Mercer Indoor Row For The Cure Results

On March 12 and 13, the Mercer Indoor Row for the Cure went virtual.  Utilizing the Concept2 ErgRace platform, the rowing machines were connected virtually for the event.  Athletes could see their progress as well as the race leader and their closest competition on the monitor of their rowing machine.  While last year’s event included a virtual option, this was the first year that the event was fully virtual.

Eugenia Rodriguez and Devon Reid led the Varsity Girls open and lightweight categories.  Julian Thomas and George Drago won the Varsity Boy’s open and lightweight divisions.  In the Novice races Vivian Teeley and Alvin Tien posted the quickest times. In the 500 meter sprints, Stephen Gamma won the open division with Bella Jaffe taking the Girls Coxswain and Matt Califano posting the quickest time in the Men’s Coxswain division.

Full results can be found here.

The Mercer Indoor Row for the Cure is part of the Row for the Cure series of events that raise money to support the Susan G. Komen’s fight to eliminate breast cancer.

The results for this year’s

Mercer Junior Rowers Collect Over 3,000 Pounds of Food for Local Food Bank

In Janury the Mercer Junior Varsity Girls laid down a challenge to the Mercer Varsity Boys and Novice teams to see who could collect the most food to support the Mercer Street Friends Food Bank and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. The challenge came in the form of a video which can be seen here: Click here to see the video challenge

The complete team stepped up an took on the challenge with amazing results.  A total of  3,104.1 pounds of food and essential items was collected.  The Varsity Girls contributed over a ton of this total with 2,097.8 pounds.  There were followed by the Varsity Boys with 562.5 pounds and the Novices with 443.8 pounds.

“The food drive was a great way to break out of our rowing community bubble and put our team spirit towards helping others.” said Varsity Girls Captain Charvee Dua.  “When everyone was bringing in the food, we would carry the donations into the office one by one so it still seemed very small scale. It was amazing to see just how much food we were able to get with all the teams combined. Seeing every single donation add up to a sum of a little over 3000 pounds of food really embodied how much teamwork matters for this team, and it feels really good to unify and do something incredible for our community when we can’t currently do that “something incredible” out on the race course.”

Congratulations to everyone who contributed! A special thank you to the girls’ team for their work in organizing and challenging everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Princeton National Rowing Association
The Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA), 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, N.J. PNRA is dedicated to providing a venue where athletes of all ages, talents and backgrounds have the opportunity to develop their rowing abilities to their highest potential.  As a United States Olympic Training Site, PNRA is home to the USRowing National Team, as well as scholastic and community rowing programs. PNRA runs the Mercer Junior and Masters Rowing Programs and conducts outreach activities seeking to expand the involvement in rowing in the greater Mercer County, N.J., region.

Happy Holidays from PNRA/Mercer Rowing

We wish you and your family a safe, healthy and relaxing holiday season! 

Thank you for your continued support of PNRA and the Mercer Rowing Programs during these challenging times. We look forward to the new year and seeing you on the shores and on the water at Mercer Lake soon!

With the warmest of holiday wishes,

Kris Grudt, PNRA Executive Director

Hilary Gehman, Dir. of Mercer Rowing Programs

Jamie Hamp, Varsity Boys Coach

Sarah Trowbridge, Varsity Girls Coach

Aidan Hennessey, Novice Boys Coach

Jules Howarth, Novice Girls Coach

Jen Whiting, Masters Coach

Arlynn Baer, Outreach and Inclusion Manager

Mercer Junior Rowers Named to 2020-2021 USRowing Scholastic Honor Roll

Mercer Junior Rowers Theodore Schneider and Devon Reid have been named to USRowing’s 2020-2021 Scholastic Honor Role. Schneider, a Pennsbury High School Student is in his third year as a member of the Mercer Junior Rowing Program. Reid, a senior at Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School is in her second year with the Mercer Junior Rowing Program.

Four Mercer Junior Rowers received Honorable Mentions on the Scholastic Honor Role:

Charvee Dua, Plainsboro-West Windsor High School South

Arianna Mancuso, Plainsboro-West Windsor High School South

Kyle Rutter, Plainsboro-West Windsor High School South

Arya Sasne, Plainsboro-West Windsor High School South

The Princeton National Rowing Association and Mercer Rowing congratulate these student athletes on their achievements.

For the complete Scholastic Honor Role: https://usrowing.org/news/2020/10/5/news-usrowing-announces-2020-2021-scholastic-honor-roll.aspx

New Jersey Governor Murphy Declares June 23 Olympic Day

On June 23, 1894, the modern Olympic Games were founded. The International Olympic Day was introduced in 1948 to commemorate this event. It is now celebrated in over 205 countries around the globe. Governor Phil Murphy added New Jersey to the places celebrating the day by declaring June 23, 2020 as Olympic Day for the State of New Jersey.

In his decree, Governor Murphy, recognizes the achievements of the women and men who have trained on Mercer Lake who have represented the United States in the Olympics bringing home medals from every Olympics since 2004. He also recognizes USRowing, the Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA) and the Caspersen Rowing Center for their roles in preparing the Olympic and National Rowing Team athletes.
Governor Murphy pointed out the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has created and the importance of promoting physical health in these times. As the State of New Jersey continues to open up with individual rowing programs to begin this week, the Governor has declared June 23 to promote 24 hours of digital global exercise.

Mercer County has a long history with rowing and our nation’s Rowing Teams. More Olympic Rowing Team Trials have been held in Mercer County than any other place in the United States. This includes the now famous 1936 Olympic Rowing Team Trials when the University of Washington “Boys in the Boat” earning their right to represent the USA at the Berlin Olympics. The 2004 Men’s Gold medal 8+ trained in Mercer County. The 2008, 2012 and 2016 Women’s Gold medal 8+ trained on Mercer Lake. The Caspersen Rowing Center is also playing a key role as the team prepares for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games which are now scheduled for the summer of 2021.

To produce Olympians, it takes a team that goes beyond the athletes that will be at the Games. For those training at the Caspersen Rowing Center, this team includes the local community, especially those who have contributed to the team’s success by opening up their homes, providing employment opportunities and otherwise supported the athletes. This also includes Mercer County and the Mercer County Park Commission. Mercer Lake provides one of the top rowing venues in the country.

PNRA’s mission is to provide an opportunity for athletes of all ages, talents and backgrounds have the opportunity to develop this rowing abilities to their highest potential. For more information on PNRA and our programs, please visit our website at www.rowpnra.org.

A Statement from the PNRA Board of Directors on Racism and Diversity

The currents of racism and inequality in our country run deep. Our organization wants to actively break down constructs that allow that current to flow, especially in sport. Furthermore, as rowers, we know that the only way a boat can move forward against an unfair current is if we all pull together as one team. We know that we have to challenge ourselves and our teammates to do better, to be better. We have to hold ourselves and our team accountable. Only through respecting and indeed celebrating our differences can we truly come together as a team and win the fight against racism and discrimination in all its forms.

The PNRA Board of Directors

New Lightweight Protocol

Hello! Happy Hump Day.

If you are not planning to row Lightweight this Spring, you can stop reading!

USRowing has just opened up the Junior Lightweight Compliance Program Protocol. This is a new protocol so please read this information carefully. ALL Juniors who row in lightweight events at Mid-Atlantic Regionals and Youth Nationals must to be registered with USRowing under this protocol.

Please complete the following steps before March 1, 2020:

1. Confirm Individual membership status. Log in through the USRowing Membership Portal to confirm active membership status for the athlete. The link can be found HERE. Please make sure your USRowing membership does not expire sometime this Spring. The last day of Spring season is Sunday June 14, 2020.

2. Apply for Lightweight status. Coach Matt and Coach Jamie will register all athletes who wish to participate as a lightweight for the 2020 Spring Season through the USRowing Membership Portal.

3. Schedule appointment for athlete with healthcare professional. Inform your healthcare professional in advance of the purpose of the visit and reference the “three years of CDC growth chart weight percentile data” requirement on the form. The form was handed out at practice. It can also be found HERE.

– Individuals that cannot meet the criteria of providing CDC growth chart weight percentile for the past three years must submit written request for medical exemption to USRowing by February 15, 2020. The athlete will be contacted and asked to provide supplementary data prior to the March 15 deadline. Written requests should be submitted to the USRowing main office postmarked no later than February 15, 2020. Office Address: USRowing, 2 Wall Street, Princeton NJ 08540.

– Please let either Coach Matt or Coach Jamie know if you are submitting a medical exemption request.

4. The cost to administer the program will be $10.00 per athlete. When submitting your forms to either Coach Matt or Coach Jamie please include a $10.00 check made out to the Princeton National Rowing Association. PNRA will be submitting all forms into USRowing as a group. Please do not mail the final forms individually.

Athletes not registered with USRowing as Junior Lightweights by March 15, 2020, are not eligible to participate in lightweight events at USRowing Youth National Championships qualification regattas, the USRowing Youth National Championships and any USRowing registered regatta with junior lightweights held between March 15 and June 30. No exceptions.

If you have any questions, please contact either Coach Matt or Coach Jamie as soon as possible.

Thanks and GO MERCER!

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, krisgrudt@rowpnra.org or visit www.rowpnra.org.

Mercer Junior Jack Gallagher Invited to USRowing Under-23 Lightweight National Team Selection Camp

Mercer Junior Jack Gallagher has been invited to attend the USRowing Under-23 National Team Lightweight Selection Camp in Princeton, NJ this summer.  The camp will select the Lightweight 4x to represent the USA at the Under-23 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Florida, in July this year.  The Camp will also explore options to race in the Under-23 National Team Trials for the Lightweight 2x, 2- and 1x.  The Trials will be held on Mercer Lake in early July.

http://www.usrowing.org/news/2019/04/11/usrowing-names-2019-under-23-selection-camp-invitees/

Mercer Rowing 2018 Fall Season Recap

The Fall Head Racing Season finished for the Mercer Juniors and Mercer Masters at the Head of the Schuykill Regatta in Philadelphia, October 28, 2018.   The weather was beautiful for the first race of the Head season on October 6th in Shelton, Connecticut for the Head of The Housatonic.  Mercer followed that two weeks later at the cold and blustery Head of The Charles.  The last Head races took place the weekend of October 28-29 for the Head of The Schuykill in Philadelphia.  There was heavy rain on Saturday for the Masters races, but for Sunday’s Junior races the weather improved substantially.   Congratulations to all who represented Mercer Junior and Masters Rowing at these regattas!

Results from the HEAD OF THE SCHUYKILL for Mercer Rowing were:
Boys’ Varsity 4 – 6th
Boys’ V8—12th
Boys’ JV8—12th
Boys’ High School JV 4- 36th
Novice Boys 8- 4th + 13th
Boys’ Novice 4—2nd
Girls’ V8 –5th
Girls’ V4 –4th
Girls JV8—1st, 4th and 13th
**Girls’ Novice 4—1st and 17th
Novice Girls 8—9th & 16th and 21

Mercer Masters
Masters Women’s 8—4th
Masters Men’s 8 (combined with Swan Creek)—6th

Results from the HEAD OF THE CHARLES, October 20-21st, 2018,
Boys’ (Junior Men)—28th out of 85
Girls’ 8 (Junior Women)—5th out of 85
Girls’ JV 8–15th out of 85
Masters Women—27th out of 44
Coach Hilary Gehman—6th place in Masters 2X, Women 40+
Coach Anna Kalfaian—Princeton alumni 8—22nd
Coach Jamie Hamp—Princeton alumni 8—3rd

 

HEAD OF THE HOUSATONIC, October 6, 2018
**Junior Boys 1X—1st place-Jack Gallagher
Girls’ Varsity 8—7th
Girls’ Varsity 4—8th and 10th
Girls’ JV 8—2nd and 6th
Girls’ Novice 8—4th
Boys’ Varsity 8—8th
Boys’ Varsity 4– 2nd
Boys’ JV 4—4th
Boys’ Novice 8—3rd
Boys’ 2V 8—10th and 16th
Masters Women’s 8—3rd
Masters Men’s 4—10th
Masters Women’s 4—5th and 7
Coach Anna Kalfaian’s pair—3rd

Fall Season Starts for Local Crews with Mercer Lake Challenge

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Caspersen Rowing Center came alive on Wednesday afternoon with some friendly, intra-boathouse competition among the different high school crews that train here. The Lawrenceville School, Hun School, Peddie School and Mercer Junior Rowing all took part in two co-ed events, each a 4.6K ‘round the lake’ timed race in two boat classes. The first group to go off was the 4+ (coxed 4s), 4X (quads), and  event. Next the teams seated 8s for the same trip. 

The weather cooperated and the Mercer Lake Challenge gave the crews a chance to test their speed as the Fall Head racing season gets underway.

Next up on Mercer Lake will be the Small Boat Challenge on October 6th & 7th , 2018.  The Mercer Juniors and Mercer Masters will compete at the Head of the Housatonic in Derby CT on October 6,, 2018.

 

2018 Mercer Lake Challenge Results

            Men’s 8+ – 4:30pm                                         

Place    Bow                               Team                          Final Time
1           1                                     Mercer “A”                     16:11.3
2           3                                     Lawrenceville “A”                   16:48.1
3           4                                     Hun                                 16:58.3
4           5                                     Mecer “B”                       17:03.1
5           2                                     Peddie “A”                      17:07.6
6           7                                     Lawrenceville “B”                   17:46.1
7           6                                     Peddie “B”                      18:39.0
8           9                                     Peddie “C”                      19:17.1
9           8                                     Mercer “C”                     20:19.0            

            Women’s 8+ – 4:35pm        

Place    Bow                               Team                          Final Time
1           12                                   Mercer “A”        4+             18:05.4
2           14                                   Mercer “B”        4+             18:35.0
3           15                                   Mercer “C”        4+             19:26.9
4           16                                   Mercer “D”        4+             19:42.1
5           13                                   Lawrenceville    4+             20:26.1
1           17                                   Peddie “A”         4x             19:21.0
2           18                                   Hun                    4x             19:46.3
3           19                                   Peddie “B”         4x             20:09.2
4           20                                   Peddie “C”         4x             24:34.9
3           23                                   Hun “C”              2x             23:35.0
1           21                                   Hun “A”              2x             23:59.0
2           22                                   Hun “B”              2x             26:58.6
             24                                   Hun “D”             2x    DNS

                                                                                      

             Men’s 8+ – 5:10pm                                         

Place    Bow                               Team                          Final Time
1           27                                   Mercer “A”                     15:22.5
2           29                                   Lawrenceville “A”                   16:03.4
3           31                                   Mercer “B”                     16:28.0
4           30                                   Hun                                 16:44.5
5           28                                   Peddie “A”                      17:05.2
6           33                                   Mercer “C”                     17:31.9
7           32                                   Peddie “B”                      19:03.0
8           34                                   Mercer “D”                     20:12.5

                                                                                      

             Women’s 8+ -5:20pm                                    

Place    Bow                               Team                          Final Time
1           35                                   Mercer “A”                     16:41.6
2           37                                   Mercer “B”                     17:11.2
3           38                                   Mercer “C”                     18:24.0
4           39                                   Mercer “D”                     19:27.4
5           36                                   Peddie                             20:17.2

Princeton National Rowing Association Staff adds Anna Kalfaian as Novice Programs Coordinator and Novice Girls Coach

For Immediate Release
West Windsor, NJ
July 9, 2018

The Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA) is pleased to announce that Anna Kalfaian will take on a full-time position with the Mercer Rowing Program coaching staff as the Novice Rowing Coordinator and Novice Girls Coach.

Anna Kalfaian graduated from Princeton University in 2017, where she rowed as a member of the Varsity Openweight Women’s team for four years and earned a degree in Art and Archaeology: Visual Arts.  While at Princeton, Ms. Kalfaian competed in the NCAA National Rowing Championships, the Henley Women’s Regatta and won multiple IVY League medals.   Ms. Kalfaian began her rowing career at Blair Academy in 2009 and attended Junior National Team Selection Camp in 2012.  Ms. Kalfaian previously worked in art/nonprofit education and coached the Belvidere Barracudas Swim Team for three years, and most recently served as the Mercer Varsity Women’s Assistant Coach.

 

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 30 area schools and the Mercer Masters Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for adults.  The center is a home to the USRowing National and Olympic Teams, as well as rowing clubs and schools. PNRA has received generous support from USRowing, University Orthopaedic Associates, bai, JL Racing, Resolute Racing Shells, Wells Fargo Advisors-Gould Group, Holiday Inn, and Residence Inn by Marriott.

For more information, contact Kristopher Grudt,

tel: 609-977-1094, krisgrudt@rowpnra.org or visit www.rowpnra.org

116th Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Collegiate Rowing Championship Returns to Mercer Lake

For immediate release

May 23, 2018

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. – The Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA) will welcome the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Collegiate Rowing Championship to Mercer Lake in Mercer County Park on June 1-3, 2018.  This marks the 4th time that this prestigious regatta will be held on Mercer Lake.  First held in 1896, the IRA Championship Regatta brings the top Men’s, Lightweight Men’s and Lightweight Women’s Crews from throughout the United States to crown the national collegiate champion in 10 different events.  With the NCAA conducting only a Women’s Open Rowing Championship since 1996, the IRA Regatta has long provided the opportunity our country’s top collegiate rowers to have a national championship.

 

The IRA National Championship returns to Mercer Lake this year after being in Sacramento California in 2017.  PNRA previously hosted the IRA regatta in 2014-2016.   The IRA Stewards have also announce that the 2020 and 2021 editions of the IRA Championship will be on Mercer Lake.  Approximately 1200 collegiate athletes participate in the IRA regatta.

The Mercer County Park venue is considered one of the top rowing locations in the United States.     The venue in Mercer County Park has hosted many major regattas including six US Olympic Rowing Team Trials and the 2006, 2012 and 2017 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championship Regatta and USRowing’s Youth National Championships.  Regattas held on the on lake produce over $10 million in total local economic impact each year.

“It is an honor to be able to bring the IRA National Championship Regatta back to Mercer Lake,” stated Kristopher Grudt, Princeton National Rowing Association’s Executive Director. “The IRA has long been considered one of the nation’s premier rowing events and it is great to host it at one of the top rowing venues in the country.  We have inquiries from people from as far away and New Zealand who are planning on attending this event.  We thank Mercer County, Mercer County Parks and all of our dedicated volunteers for their support in our ability to attract top level regattas to Mercer County.”

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 30 area schools and the Mercer Masters Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for adults.  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, krisgrudt@rowpnra.org or visit www.rowpnra.org.

PNRA/Mercer Rowing Shines at Mid-Atlantic Regionals

For immediate release
May 18, 2018
West Windsor, NJ

Princeton National Rowing Association/Mercer Juniors excelled at USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Regional Championships walking away with the Overall Team Points Trophy, the Women’s Team Points Trophy and qualifying nine boats for the Youth National Championship. The Regional Championships were held on Mercer Lake May 12 and 13, 2018 and drew 41 teams from seven states competing in 357 boats. The event is a qualifying regatta for the USRowing Youth National Championship which will take place June 7-10, 2018 in Sacramento, California.

Mercer Rowing Program Director and Varsity Boys Head Coach Justin Ochal will take three of his men’s boats to nationals this year. The Men’s Youth 4+ took first place overall in their event, finishing more than ten seconds ahead of second place South Jersey. Rowers Jack Gallagher, Eli Kalfaian, Evan Kinter and Herbert De Cokere were coxed by Annie Huber, and finished with an official time of 6:58.97. In addition, Ochal qualified two Men’s Youth 2- boats. Mercer rowers Dana Gajewski and Andrew Moss won that event with a time of 7:45.39, followed by teammates Brady Stergion and Pavel Zhelnin in third with their time of 8:05.481.

Coach Ochal had nothing but good things to say about his rowers. “This year at Mid-Atlantics there was a lot of competition. I’m proud of the guys for stepping up and competing in difficult events. This year the boys worked hard to put themselves in the best possible position. We had some good results, and we learned where we stack up against the competition. The boys should be proud of how they rowed.”
The Mercer Junior Women will be sending its largest contingent ever to the Youth National Championship. Proving their depth as a team, the women qualified six boats: the Varsity Women’s 8+; Varsity Women’s Lightweight 8+; 2nd Varsity Women’s 8+; Women’s Varsity 4+; Women’s Varsity Lightweight 4+; and Women’s 2-.

“This entire year, I wanted to instill the ‘Team First’ attitude,” Varsity Girls Head Coach Matt Carlsen said. “It doesn’t matter what boat you are in, as long as you make it as fast as you possibly can. It really showed this past weekend. Every single girl walked away with a medal, and we won the Girl’s Team Points Trophy. I am very proud of all the hard work the girls put in over the course of the year, and for some, there are still four more weeks of even harder work to go.”

Mercer’s first and second varsity boats finished first and second in the Women’s Youth 8+ event, both qualifying for the Youth National Championship. Coxswain Lauren Preston steered rowers Bridget Parker, Katryna Niva, Elyssa Aronson, Kieran Wild, Emmanuelle Adamson, Sarah Closser, Mia Barkenbush, and Sara Hansen to victory with a time of 7:15.58. Not far behind were teammates Peri Mishkin, Sylvie Tuder, Kristen Harkins, Morgan Linsley, Catherine Dyevich, Erin Heyeck, Jacqueline Armetta, and Olivia Andersen. Coxed by Helena Wolk, their boat finished in second place with a time 7:25.53.

The Mercer Girls Team will also be sending rowers to compete in the Women’s Youth Lightweight 8+, the Women’s Youth 4+, the Women’s Youth Lightweight 4+, and the Women’s Youth 2-.
The Mercer Junior Rowing Program provides opportunities to participate in rowing to182 athletes from 46 area schools. The 48 athletes who have qualified for the USRowing Youth National Championships represent 15 area schools:

Women’s Varsity 8+
C: Lauren Preston – Notre Dame HS
8: Bridget Parker – Princeton HS
7: Katryna Niva – Hunterdon Central HS
6: Elyssa Aronson – Cherry Hill HS East
5: Kieran Wild – Council Rock HS North
4: Emmanuelle Adamson – Princeton HS
3: Sarah Closser – Princeton HS
2: Mia Barkenbush – West Windsor HS South
1: Sara Hansen – West Windsor HS South

Women’s 2nd Varsity 8+
C: Helena Wolk – Princeton HS
8: Peri Mishkin – Allentown HS
7: Sylvie Tuder – Princeton HS
6: Kristen Harkins – Notre Dame HS
5: Morgan Linsley – Princeton HS
4: Catherine Dyevich – Princeton HS
3: Erin Heyeck – Pennington School
2: Jacqueline Armetta – Villa Joseph Marie HS
1: Olivia Andersen – Princeton HS

Women’s Varsity Lightweight 8+
C: Madeleine Peel – Princeton HS
8: Catherine Vinch-Buck – Pennington School
7: Erin Dobbs – Notre Dame HS
6: Nathalie Verlinde – Princeton HS
5: Taylor Vierling – Northern Burlington HS
4: Maheera Bawa – Montgomery HS
3: Julia Berdzik – Notre Dame HS
2: Chloe Couillens – Hopewell Valley Cent HS
1: Eveline Enthoven – Princeton HS

Women’s 2-
2: Sophie Craver – Princeton HS
1: Sylvie Tuder – Princeton HS

Women’s Varsity 4+
C: Maura Harkins – Notre Dame HS
4: Sophie Craver – Princeton HS
3: Elena Kosowski – Steintert HS
2: Emma Bryan – Princeton HS
1: Caroline Gibson – Princeton HS

Women’s Lightweight 4+
C: Anna Hu – West Windsor HS South
4: Ava Wisnoski – Northern Burlington HS
3: Olivia Estes-Downs – Princeton HS
2: Caroline Adams – Council Rock HS North
1: Abigail McAleer – Council Rock HS North

Men’s 2-
2: Dana Gajewski – Princeton HS
1: Andrew Moss – Princeton HS

2: Brady Stergion – Notre Dame HS
1: Pavel Zhelnin – Princeton HS

Men’s 4+
C: Annie Huber – Stuart Country Day School
4: Jack Gallagher – Council Rock HS North
3: Eli Kalfaian – Delaware Valley Regional HS
2: Evan Kinter – Steinert HS
1: Herbert De Cokere – Montgomery 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 30 area schools and the Mercer Masters Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for adults. 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, krisgrudt@rowpnra.org or visit www.rowpnra.org.

Jan. 4 2018 Winter Weather Practice Updates

Due to the Winter Storm Warning that will be in effect and the forecast that is calling for increasing snow amounts and wind, the Mercer Masters practice scheduled for the morning of Thursday, January 4, is cancelled.

An announcement regarding the status of Mercer Junior practices will be made on Thursday morning based on how the storm develops.  If the Mercer Junior practices are cancelled a message will be posted on this blog and sent out via the emergency text messaging service.

To sign up for the emergency texting service, text PNRA to 313131.

 

Monday, October 30 MJRC Practices

Due to the high wind and lack of indoor workout space, the Novice, 8th Grade and Development program practices scheduled for October 30th have been cancelled.  Coaches will send out suggested workouts to their athletes.

The Varsity will practice as normal.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

 

Congratulations to the Novices on a good race at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta.

Mercer Rowing Shines at Elite Head of the Charles Regatta

Mercer Youth Men’s 8+ at the 2017 Head of the Charles Regatta Photo courtesy of Helene Gallagher

October 27, 2017, West Windsor, NJ – For immediate release

Thousands of rowers from around the globe descended upon Boston last weekend to compete at the elite Head of the Charles Regatta.  The weather was picture perfect on the Charles River, and the Mercer rowers used that to their advantage as they took to the water in the hopes of improving their times from last year and securing automatic invitations to return next year.  They did not disappoint.

Mercer’s first varsity women’s boat competed in the Women’s Youth Eights.  Rowers Katryna Niva, Sarah Closser, Elyssa Aronson, Bridget Parker, Emmanuelle Adamson, Kieran Wild, Mia Barkenbush, Sara Hansen and coxswain Lauren Preston finished the course in 16:40.878, earning them a 5th place medal in the field of 85 boats.  While their finish was certainly impressive, co-captain Adamson was quick to note that there is still work to be done.

“Head of the Charles is an amazing experience and so much fun,” she said.  “It’s pretty great to have the entire team do so well.  Our 2V has been doing insanely well and proving the depth we have.  It’s great to have success early in the season, but we have a long time to continue to improve before nationals.”

The 2V Adamson speaks so highly of is Mercer’s second varsity women’s boat, coxed by Madeleine Peel and rowed by Sophie Craver, Julia Berdzik, Peri Mishkin, Morgan Linsley, Jacqueline Armetta, Erin Dobbs, Chloe Couillens, and Eveline Enthoven. They finished closely behind the women’s 1V with a time of 17:04.439, earning them a 13th place finish and highest positon by a 2V boat in the event.

“I am very pleased with the results from the weekend,” varsity women’s coach Matt Carlsen said.  “Going into the head of the Charles, my goal for the varsity 8 and second varsity 8 was to get into the top 5 and top 15 respectively. They both accomplished those goals, but if we want to reach the end goal of medaling at the national championships in June we have to find even more speed on and off the water. I am hoping by the successes of this past weekend, it will light a fire under the girls that did not get a chance to compete and keep the fire lit for those that did!”

Mercer had one varsity men’s team competing in the Men’s Youth Eights at HOCR this year.  Annie Huber coxed rowers Dana Gajewski, Andrew Moss, Evan Kinter, Jack Gallagher, Eli Kalfaian, Herbert De Cokere, Brady Stergion, and Leon Deng to a 19th place finish with a time of 15:09.921.  Their placement guarantees that Mercer will send at least one varsity men’s boat back to the Charles River next year, in addition to the top two women’s varsity boats.

The Mercer Masters were also in attendance in Boston this year, sending one boat each to compete in the Men’s and Women’s Senior Master Fours.  Rowers Miles Truesdell, Charles Gilbert, Michael Vaccaro, David Potts and coxswain Helena Wolk finished in 29th place with a time of 19:44.742, while the women’s boat, coxed by Madeline Alden and rowed by Kristin Appelget, Sharon Waters, Meredith Lavery, and Terri Gruber McDonough finished in 25th place with  time of 20:48.833.

“It has been a great start to the 2017-18 season with the whole team, women, men and masters, having strong performances at our races so far this fall,” stated Justin Ochal, Mercer Rowing Program Director. “Our athletes have shown that we can race aggressively against some of the best teams in the country.  We are looking forward to continuing to build on this for the rest of the fall and throughout the spring season.”

Congratulations to all the Mercer rowers who competed in the Head of the Charles Regatta this year.

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 30 area schools and the Mercer Masters Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for adults.  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: 609-977-1094, krisgrudt@rowpnra.org or visit www.rowpnra.org.