Mercer Junior Rowers Qualify 9 Boats for the National Championship

May 21, 2019
West Windsor, NJ

Princeton National Rowing Association’s Mercer Junior Rowing qualified nine boats, including the first ever sculling boat, for the USRowing Youth National Championships. The teams walked away with plenty of hardware also winning Boys Novice 4+ and 8+, Girls Novice 8+, and Girls 2nd Varsity 4+ at the May 11-12 Mid-Atlantic Youth Regional Championships. The Mother’s Day weekend regatta on Mercer Lake marked the last home race for the 2019 spring season. The weather shortened event drew 56 teams from seven states competing in 36 events. The USRowing Youth National Championships, which will take place June 6-9, 2019 in Sarasota, Florida.

Mercer Varsity Girls’ Head Coach Matt Carlsen stated “All year I have been saying how I wanted to have our team as one of the deepest teams in the country. It has been a truly competitive season and our results at the regional championships show that the girls bought into that concept and went above and beyond the call of duty. Qualifying 5 boats on the girls’ side is truly remarkable, and this is our first sculling boat that has ever qualified from Mercer!”

On the boys’ side, the team qualified double the number of seats from last year and is looking to improve and continue building on a bronze medal in the 4+ at Nationals last year. “It’s a really young team – over half the team is sophomores – and to qualify as many boats as we did and have such solid results really speaks to the type of program and culture we’re trying to build here,” said Mercer Varsity Boys’ Head Coach Jamie Hamp. “I’m excited for Florida in a few weeks.”

The Mercer Junior Rowing Program provides opportunities for area high school students to participate in rowing. This Spring 2019 Mercer Junior Rowing is comprised of 153 athletes from 35 area schools. The 34 athletes who qualified the following boats for the USRowing Youth National Championships represent the following high schools:

Women’s Varsity 8+
C: Helena Wolk- Princeton HS
8: Sophie Craver-Princeton HS
7: Sylvie Tuder-Princeton HS
6: Erin Heyeck-The Pennington School
5: Morgan Linsley-Princeton HS
4: Logan Sudholz-Pennridge HS
3: Catherine Dyevich-Princeton HS
2: Caroline Gibson-Princeton HS
1: Ava Wisnoski-Northern Burlington HS
Women’s 2-
2: Riley Cooper-Hunterdon Central Regional HS
1: Elyse Szych-N Hunterdon HS
Women’s Varsity 4+
C: Sunny Hu – Stuart School
4: Kristen Harkins-Notre Dame HS
3: Eva Wojnovich-Council Rock HS North
2: Sarah Closser-Princeton HS
1: Jacqueline Armetta-Villa Joseph Marie HS
Women’s Lightweight 4+
C: Emma Dziedzic-Robbinsville HS
4: Chloe Couillens-Hopewell Valley Central HS
3: Riddhi Singh-Stanford Online HS
2: Cara Barkenbush-West Windsor Plainsboro HSS
1: Natalie Verlinde-Princeton HS
Women’s Lightweight 2x
2. Eveline Enthoven-Princeton HS
1. Abigail McAleer- Council Rock HS North

Men’s 8+
C: AnneMarie Huber-Stuart School
8: Jack Gallagher-Council Rock HS North
7: Brady Stergion-Notre Dame HS
6: Leon Deng-Princeton HS
5: Julian Thomas-The Pennington School
4: Joseph DiRusso-Notre Dame HS
3: Brian Radvany-Princeton Day School
2: Grant Smith-Montgomery HS
1: Andrew Griesinger-Princeton Day School

Men’s 4+
C: AnneMarie Huber – Stuart School
4: Jack Gallagher-Council Rock HS North
3: Grant Smith-Montgomery HS
2: Leon Deng-Princeton HS
1: Brady Stergion-Notre Dame HS

Men’s A 2-
2: Andrew Griesinger – Princeton Day School
1: Julian Thomas – The Pennington School

Men’s B2-
2: Spencer Stengle- Princeton HS
1: Thomas Closser – Princeton HS

About the Princeton National Rowing Association
The Princeton National Rowing Association, a 501(c)3 organization, operates the Finn M.W. Caspersen Rowing Center located on the shores of Mercer Lake, Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey. The Princeton National Rowing Association is dedicated to operating a world-class training site for our nation’s elite athletes, providing opportunities for area youth to excel in the sport of rowing and to expand rowing in the area through community-based programs. PNRA runs the Mercer Junior Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for youth from over 35+ area schools and the Mercer Masters Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for adults. In addition, PNRA offers the Rowing Is Growing Outreach program to economically-disadvantaged students in Mercer County. The center is a home to the USRowing National and Olympic Teams, as well as rowing clubs and schools.
For more information, contact Kristopher Grudt, tel: 609-799-7100 x100, or visit