. Lawrence University

    Matthew Rostkowski

    St. Lawrence University

    Maya Williams

    St. Lawrence University

    Mikayla Thomas

    St. Lawrence University

    Vina Smith

    St. Lawrence University

    Alexander Stoczko

    Trinity College

    Charles Tuckwell

    Trinity College

    Christopher White

    Trinity College

    Claudia Jensen

    Trinity College

    Ian Robinson

    Trinity College

    Isabella Pizzi

    Trinity College

    Lisa Hovhannesian

    Trinity College

    Sarah Beckmann

    Trinity College

    Sarah Black

    Trinity College

    Abigail Perelman

    Tufts University

    Andrew Takasugi

    Tufts University

    Andrew Warren

    Tufts University

    Annelise Ryan

    Tufts University

    Arielle Mann

    Tufts University

    Ashton Knight

    Tufts University

    Caroline Talbert

    Tufts University

    Claire Sleigh

    Tufts University

    Connor Fallon

    Tufts University

    Dani Burton

    Tufts University

    Douglas Burt

    Tufts University

    Emma Conroy

    Tufts University

    Jackson Horwitz

    Tufts University

    Jonathan Lapadula

    Tufts University

    Jonathan Williams

    Tufts University

    Joshua Kaltman

    Tufts University

    Julia Grace

    Tufts University

    Julia Hofer

    Tufts University

    Leah Fortson

    Tufts University

    Lienne Ng

    Tufts University

    Maria Karam

    Tufts University

    Mary Gusentine

    Tufts University

    Matthew Cohen

    Tufts University

    Maude Plucker

    Tufts University

    Natalia Kastenberg

    Tufts University

    Rachel Siegler

    Tufts University

    Ryan Bell

    Tufts University

    Sera Busse

    Tufts University

    Sophia Gomez

    Tufts University

    Suruchi Devanahalli

    Tufts University

    Tai Williams

    Tufts University

    Thomas Hendrickson

    Tufts University

    William Merchant

    Tufts University

    Zhuangchen Zhou

    Tufts University

    Karisa Maurer

    United States Coast Guard Academy

    Laura Beck

    United States Coast Guard Academy

    Megan Sacket

    United States Coast Guard Academy

    Zoe Bolling

    United States Coast Guard Academy

    Zoe Bolling

    United States Coast Guard Academy

    Andrew DesRochers

    University of Massachusetts

    Devin Caulfield

    University of Massachusetts

    George Meltzer

    University of Massachusetts

    Samuel Chiburis

    University of Massachusetts

    Ben Getz

    University of Michigan

    Ben Rebertus

    University of Michigan

    Damian Rotarov

    University of Michigan

    Demi Shanahan

    University of Michigan

    Garrett Klumpar

    University of Michigan

    Grey Braybrooks

    University of Michigan

    Ian McGraw

    University of Michigan

    James Garay

    University of Michigan

    Philip Faris

    University of Michigan

    Scott Griffith

    University of Michigan

    Steven Sikora

    University of Michigan

    William Burstein

    University of Michigan

    William Denman

    University of Michigan

    Alison Smith

    University of New Hampshire

    Anna Simpson

    University of New Hampshire

    Brian Rafferty

    University of New Hampshire

    Brianne Doherty

    University of New Hampshire

    Courtney O’Brien

    University of New Hampshire

    Emily Villeneuve

    University of New Hampshire

    Hannah Bailey

    University of New Hampshire

    Lilly Grisafi

    University of New Hampshire

    Megan Mottola

    University of New Hampshire

    Quinn Hegarty

    University of New Hampshire

    Shawn Taylor

    University of New Hampshire

    Sydney Michalak

    University of New Hampshire

    Zackary Weider

    University of New Hampshire

    Alessandra Zaldivar-Guiffredi

    Wellesley College

    Alexi Block Gorman

    Wellesley College

    Alexis Lowe

    Wellesley College

    Anna Hakes

    Wellesley College

    Annie Schnitzer

    Wellesley College

    Charlotte Weiss

    Wellesley College

    Emily Ahn

    Wellesley College

    Ginger Simms

    Wellesley College

    Grace Howland

    Wellesley College

    Hannah Barton

    Wellesley College

    Kathryn Barth

    Wellesley College

    Laura Bancroft

    Wellesley College

    Lauren Bazley

    Wellesley College

    Loren Lock

    Wellesley College

    Meg Roberts

    Wellesley College

    Molly Hoyer

    Wellesley College

    Nina McKee

    Wellesley College

    Olivia Thayer

    Wellesley College

    Sahar Ibrahim

    Wellesley College

    Stephanie Kim

    Wellesley College

    Sydney Stento

    Wellesley College

    Amanda Molitor

    Wesleyan University

    Anne Dade

    Wesleyan University

    Ava Miller-Lewis

    Wesleyan University

    Avery Kimmell

    Wesleyan University

    Brandon Baker

    Wesleyan University

    Ceara Maria Burns

    Wesleyan University

    Christopher Nanda

    Wesleyan University

    Colin Mattox

    Wesleyan University

    Elisa Greenberg

    Wesleyan University

    Emma Buford

    Wesleyan University

    Emma Golub

    Wesleyan University

    Emma Halter

    Wesleyan University

    Emma Koramshahi

    Wesleyan University

    Emma Siegenberg

    Wesleyan University

    Ezra Kauffman

    Wesleyan University

    Hannah Brigham

    Wesleyan University

    Hannah Ossoff

    Wesleyan University

    Jill Moraski

    Wesleyan University

    Joao Pedro de Pereira- Webber

    Wesleyan University

    Jordan Tragash

    Wesleyan University

    Katie Suslovic

    Wesleyan University

    Lily Rose Segal

    Wesleyan University

    Lydia Tonkonow

    Wesleyan University

    Matthew Weinsier

    Wesleyan University

    Michael Queenan

    Wesleyan University

    Nathaniel Warner

    Wesleyan University

    Nicki Gershberg

    Wesleyan University

    Remy Johnson

    Wesleyan University

    Sarah Newman

    Wesleyan University

    Thaddeus Brown

    Wesleyan University

    Zachary Obstfeld

    Wesleyan University

    Aaron Finder

    Williams College

    Alex Meyer

    Williams College

    Alex Ruberto

    Williams College

    Andrew Rondeau

    Williams College

    Brittany Chung

    Williams College

    Calvin Ludwig

    Williams College

    Devin Flynn

    Williams College

    Elijah Fromm

    Williams College

    Emory Strawn

    Williams College

    Erik Kessler

    Williams College

    Gabrielle Markel

    Williams College

    Gemma Holt

    Williams College

    Graham Buchan

    Williams College

    Karl Böcker

    Williams College

    Katharine Costantini

    Williams College

    Kathleen Swoap

    Williams College

    Kathryn Dix

    Williams College

    Logan Jester

    Williams College

    Louisa Abel

    Williams College

    Margaret Burroughs

    Williams College

    Michael Polson

    Williams College

    Rachel Jones

    Williams College

    Rebecca Dunwoody

    Williams College

    Rebecca Smith

    Williams College

    Wyatt Millstone

    Williams College

    Audrey Allen

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Danny Singer

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Gina Gonzalez-Roundy

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Jack Perry

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Jennifer Golden

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Jeremiah Leonard

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Julia Pershken

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Kayla McAvoy

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Kelsey Regan

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Kenedi Heather

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Kristin Olson

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Lorenzo Dube

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Matthew Ryder

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Michael Beinor

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Michael Eaton

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Nick Cebry

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Paul Danielson

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Paul Esteve

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Rachel Santarsiero

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Sarah Smith

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Sarah Terwilliger

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Scott Cazier

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Victoria Loehle

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    Zach Estrella

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • PRINCETON AND YALE TAKE 2016 EARC OVERALL POINT TITLES

    May 16, 2016

    WORCESTER, Mass. – Princeton University and Yale University battled through windy Lake Quisgamond on Sunday afternoon to claim the overall heavyweight and lightweight titles at the 2016 EARC Men’s Sprints. For the Tigers it was their second straight Rowe Cup and eighth overall while the Bulldogs captured the program’s first Jope Cup since 2012.

    Yale’s varsity eights took gold in both the Varsity Heavyweight and Varsity Lightweight categories to cap-off a strong day of racing. The win in the lightweight eight snapped a 14-year title drought for the Bulldogs. The Yale crew took the early lead and held-off Columbia University (5:45.514) and Princeton (5:46.793) to take gold as they crossed the line at 5:43.061.

    The Bulldogs also left no doubt in the heavyweight eight event as they defeated Princeton by a boat length. The Bulldogs’ time of 5:37.494 earned them their second gold medal on the day while the Tigers (5:39.838) and Brown University (5:40.643) rounded out the top three.

    For Princeton it was a gold-medal finish in the 3rd Varsity Eight and a silver finish in the 2nd Varsity Eight that led them to repeating as Rowe Cup Champions. Their 37 overall points edged out Harvard University (35) who earned gold and silver in the 2nd Varsity Eight and 3rd Varsity Eight respectively. Brown (31), Yale (30) and Boston University (27) were the top five institutions in the overall heavyweight point standings

    Yale decidedly earned the Jope Cup with 37 overall points to Princeton’s 32.  The Bulldogs medaled in all point-earning events with gold in both the Varsity Lightweight Eight and 2nd Varsity Lightweight Eight and a bronze finish in the 3rd Varsity Lightweight Eight. Cornell University (31), Columbia (26) and the United States Naval Academy (23) rounded out the top five institutions in the overall lightweight point standings.

    For full results of the 2016 EARC Men’s Sprints please go here.

  • Check out the Men's Sprints Photo Gallery

    May 16, 2016
    While it may have been a little chilly up on Lake Quinsigamond for the 2016 Men's Sprints this past weekend, the racing was red hot and we have the pictures to prove it.

    Here are some of our favorite, but make sure to check out the full Flickr album.

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  • Catch the West Coast Conference Championships LIVE

    May 12, 2016
    Looking to cheer on your favorite team at the West Coast Conference Championships this weekend - Campus Insiders has you covered! 

    Through a partnership with the WCC, Campus Insiders will be live streaming the upcoming championships this Saturday. No account is needed to watch the event.

    WCC Rowing Championship – May 14, 11 a.m. CST
    http://campusinsiders.com/live/wcc_rowing_championship
  • Will The Ohio State Buckeyes Rule Supreme...Again?

    May 12, 2016
    Looking to catch your favorite Big Ten team in action this weekend at the 2016 B1G Rowing Championships? Sunday's races will be live streamed on Sunday via the BTN2GO App and BTN2GO.com. Viewers will need to authenticate their log-in with their cable provider username and password to watch, but there is no additional cost.

    Here is the BTN2GO.com link for the Live Streaming on Sunday: http://www.btn2go.com/game/b1g-rowing-championships

    OSU Rowing Big Ten 2013 (1)
  • Men's Sprints: 2016 Edition

    May 12, 2016
    Heavyweight Preview

    — John Veneziano

    When handicapping this year’s Eastern Sprints, there’s one thing everybody can agree upon: Yale is the overwhelming favorite.

    It’s the follow-up question that offers much more intrigue: Which crew is most likely to step up and impede the Bulldogs’ march to a second straight championship?

    Undefeated, unchallenged, and ranked No. 1 in the nation, Yale is poised to repeat as Sprints champs, a feat they last accomplished in 1981-82. The Bulldogs have simply blown past their competition, starting the spring with a nine-second win over Brown and most recently beating back the challenge of Princeton for the Carnegie Cup.

    In between, they easily handled Penn and Columbia, dominated Dartmouth by better than three lengths, and captured the San Diego Classic by a whopping seven seconds over runner-up California.

    Moreover, seven members of last year’s victorious varsity are back. Seniors Hubert Trzybinski (#6) and Chris Carothers (coxswain), juniors Nate Goodman (#8), Ollie Wynne-Griffith (#7), and Robert Hurn (#2), and sophomore Paul Jacquot (#5) are occupy the same seats as 2015, while sophomore Sholto Carnegie has shifted from the bow to the three seat. The only newcomers to this elite mix are junior Stephan Riemekasten (bow) and freshman Charlie Elwes (#4).

    But while it’s setting up as a big day for the Big Blue, let’s not hand over the trophy just yet. Upwards to eight crews in the field are capable of reaching the medal stand.

    Based on the regular season, Princeton figures to be the top threat to Yale. The Tigers went toe-to-toe with the Bulldogs last month, never flinching in the face of relentless pressure and finishing just 2.1 seconds off the pace. And their record is perfect aside from that race, the most impressive result being a 1.5-second decision over Harvard on the Charles, the first time they’ve beaten the Crimson in back-to-back years since 1956-57. They also lay claim to a 4.3-second win over Brown, handled Navy by 9.1 seconds, and were more than three lengths ahead of Penn and Columbia for the Childs Cup.

    Princeton head coach Greg Hughes sees the intersection of dominance and depth playing out in exciting fashion on race day.

    “Yale definitely stands out as the top of the field, but what’s perhaps more impressive is the level of quality around the Sprints league,” he said. “There are several teams with the fastest crew they’ve produced in a number of years, and there’s a lot of parity. The Sprints will be incredible racing with several boats in the mix at the top.”  

             One of those is certain to be Harvard, winners of four of the last six Sprints crowns – and an amazing 29 overall. If close racing is considered ideal preparation for Sprints, then no crew is more ready than the Crimson. Their last four dual races – vs. Brown, Princeton Penn, and Northeastern – were decided by a total of 4.2 seconds, with Harvard coming out on top in three of those contests.

             Brown makes its case based on similarly strong results. The Bears finished barely one second behind five-time defending national champion Washington, edged Northeastern and BU in close contests, and crossed the finish line nearly three lengths ahead of Dartmouth.

             No Sprints conversation is complete these days without mention of Boston University. The Terriers, seeking their fourth straight appearance in the Grand Final, have flashed the necessary speed to take a 1.2-second win over Wisconsin, edge Northeastern by 1.3 seconds, defeat Dartmouth by 1.9 seconds, and slip past Syracuse by just under a length.

    “In any year, the racing is going to be tight regardless of what the polls say,” said BU head coach Tom Bohrer. “This year it seems that the results have been closer than ever. It can be anyone’s race on Sunday.

    With such competitive balance, Bohrer realizes the pitfalls of focusing on a single opponent in a multi-boat setting.

    “We don't have a specific race plan designed toward any one program,” he said. “It is more internal to put us in a position that we are in the race with 750 meters to go.” 

    Then there’s Northeastern, last year’s Sprints runner-up, which most recently beat Wisconsin by 2.9 seconds, had an open-water win over Penn, and was a less than a length behind in losses to BU, Harvard, and Brown. The Huskies always come to Worcester ready to race.

    Cornell is another crew more than capable of causing ripples across Lake Quinsigamond. The Big Red pressed both Yale and Princeton in the Carnegie Cup, finishing just 2.8 seconds behind the Tigers and five behind the Bulldogs. They then parlayed that momentum into victory two weeks ago, beating Syracuse and Navy for the Goes Trophy.

    Dig just a bit deeper and you’ll see Syracuse, which owns a heart-stopping 0.2-second win over Dartmouth and an open-water triumph over Wisconsin; Dartmouth, which finished just four seats behind BU; and a Pennsylvania crew that came within a half-second of upsetting Harvard. Wisconsin may not yet have that “quality” win, but the Badgers gave it a good go against perennial power California and always seem to gain speed as the spring wears on. If a top-six crew finds itself lined up against any of these foes in their morning trial, they better be ready.

    Among those more realistically competing for a spot in the Petites is Columbia, which beat Navy for the Stevenson Cup and edged George Washington in the same race. Navy was perfect at the George Washington Regatta, taking wins over Georgetown, Virginia, and Holy Cross. George Washington, in turn, has lined its docket with an open-water triumph over Georgetown and a one-length decision over Holy Cross.

    Georgetown, MIT, Holy Cross, and Rutgers round out the field, and are as eager as anyone to improve upon their seeding.

    In the 2V division, look for Harvard, Princeton, and Yale to be the lead boats, while Princeton assumes the favorite’s role in the 3V, 4V, and 5V divisions.

    Lightweight Overview 

    Yale
    2016 has been a breakout season for Yale—whether you’re a lightweight or a heavyweight, there has been a lot to be excited about at Gilder Boathouse this spring. And, while Y150 won’t have to look too far back to recall their most recent IRA title (coming in 2011 by roughly one foot over Harvard), the last time Yale won Eastern Sprints was 2002—something that head coach Andy Card and the Bulldogs will be looking to change this weekend in Worcester. From the look of it, they’re well positioned to continue their momentum, with the Bulldogs’ varsity eight entering the competition having capped off an undefeated regular season at HYPs, where Y150 took home both the Goldthwait (varsity eight) and Vogel (team points) Cups against arch rivals Harvard and Princeton. 

    Columbia
    The Lions have been consistently among the top contenders for the last several seasons, but until recently, saw their hopes for the top of the podium dashed by Cornell. Now, it’s Yale—who dealt Columbia its only loss of the season—that the Lions will need to defeat to take the Sprints crown. Should head coach Nich Lee Parker and his crew be able to pull it off, it would mark the first Sprints title for Columbia since 2000, and just the second in the history of the program. They’ve been knocking on the door for some time now, beginning with Scott Alwin’s tenure as head coach, and with both Sprints and IRA medals last year. Will this be the year that the Lions win it all in Worcester? 

    Princeton
    The Tigers, like Columbia, have had strong crews for the past several years, but while they’ve often shown great promise in the early season, the rest of the field has caught up to them come spring. Last year, Princeton took a strong third place at Sprints ahead of this year’s favorites, the Bulldogs, only to see Harvard make an improbable jump from fifth place to the podium at IRAs, pushing Princeton into fourth overall. This year, Marty Crotty’s Tigers have been very close to the mark, again starting the year strong with a solid second place at the Head Of The Charles (back of a Canadian crew made up of national team athletes), and recently taking second at HYPs to no. 1 Yale in the varsity and second varsity eight, while winning the third and fourth varsity events. However, they’ll have to reverse that result, as well as their early season loss to Columbia, to take home top honors in Worcester—a tall task, but not out of reach. 

    Cornell
    While Big Red came into the season with hopes of completing a three-peat of titles at both Eastern Sprints and IRAs, Cornell has struggled against the top end of the field in 2016. Though 2015 Ivy League Lightweight Coach of the Year Chris Kerber’s crew has not been far off the pace, and have shown solid depth against the likes of Yale (with wins in the second, third, and fourth varsity eights in their dual with the Bulldogs), Cornell suffered three straight losses in the varsity eight for the first time in recent memory this year. Still, Big Red will be coming into Sprints with some momentum on their side, having raced well against Columbia and swept Dartmouth to win the Baggaley Bowl in their final tune-up before the championships. 

    Penn
    The Quakers have had a strong year for the program, moving up the ranks to the no. 5 seed entering Sprints, and building on the promise of their freshman eight two years ago. The fall season saw Penn post impressive results at the Princeton Chase, edging Harvard and taking fifth place overall behind Cornell, Princeton, Yale, and Navy (in that order). So far this spring, Penn has notched victories against MIT and Navy, with a solid second-place finish coming at the Wood-Hammond Cup back of Princeton, and ahead of Georgetown. The Quakers will be looking to carry their success from the Callow Cup just two weeks ago into Sprints.

    Navy
    The Midshipmen got the 2015-2016 season started right, bouncing back from a 10th place finish at the Charles with a solid fourth at the Princeton Chase. Since then, the Mids have had strong spring, with a signature victory over Harvard for the Haines Trophy—the first for Navy since 2008, and just the ninth for the program since 1936. With growing confidence and experience to draw on, head coach Shawn Bagnall (in his third season with the Midshipmen) and his crew will no doubt be aiming to keep moving up the ranks against the best in the league. 

    Harvard
    It has been an up and down season for the Crimson so far in the 2015-2016 campaign, with the varsity eight taking a solid third place finish at the Charles behind the Canadian national team and Princeton, respectively, only to falter shortly thereafter at the Chase, falling to seventh overall. The spring has seen the Crimson race very well with Cornell and Princeton, but they’ve lacked the top-end speed that has become synonymous with the program since they won three straight Sprints championships, from 2011-2013. Still, Michiel Bartman’s crews have performed well when it has mattered most over the past two years, and are coming off an IRA bronze medal last season—keep an eye on them to move up the field. 

    Dartmouth
    2016 has been a difficult year for Big Green, whose last Sprints title came in 2007. Having kicked off the season with an 11th place finish at the Head Of The Charles, Dartmouth has since suffered sweeps at the hands of Yale, Columbia, and Cornell, but got the better of Mercyhurst and raced well against Harvard in the Biglin Bowl, finishing a close second behind the Crimson and ahead of MIT. Head coach Sean Healey will likely be hoping to turn that close margin with Harvard into momentum for the most meaningful races of the year.

    Georgetown
    The Hoyas have begun the rebuilding process, but there is still a ways to go before they’ll be competing with the best of the field. While Georgetown dropped its races against Yale for the Joy Cup, they were good enough to hold off MIT on the Charles River in both the varsity and second varsity eights. However, it has been an uphill battle for the Hoyas through the regular season, and they’ll be looking to bounce back from recent losses to Navy, Princeton, and Penn to continue climbing the ladder in the Sprints league in Worcester this weekend. 

    MIT
    After a strong season in 2015, the Engineers struggled to find their speed through this year’s campaign. A highlight from the early season was the Engineers’ victory at Crew Classic, which saw them atop an international field that included the University of Victoria, Canada. Since returning to the East Coast, though, MIT has been hunting for their first victory over their Sprints league rivals—with relatively close races with Dartmouth and Georgetown in recent memory to sharpen their skills, the Engineers’ best chance may be at Sprints. 

  • Week Two Recap! Wolverines & Williams Take Top Spots

    May 10, 2016

    WORCESTER, Mass. – Another National Invitational Rowing Championships (NIRC) is in the books with some familiar faces taking home the regattas’ most prestigious hardware.

    The University of Michigan captured the Fred Emerson Trophy as the Men’s Team Points Champions while Williams College took home the Anita DeFranz Trophy as the Women’s Points Champions and also captured the Overall Team Points Trophy along with their men’s program.

    The Wolverines medaled in all but one event, capturing gold in the Varsity Eight, 3rd Varsity Eight and Novice Eight while capturing silver in the 2nd Varsity Eight  and also taking home a bronze for their “B” entry in the 3rd Varsity Eight.

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    For Williams it was a first-place finish in both the Varsity and 3rd Varsity Eight events that led them to the top of the Women’s Points Standings. The Ephs’ men had strong showings in the Varsity Eight (3rd) and 2nd Varsity Eight (3rd), which helped their program secure the overall point win. 

    Despite an inverted schedule the day’s biggest races did not disappoint. In the Women’s Varsity Eight Williams edged NESCAC foes Bates College (7:21.173) and Wesleyan University (7:24.634) with a time of 7:19.183 to secure top honors. On the men’s side the Wolverines defeated by Hobart (6:22.045) by six seconds as they cruised in with a time of 6:16.667. Williams finished third with a time of 6:24.787 to round out the medal winners for the Men’s Varsity Eight.

    The Women’s Second Varsity Eight saw NCAA-bound Wellesley College defeat Bates by nearly five seconds to earn gold with a time of 7:18.559. Hobart College had yet another strong showing at the NIRC as their gold-medal finish in the 2nd Varsity Eight helped their program secure a bid to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships. 

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    The NIRC also provided inclusion races for the second-consecutive year, offering championship-racing opportunities to student-athletes with disabilities. The regatta offered two medal-winning races, the Men’s Double and Mixed Four. The Men’s double had four entries which saw father-son duo Syd and Rob Lea cruise to a 9:51.446 finish for gold. The mixed four saw two crews battle it out for first with Jenny Sichel (2015 World Rowing Championships silver medalist LTA4+), Elizabeth Diamond, Liz Christmas, Molly Moore and Kathy Byington crossing the line at 8:35.843 for the top spot.

    Full regatta results can be found here.

  • NERC COACHES ANNOUNCE MAJOR AWARD WINNERS

    May 05, 2016

    WORCESTER, Mass. – On the heels of an exciting New England Rowing Championships (NERC) regatta the University of New Hampshire’s men’s rowing program has been named the inaugural recipient of the Caldwell Character Achievement Award. 30 student-athletes from 22 participating institutions were also recognized as NERC All-Scholar Award winners.

    The Caldwell Character Achievement Award recognizes USRowing’s Collegiate Division Commissioner, Gary Caldwell, and embodies all he has done to support the growth of rowing in not only New England but also nationally. The award recognizes a crew’s success on the water while also taking into account areas such as – sportsmanship, overall improvement, citizenship, and overcoming adversity over the course of the year – all qualities exemplified by Gary.

    With several crews nominated to be the inaugural recipient of this award it was the University of New Hampshire’s men’s rowing program that rose to the top. Three years ago the team underwent a major shift in leadership and thanks to a proactive approach and influence from key members of the program the crew continues to flourish on and off the water.

    The program increased their participation in the NERC regatta by racing in two additional events from last year (2nd Varsity Eight and Novice Four) while also qualifying for the Grand Final in the Novice Four and Petite Final in the 2nd Varsity Eight and Varsity Eight. The program also improved their placement in the Men’s Point Trophy standings and nearly doubled their points in the Combined Points standings.

    Off the water the team volunteered at multiple events including Huntington’s Disease Society of America Awareness Walk and the Apple Harvest Fest, where they ran attractions and rides to benefit the Dover Children’s Home. The team also hit an all-time fundraising mark and was able to purchase a new 8+.

    “We are so excited to be honored by the NERC community with this award.  These outstanding student athletes of the University of New Hampshire Men’s Rowing program recognize the privilege and personal growth that rowing brings to their lives.  They are willing to work extremely hard to represent our program and the University of New Hampshire with pride, perseverance and character on and off the water.”  UNH Rowing Head Coach, Rachel Rawlinson  

    The Wildcats truly embody the word team as their perseverance and commitment to improve year in and year out both on and off the water represents everything the Caldwell Character Achievement Award represents. 

    In addition, 30 student-athletes were recognized by their programs as NERC All-Scholar Award recipients. The NERC All-Scholar Award recognizes the student-athlete in each program that has the highest cumulative GPA. To be eligible for the All-Scholar award a student-athlete must have the highest cumulative GPA within their respective program and also have completed one full-year at their institution. 

    The full list of NERC All-Scholar Award Recipients can be found below 

    Jeff Klofas

    Boston College

    Jessica Webber

    Bowdoin College

    Ellie Driscoll

    Brandeis University

    Dan Meyer

    Colby College

    Sarah Kate Lane-Reticker         

    Colby College

    Sophie Sharps

    Connecticut College

    Chloe Scherpa

    Fairfield University

    John Cervone

    Fairfield University

    Mary Quinn

    Franklin Pierce University

    Lydia Staschke

    Merrimack College

    Phillip Hoxie

    Middlebury College

    Valerie Braddick

    Middlebury College

    Rosalind Waltz-Peters

    Mount Holyoke College

    Kevin Schwartz

    Roger Williams University

    Mary Dinnean

    Roger Williams University

    Marianna Mapes

    Smith College

    Ian Robinson

    Trinity College

    Sarah Beckmann

    Trinity College

    Thomas Hendrickson

    Tufts University

     Abigail Perelman

     Tufts University

    John-Paul Yalov

    United States Coast Guard Academy

    Laura Beck

    United States Coast Guard Academy

    George Meltzer

    University of Massachusetts

    Erin Mealey

    University of Massachusetts Lowell

    Michael Carenza-Scholz

    University of Massachusetts Lowell

    Alison Smith

    University of New Hampshire

    Quinn Hegarty

    University of New Hampshire

    Kevin Immerman

    University of Vermont

    Alec Boyle

    Wentworth Institute of Technology

    Annie Dade

    Wesleyan University

    Matthew Weinsier

    Wesleyan University

    Katharine Costantini

    Williams College

    Victoria Loehle 

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

     Zach Estrella

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute
     

  • Championship Locale & Championship Effort will Mean a Great Championship Regatta...

    May 03, 2016

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    A history of hard-fought races and tight finishes is certain to continue today as the National Invitational Rowing Championships returns to Lake Quinsigamond for another installment.  For most of the competitors this will mark the end of the season and a cap on a year of hard work; for many it marks a cap on a rowing career.   Based on this year’s racing results as well as previous NIRC events, expect racing to be intense in every event as crews chase longed-for slots into finals, and then desperate hunts for trophies and medals.

    Perennially strong Michigan pulled away from rapidly-rising power Hobart to win last year’s NIRC men’s varsity eight by nearly a length, with the rest of the field well behind.  Both crews look to be on track for another good performance today.  New England champion Bates, third here last year, carries the banner for the rest , while keeping a wary eye on a Williams crew smarting from last week’s close loss on this same lake.

    Rochester Institute of Technology and Ithaca will lead the attack for the New York men’s contingent with RIT narrowly taking silver over Ithaca at the New York State Championship a week ago.  Marist and Hamilton were not far out of that fight and will want to make up some ground—or water—today.

    Hometown WPI made a gallant charge to the front last week hoping to hold off the rest of the field and fell just short, three quarters of a length from victory and pipped at the line for silver by hard-charging top seed Williams, with Wesleyan a factor for the entire course.  A quickly improving Tufts program struggling with illness at the New Englands will try to recover from that disappointment with an improved performance, while a Trinity crew appears to be finding some late season speed.  Bucknell, sometimes an unknown factor at this event, has surprised before.

    On the women’s side there is always a major subplot for many of the competitors: qualification for the NCAA and a chance to extend the season for another month.  While that remains an important factor, there is little doubt that it’s a forgotten item when the crews are locked on to the stakeboats and the racing butterflies appear!

    After several years of knocking on the door trying to break through Williams’ domination, the Bates women may be on their way to establishing quite a dynasty of their own.  After defending their narrowly-won 2015 New England title as top seed last weekend, a defense of the NIRC crown is next on the list.  Williams will certainly provide another stern test, and they were bracketed while winning last weekend’s NERC bronze by rising programs silver-medalist Wesleyan and Wellesley; those three were in a dogfight just under a length from the champions.

    Trinity, New Hampshire and Tufts will be eager to show that they are also ready to move up in the closely-packed New England mix.

    A familiar contender arrives from the west to throw itself into that mix as well, as Ithaca seeks to return to the finals, and the medals, after a strong showing in the New York State Championship last week.  It’s never a surprise if this crew scrambles the pecking order, and fellow NY finalists RIT and Hamilton will hope to show some speed as well. 

    Let’s all hope for sunny skies and flat water as Lake Quinsigamond hosts another rip-roaring show in its long history of championship events.

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