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!

Spring 2019 varsity tryouts schedule and updates!

Hi everyone!

It may not feel like it but the spring season is here! Varsity tryouts start this week (tomorrow, March 4) and run through the Row for a Cure on Sunday, March 10.

If you have not already registered, please register for both tryouts (free) and the Row for a Cure ASAP!

Due to the weather predictions this week, the current plan is for the teams to follow the WINTER SCHEDULE. FOr those unfamiliar with this schedule, this means practice will be 4-6:15pm every day (except Mondays for the boys, which is 5:45-8pm). The boys are at warehouse Wednesday and Friday, and the girls are there Tuesday and Thursday. Coaches will announce any potential changes at practice and tell athletes if they should check back for updates the next day. We will continue to monitor the weather and try to post updates and make announcements at practice as we try to get out of the water this week.


Thanks and GO MERCER!

Coach Matt and Coach Jamie

No practice for Boys teams Monday, 02/18/19!

This is just a reminder that there is NO PRACTICE for both the Varsity Boys and Novice Boys for Monday, February 18, 2019. This is to provide a day off after the tank session this morning. Please enjoy the day off from practice and school for President’s Day!

Practice will resume normal schedule Tuesday through Friday, 4-6:15pm and Saturday 9:15am this week. Thanks!


Also please remember to spread the word about our OPEN HOUSE for prospective new rowers, this Saturday from 11:30am-1pm!

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.


2019 Spring and Summer Schedule

Below is the schedule for the spring, summer and start of fall seasons. It is a lot of information so please read carefully. Some of the races earlier in the season are still tbd and we will update as soon as we know more details.

First a few reminders: please be sure to communicate early with your coach if you are planning any college visits or other trips that will require you to miss practice. There is a new NCAA rule that allows girls in their junior year to be invited on official visits. This is the first year of the rule and it is unclear how many college coaches will utilize it this spring. As a reminder, missed practices may effect boatings. In addition to communicating with your coach, please remember to fill out the absentee form. 

Also, anyone interested in possibly rowing as a lightweight this spring must have the Lightweight Health Form completed by a physician and turned in no later than March 11, 2019. Here is the form: Lightweight Health Form spring 2019.

Spring Schedule*:

Saturday, March 2: end of winter for varsity

Sunday, March 3: USRowing U19 ID Camp for girls at Mercer boathouse

Monday, March 4 – Sunday, March 10: varsity tryouts (including Mercer Indoor Row for the Cure)

Sunday, March 10:

  • Mercer Indoor Row for the Cure at Peddie School – all Mercer event (fundraiser for Central and South Jersey Susan G. Komen)
  • end of winter for novice (after the Row for the Cure)
  • USRowing U19 ID Camp for boys at Mercer Boathouse

Monday, March 11: beginning of spring for varsity

Saturday, March 16: Varsity Parents meeting, 9 a.m. at boathouse

Monday, March 18: beginning of spring for novice

Saturday, March 23: Novice Parents meeting, 9 a.m. at boathouse

Saturday, March 30: Metropolitan Youth Speed Order, Passaic River (tentative)

Saturday, April 6: Neczypor Regatta, Cooper River (tentative)

Sunday, April 14: Gonzaga v. Mercer, Mercer Lake – varsity boys (we are looking for a girls team to host)

Friday, April 19-Saturday, April 20: Mercer Lake Sprints, Mercer Lake – all Mercer boats
NOTE: this is Easter and Passover weekend

Saturday, April 27-Sunday, April 28: Saratoga Invite, Saratoga Springs, NY – varsity, tentative novice

Saturday, May 11-Sunday, May 12: USRowing Mid-Atlantic Regionals, Mercer Lake – all Mercer boats

Monday, May 13: end of spring for varsity and novice

Tuesday, May 21: End of Season Mercer Banquet for all Mercer rowers and parents at Hamilton Manor (note: if there is availability, this may be moved a week earlier).

Summer Schedule**:

Those who qualify for Nationals will continue to train through June 9

Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 9: USRowing Youth Nationals (Sarasota, FL)

Monday, June 24: summer season starts for everyone

(this gives 6 weeks off for those who do not qualify for nationals and 2 weeks off for those who do qualify for nationals)

Proposed summer races:

Saturday, July 20: Philly Youth Regatta

Saturday, July 27: Overpeck Regatta

Tuesday, August 6- Sunday, August 11: Canadian Henley, St. Catharines, ONT (select boats)

August 12: end of summer season

Monday, August 26: varsity captains practices start and start of novice fall

Tuesday, September 3-Friday, September 6: varsity tryouts

Saturday, September 7: varsity fall starts

*For the spring season, the varsity girls will have Tuesdays off and practice both Saturday and Sunday (exact time is tbd, but likely 10:30-1:00 on Saturday and 7:00-9:30 on Sunday). Weekday practice time is 4-6:45 pm. The varsity boys are still tbd on whether they will follow that plan or stick with a Monday through Friday and one weekend day practice schedule. Novice practice is Monday through Friday 4:15-6:15.

**For the summer season, practices will run Monday through Friday from 1-3 p.m. No weekend practice.

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!

Spring Season Dates


Below are some important dates for the spring season (yes, it is still winter but we’re always looking ahead!).

Winter ends: March 2
Spring Try-outs: March 4-10
Spring Season: March 11-May 17

Winter ends: March 10
Spring Season: March 18-May 17

For boats that qualify for Nationals, training will begin Saturday, May 18. Nationals are in Sarasota, Florida from June 7-9. Novices do not attend Nationals.  

The summer season will begin on June 10 (except for those who attended Nationals).

Spring 2019 Mercer Racing Schedule click the link to see the spring race schedule. Please note: Mercer Lake Sprints falls on Easter weekend this year. Racing will take place Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20. 

Thank you and GO MERCER!

Lost and Found will be donated soon!

Parents and Athletes:

We have a LOT of items that have been left in the erg room or around the boathouse that need to be claimed. Please come and check the piles and take anything that belongs to you. We will be making a trip to Homefront on Monday, Dec. 10 to donate any items not claimed. Check out the photo below for a sample of what we have in the office:

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.

Lost and Found items and update on gear

Hello Parents and Athletes,

There are a bunch of clothes that we have accumulated in our lost and found area over the course of the fall. Please check for lost items either in the erg room OR in the conference room (back room in the office) – parents are welcome to come check the stash on your son/daughter’s behalf!

We will be donating leftover items to Homefront on Monday, December 10!

An update on gear orders: there are a bunch of JL items that are on back order and we are expecting them any day. Patagonia orders are trickling in and we’ll keep you posted on when you can pick them up. (Note: the rain jackets will ship sometime in December).

Thank you!

Mercer Varsity Warehouse Waiver


The varsity will not be going to CrossFit in Hamilton. Instead, the varsity will be utilizing space in a warehouse off of Alexander Road. The address is 741 Alexander Road, Unit 3. The schedule for each team is as follows:

Varsity Girls, Nov 26-Mar 2: Tuesday and Thursday at Alexander Rd from 4-6:15 p.m.
Varsity Boys, (Nov 26-Mar 2): Wednesday and Friday at Alexander Rd from 4-6:15 p.m.

This waiver must be signed before participating in any workouts at the warehouse. Please bring signed waiver to practice on Monday November 26th.  Please click HERE for waiver.

Please remember to use the back entrance to the warehouse. The front will not be opened.

Have a great Thanksgiving!




Thanksgiving week hours

Hi everyone,

The erg room hours for the week are below.

Monday 11/19: 3-6pm (Juniors – remember we are moving stuff at Alexander Street 4-6pm)

Tuesday 11/20: 3-6pm

Wednesday 11/21: 10am-1pm

Closed Thursday 11/22 through Sunday 11/25

Regular hours resume and winter training begins Monday 11/26.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Winter Training

Winter Registration is available! There are some changes this year so please read carefully!

The varsity will not be going to CrossFit in Hamilton. Instead, the varsity will be utilizing space in a warehouse off of Alexander Road. The address is 741 Alexander Road, Unit 3. The schedule for each team is as follows:

Varsity Girls, Nov 26-Mar 2:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Boathouse from 4-6:15 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday at Alexander Rd from 4-6:15 p.m.
Saturday morning at Boathouse, exact time TBD

Varsity (Nov 26-Mar 2) and Novice (Dec 3-Mar 10) Boys:

Monday at Boathouse from 5:45-8 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday at Boathouse from 4-6:15 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday at Alexander Rd from 4-6:15 p.m. (VARSITY ONLY, NOVICE IS OFF)
Saturday morning at Boathouse, exact time TBD

Novice Girls, Dec 4-Mar 10:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at Boathouse from 6-8 p.m.
Saturday at Boathouse, exact time TBD

The Novice team meets 4 days a week and the winter program fee is $400. The Varsity teams meet 6 days a week with a program fee of $650. Any athlete who has completed two full seasons as a novice is no longer eligible to row as a novice. There will be tryouts for varsity the week of March 4-10. The varsity and novice boys will meet at the same time but will have a different training schedule. Check the list here to see what program to sign up for. Also please note: coxswains do not pay for winter training! If you are a coxswain, please check with your coach on a schedule of days to attend.

There will be no practice Dec 23-Jan 2.

Here is the link to register: https://www.rowpnra.org/mercer-rowing/juniors/registrationforms/

Head of the Halloween and Mercer Fall Classic

Hi everyone!

Thanks to everyone for another great weekend of racing at the Head of the Schuylkill, including the first place finishes by the Girl’s 2nd Varsity 8 and Novice 4.
We are now looking forward to our last two races of the year – the Head of the Halloween and the Mercer Fall Classic.
The Head of the Halloween is during practice tomorrow, Wednesday October 31st. We will be racing in mixed 8s (novice and varsity together) along with the Peddie boys. The race will be one around the lake piece and one 500m sprint. Practice will be over after this, so please plan on picking up athletes around 5:45pm! Costumes and candy to share after the race are highly encouraged!
The Mercer Fall Classic is this Saturday, November 3rd at the Caspersen Rowing Center. Hilary will be sending out a volunteer signup, so please be on the lookout for that. Athletes will race around the lake pieces in the morning and 2ks in the afternoon. Racing will begin at 10am and end by 3pm, so athletes should plan on potentially being at the boathouse from around 8:30am until 3pm. All programs will be off Sunday. Important: if you are taking the SAT or cannot make the race Saturday, please fill out the absence form and tell your coach ASAP!
A few last reminders – the novice season ends Friday November 9 and the Varsity ends Friday November 16. There will be a blog post with winter information in the coming week. Also, there is a service day for varsity athletes on Saturday, November 10 from 9:30am-12pm. We will meet at the Marina on the south side of the lake. More information will come from the coaches.
Thank you and Go Mercer!

Head of the Schuylkill Information – PLEASE READ

Good afternoon, Mercer Parents,

Below you will find some additional information about tomorrow’s regatta:

Drop-off/Pick-up:  The Head of the Schuylkill is technically an away regatta, but parents and athletes are required to get themselves to the course.  Please have the athletes at the trailer TWO HOURS before the scheduled race time.  The trailer is located at Trailer Lot 4, which is marked on the map: http://hosr.org/site-map/

Parking/Spectator Information:  Philadelphia is closing down Kelly Drive for this regatta.  Therefore, you will need to adjust your timing to allow for extra traffic for drop off and pick up.  There is parking up the hill from the course, and there will be a shuttle running back and forth, stopping at Lot 4 where the Mercer trailer is located.  Parents can refer to the Parents’ FB page for additional information about where to watch, but there is a covered grandstand farther down the course from the drop off site.  The trailer zone is for coaches and athletes only, so please respect that space and cheer farther down the course.

Racing:  This is a head race.  That means the boats are coming down the course one at a time, with about 15 seconds separating them, rather than spread across in lanes.  The racing schedule with bow numbers will be posted on the Parents’ FB page, so you will know which boats to look for.  Once the racing is over, please wait until you hear from your athlete before you pick him/her up.  The athletes will need to de-rig the boats and load them back on the trailer before they are allowed to leave, which does take some time.  The coaches ask that you not hang around the trailers while the athletes are working, but rather wait until you hear from them.

Miscellaneous:  The Head of the Schuylkill is a large regatta, with many clubs competing in events throughout the day.  There will be a lot of exciting racing, but it will also be very crowded.  Please pack some food, water, and extra gear for your athletes!  There are some vendors at the course, but it’s best to come prepared.

Good luck to all the rowers tomorrow!

Head of the Schuylkill 2018


This weekend the Mercer Juniors and Mercer Masters will be competing at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta! This will be a very busy weekend as we will be racing in 15 different events.

The weather looks to be…. BAD. Please dress for the weather. Please bring extra clothes. Rain gear. Cold gear. More gear than you think!

LINEUPS: Please click HERE for the TENTATIVE racing lineups for this weekend. The novice girl lineups will be posted after practice tonight.

REGISTRATION: Juniors- Please click HERE to register / Masters- Please click HERE to register.

PARKING: Please click HERE to learn more about the drop off zones and parking for this weekend.

RESULTS: Please click HERE for the results.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your respective teams coach!




Mercer Practices


All junior practices (novices and varsity) on Friday October 19th and Sunday October 21 have been cancelled.

Varsity please check with your captains for alternative workouts that must be completed.

Masters practice on Friday morning is still on!!!!




Head of the Charles Regatta 2018


We are looking forward to the second regatta of the season.  The Head of the Charles (www.hocr.org) is a Varsity/Masters-only regatta scheduled for October 20-October 21 in Boston, MA.  This regatta is by invitation only, and this year we are sending the Boys V8, the Girls V8 and 2V8, and a Women’s Masters 8+.   The current tentative schedule is as follows:

10:09am Women’s Masters 8+  Bow# 35

10:19am Women’s Youth 8+ (both entries) Bow# 4 and Bow# 12
12:57pm Men’s Youth 8+ Bow# 19

Travel Plans:
We are departing from the boathouse at 5:30 am Friday, October 19.  Athletes should arrive at the boathouse 15 minutes early, packed and ready to leave.  They should also bring snacks and water, but the plan is to have lunch on the road.  We will drive directly to the course so the athletes can rig the boats and get in a practice row.  We will be returning to the boathouse on Sunday, October 21, some time in the evening.

We will be traveling in 3 vans. There will be a chaperone assigned to each boat competing at the event.

The cost for this regatta is higher than it is for most other regattas.  This is in large part due to the costs associated with traveling to Boston this weekend; the Head of the Charles is a prestigious regatta that hosts clubs and teams at all levels from all over the world.  

The registration link for the Head of the Charles is here.  Please register as soon as possible!

We will provide updates on ETA’s, as well as results, on Facebook.  We will do what we can to post on the blog as well, but please use Facebook as your primary source of information.  If you are watching from home, results will also be posted on www.RegattaCentral.com.  You can also follow via livestream from the event website www.hocr.org.  

Hotel Details:

PNRA has secured rooms at the Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA  02466 for athletes and coaches. Phone number: (617-969-1000)


The following meals will be provided:

Lunch Friday, October 19
Dinner Friday, October 19 (choice by boat)
Breakfast Saturday, October 20 (full breakfast at the Hotel)
Lunch Saturday, October 20 (Money will be provided to each rower to purchase food at course)
Dinner Saturday, October 20
Breakfast Sunday, October 21 (full breakfast at the Hotel)
Lunch Sunday, October 21 (at the course)
Dinner on Sunday will be by boat on the way home.  Athletes will purchase their own.
*****  Please have your athlete bring cash for snacks, meals, and event gear.  *****

A huge thank you again to everyone who has offered to help.  We look forward to another successful regatta.

Go, Mercer!

Patagonia Order


Order forms for Mercer Patagonia gear are now available! Forms can be found on the erg room bulletin board, or can be printed here Fall 2018 Patagonia Order FormOrder forms and payment must be turned in to Coach Anna by the end of practice on Monday, 10/22. 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!

Head of the Housatonic Regatta Information


Below you will find information regarding the Head of the Housatonic Regatta.

We will be leaving the Caspersen Rowing Center at 4:00pm on Friday October 5th. Please bring dinner for the ride up and any other snacks you may want to eat!

HOTEL INFORMATION: Hampton Inn Danbury, 81 Newtown Rd, Danbury, CT 06810, tel: 203-748-6677


PARKING is $15 dollars this year and you will have to take a shuttle down to the race course. Please allow at least 30 minutes for transport from the parking site to the regatta venue.

SATURDAY LUNCH: Will be provided on Saturday.

SATURDAY DINNER: Please bring money for the ride home as we will be stopping to get food.

WIRELESS SERVICE – Cell phone reception at Indian Well State Park is spotty. Do not count on being able to phone or text from your device while you are at the park.

Please check the parents Facebook page for any details regarding arrival at the BH on Saturday night. The parent coordinators will do their best to keep that updated throughout the day depending on service at the race site.

LINEUPS: Please click HERE


Practice Information for those NOT traveling to the Housatonic


The following is information about practice for all athletes not traveling to the Head of the Housatonic:


Sunday: Varsity Girls will meet at the Princeton stadium for practice 7:30-9:00 a.m. (All those who raced in CT have Sunday off)

Sunday: Varsity Boys is tbd and will be announced Saturday afternoon/evening. Check the Varsity Boys Facebook page.

Thank you and GO MERCER!

Head of the Housatonic Travel Roster


Please click Here for the junior travel rosters for Head of the Housatonic on Saturday October 6th.

The registration link is up for the regatta. Click here. Please be registered by October 21st so no late fee is incurred!

Master’s registration link can be found here.

Tentative lineups will be posted by Tuesday October 2nd.


Novice Parents Meeting and College Night

Greetings Parents,

Just a quick reminder that this Saturday at 9 a.m. is the Novice Parents meeting at the boathouse.

Also, on Monday, September 24 there will be a College Information session starting at 7 p.m. for any students and/or parents who are interested in learning more about the process of rowing in college.



Varsity and Novice Parent Meeting Dates

Greetings Parents!

Please note the dates for the parent meetings both of which will take place at the boathouse starting at 9 a.m.

Varsity Parents: Saturday, September 15

Novice Parents: Saturday, September 22 

Please help us pass the word. Each meeting will cover information pertinent for parents, athletes are not expected to attend.

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

Varsity Girls Optional Morning Workouts

Good Evening,

This year, the varsity girls program has added some optional injury prevention and strength training sessions in the mornings. These workouts are meant to help prevent injuries throughout the season and gain strength/endurance. These are totally optional. I repeat these are optional. No attendance will be taken.  Attendance at these practices WILL NOT affect boat placement.

These will begin at 5:45am, and end by 7:00am. If someone has to leave early, they can just leave early. If you cannot make it, please do not worry. These are optional.

The girls will be lifting at the boathouse some days, and meeting at the Princeton stadium to run stairs and hills the other days.

The schedule is below. Again, these are optional.

9/6/2018: Boathouse
9/10/2018: Princeton Stadium
9/12/2018: Boathouse
9/14/2018: Boathouse
9/17/2018: Princeton Stadium
9/19/2018: Boathouse
9/21/2018: Boathouse
9/25/2018: Boathouse
9/27/2018: Boathouse
10/2/2018: Boathouse
10/4/2018: Boathouse
10/8/2018: Princeton Stadium
10/10/2018: Boathouse
10/12/2018: Boathouse
10/24/2018: Boathouse
10/26/2018: Boathouse
10/31/2018: Boathouse
11/2/2018: Boathouse

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Coach Matt

Fall Varsity Practice and Open House

Hi all! This is just a friendly reminder that practice beginsTomorrow, August 27 from 4-6: 45 pm. for varsity tryouts. 

Additionally, a reminder there is an open house for prospective rowers on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29th from 6:45-8pm. Please encourage anyone you know who might be interested in seeing what the sport is all about to attend!

Thank you and see you all next week!

Mercer Coaches

Labor Day Update

Hello Mercer Athletes and Parents!

We will not be having practice at the BH on Sunday, September 2nd and Monday, September 3rd for Labor Day Weekend. Please look to the respective Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls Facebook pages for workouts to complete on your own.

Looking forward to getting back into the swing of things next Monday!


NK Equipment, Open House, Joan Lin wan Blom Movie

Hi everyone! Hope you are all enjoying the last few weeks of summer!

As we begin to prepare for the season, we have a few quick dates and notes we would like to share with everyone.

1. The coaching staff is making an inventory on all the equipment before the season begins. If you have any PNRA/Mercer equipment or supplies please email Coach Justin (jochal@rowpnra.org) and Coach Jamie (jhamp@rowpnra.org) and let them know so we can account for it. We are especially looking for coxboxes, chargers, headsets, and speedcoaches, as we are missing a few!

2. Mercer will be hosting an open house event for prospective novice rowers during the first week of tryouts on Wednesday, August 29th from 6:45-8pm. The coaches will explain more on the first day of tryouts, but please spread the word to anyone who might be interested in coming and learning more about rowing. Novice does not start until the following week, so there will still be time to join!

3. PNRA will be hosting a viewing of Kiss the Joy, the inspirational story of Joan Lind van Blom, the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic medal, on Labor Day, Monday, September 3rd. It will be shown on the apron in front of the boathouse starting at 7:45pm. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students, and proceeds benefit the Joan Lind van Bloom Endowment for Women’s Sculling and PNRA’s Outreach Program. Please bring your own chairs and snacks. All are invited and we would love to have you join us!

Small Boat Program

Hello Mercer Parents and Athletes,

This is a reminder that the Small Boat Sculling Program starts tomorrow July 30 at 5:30 AM.

Looking forward to sharing sculling with our athletes!