Thank you to all of the Competitors, Coaches, Spectators, Sponsors and especially the VOLUNTEERS who made the 2014 Mercer Lake Sprints a success!!
Parking: Parking for trailers, buses and vans will open at 12 pm Friday, April 18. Buses will need to drop-off athletes in designated lot.
Practice: Course will be open for practice from 2-4:30pm Friday, April 18.
Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA) and the ISA are proud to host the 2014 Mercer Lake Sprints (MLS). This event combines the highly successful Mercer Lake Sprints and the ISA Sculling Championships.
This MLS/ ISA Regatta is open to all high schools and junior rowing clubs. Depending on the number of entries in each event, there will be heats and finals for varsity events with medals awarded to event winners.
In 2014, we will again be offering a limited number of races, boys' and girls' varsity doubles (Open and Lwt) and singles (Open Weight Only), on Friday evening starting at 5:00 pm. All other races will be held on Sat from 8:00 AM-6:00 PM.
Please review the following information about the regatta. There have been important updates this year especially with the entries, scratch fees, team tents and food trailers.
Please contact Regatta Director, Kris Grudt with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events (Please see entry limits below)
Sweep Events (tentative)
First Eight (1500m heat, 2000m final)
First Frosh/Novice Eight
Second Frosh/Novice Eight
Lightweight Eight (Boys: 150lb. Max, Girls 130lb. Max) (1500m heat, 2000m final)
First Four w/ cox (1500m heat, 2000m final)
Second Four w/ cox
Lightweight Four w/ (Boys: 150lb. Max, Girls 130 lb. Max)
ISA Sculling Events
Varsity Lwt Double
Varsity Quad (1500m heat, 2000m final)
Varsity Lightweight Quad
Registration (Please Read All Registration Rules Crefully)
Rules and Regulations
Event Rules: Please be sure to read the following event descriptions carefully. The goal of PNRA is to run a regatta that is safe, fair and highly competitive. No school will be allowed to enter a "second eight" without entering a "first eight" and so on.
First Eight: The top event for eights. The "Varsity Eight."
Second Eight: No school can enter a second eight without entering a first eight
Frosh/Novice: Rowers and coxswains are considered novice if their first competition in the rowing discipline (sweep or sculling) is within the previous 12 months of the date of the Mercer Lake Sprints (USRowing Rule 1-202(m)).
Lightweight: There will be no averaging for lightweight events. Boys must weigh no more than 150lbs. and girls must weight no more than 130lbs. There will be no weigh in. Athletes' weights will be on the coach's honor.
Coxswains: There will be no weight restrictions for coxswains and they need not weigh in.
Awards: The top three places in each event will receive awards. These awards should be picked-up by the crew or the coach at the awards dock after the race has been declared official.
The Schedule WILL NOT be changed to accommodate athletes who are doubling up or teams that are hot seating shells. Please plan accordingly.
Each event will be subject to entry limits (the cap for most events is 14 entries) as the regatta has grown to its maximum capacity. Until we can find a way to get more daylight in the day, we will need to limit the entries per event.
Each event will close when all lanes are full. The lanes will be drawn on a first come, first serve basis. For questions on individual event entry limits please contact Regatta Director, Kris Grudt at email@example.com.
Athletes can row in no more than two events in the same day.
Athletes may NOT row in events that are scheduled less than one hour from each other.
IF AN EVENT DOES NOT HAVE THREE OR MORE ENTRIES, the event WILL be dropped and you will be notified. Anyone who is part of an event that is dropped will be contacted before the event and you can choose to roll that entry into a higher category (ex= second double dropped, then second double rows in varsity category).
IF AN EVENT DOES NOT HAVE MORE THAN 7 entries, it will be rowed as a straight final "B" entries will be mixed with all of the "A" entries and will not be run in separate heats. "B" entries does NOT mean a separate event.
The venue will open for boat trailers at noon on Friday, April 18, 2014.
Venue address: 1638 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550
Team Tents, Team Food Trailers & Parents Dropping off Food Tent Supplies
If you have volunteered for a regatta before or are interested in helping run the Mercer Lake Sprints please email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are several areas in which you can help:
Row2k.com has also posted pictures in the Gallery.
2014 Mercer Lake Sprints Sponsors