Hats and Visors are here!

Trendy headgear is now on sale in the boathouse office!

Hats and Visors, $30 each – protect your skin, protect your eyes… what better way to look cool in the summer sun!

Congrats to all of the rowers returning from Nationals – we hope all of the rowers will enjoy their next few weeks off, and look forward to seeing everyone back at Mercer later this month!

Spring Patagonia Order

Order forms are now available for this season’s Patagonia gear! Forms can be printed here –  Spring 2019 Patagonia Order Form – Sheet1 – or they can be acquired from the boathouse office. Order forms and payment MUST be turned in to Coach Anna by the end of practice on Friday, 3/29. Checks can be made payable to Princeton National Rowing Association. Late orders cannot be accepted, nor can order forms submitted without payment. Please note that all Patagonia clothing is optional. Please contact Anna (akalfaian@rowpnra.org) with any questions!

Welcome to the Spring 2019 Season!

Hello Parents and Rowers,


The spring Varsity season is officially underway, and the Novice season will be starting up on Monday. We are so excited to be getting back out on the water again and preparing for our first race, which is just three short weeks away! With the start of the season, a few logistical reminders:


First, please make sure that you have registered through Regatta Central! When doing so, please make sure that your contact information is correct, as we often distribute updates via email.


Second, please make sure that all of the necessary forms have been submitted and are up to date! With the exception of the swim test, all of the forms need to be resubmitted on a yearly basis, so any forms submitted prior to June 2018 will need to be renewed in advance of the spring season. Please ensure that novice rowers bring their forms on the first day of practice, or submit them in advance at the main office or via email to akalfaian@rowpnra.org or ahennessey@rowpnra.org. For safety reasons, we will not be able to allow rowers on the water if they have not submitted their forms.


Finally, please mark your calendars for the mandatory Parents Meetings. There will be separate meetings for varsity and novice parents; they will each take place at the boathouse the Saturday following the first week of practice. Hilary Gehman (Director of Mercer Rowing Programs) and the head coaches will provide important information about the season, give the novice parents an introduction to the sport, and answer any questions parents may have:

Varsity Parents Meeting: Saturday, March 16, at 9:00 am

Novice Parents Meeting: Saturday, March 23, at 9:00 am


Go Mercer!

Summer Learn-to-Row Coaches Needed!

Hi Mercer team!

Interested in spreading enthusiasm for the sport of rowing to the next generation of athletes? Ready to recruit future teammates? Want to get $$/volunteer hours for spending time on the water? Apply to be a coach for this summer’s Learn-to-Row Camps!

We are looking for responsible, encouraging, and enthusiastic rowers and coxswains to teach the basics of the rowing stroke in the boat and on the erg, lead land exercises, and most importantly, create a fun environment to introduce campers to the sport. There are five week-long camp sessions (June 24-28, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-Aug 2, and Aug 5-9). Each camp runs Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm. Head coaches (~8 per week) will lead practices from the launch (must have a Boating Safety Certificate, have completed their senior year of high school, and have at least 2 years of rowing/coxing experience. First Aid/CPR certifications preferred.) Assistant coaches (approximately 25 per week) will provide help and encouragement as experienced pairs/coxswains in the boats (must have at least a full season of rowing/coxing experience; assistant coaches under 16 will be compensated with volunteer hours.)

If interested, please fill out this application (link below) by Monday, February 11.
Email Coach Anna (akalfaian@rowpnra.org) with any questions.


Cleaning Out the PNRA/Mercer Gear Closet!

Know a junior rower who might like a retro uni? A parent who needs a car magnet? PNRA/Mercer is cleaning out the gear closet, just in time for the holidays! We will be selling both Mercer and US Olympic gear, including vintage unis and tech gear, t-shirts, outerwear, and more. A table will be set up in the boathouse office on Tuesday 12/18 and Wednesday 12/19 from 5:45-6:15 pm – sizes and quantities are limited and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. Hope to see you there!

JL Gear

Hello Mercer rowers and parents,

At long last, [most of] the JL gear has arrived! Items can be picked up from your coach today at practice. Masters, please contact Hilary (hgehman@rowpnra.org) to arrange morning pickup. We are still waiting for the Regatta Jackets to arrive, as well as some of the trou and cotton t-shirts. Thank you for your patience; please contact Coach Anna with any questions.

JL Gear – Online Team Store Open (1 week)

Hello Mercer Rowers and Parents,

The PNRA Mercer JL online team store is now open! On the JL Team Store site, you can use your own credit card to order team uniform items as well as training gear.

Please note that we’ve been given a short turnaround time this year, and the store will only remain open for a week: everyone MUST submit their order in by Midnight on Monday, 9/17/2018. If you miss the store closing date, you will need to order your uniform as an individual, directly from JL (pricing and shipping will be different for individual orders.)

To access the PNRA/Mercer JL team store, click on this link or copy and paste it into the address field of your browser:


There is information on the site to help you place your order. Regarding checkout, please pay special attention when inputting payment information. If the transaction does not lead you to a confirmation screen, the order did not go through, so please double check the information that you enter. Be sure to check out the FAQ page and the sizing tab if you have any questions. http://www.jlracing.com/page.teamstorefaqs.html

If you have any questions please contact your team administrator:
Contact: Anna Kalfaian
Email:  akalfaian@rowpnra.org