COVID-19 Update – Caspersen Rowing Center Programing Suspended

It is with great care and consideration we have made the decision to suspend all Mercer Rowing Program activity until Monday, March 23. This is effective immediately with no masters or junior rowing practices to take place at Caspersen Boathouse until Monday, March 23. We will re-assess the situation and send an update on Friday, March 20.

The Varsity Parents meeting scheduled for this Saturday has been postponed and tentatively re-scheduled for Saturday, March 21 with the Novice Parents meeting. We will confirm next week.

We are aware that many Mercer alumni as well as local prep schools are faced with their spring seasons being cancelled and are looking for a place to row/train. Unfortunately, at this time, PNRA/Mercer cannot accommodate these athletes.

We understand this is an incredibly stressful and difficult time but we are following closely the recommendations of local, state and federal entities. Brian Hughes has issued a State of Emergency in Mercer County and many college and major athletic events have been cancelled. All recommendations point to mitigation of this pandemic through social distancing.

Coaches will be sending workouts to the athletes as we fully intend to be back in action at some point this spring.

We will update as we have more information but please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Hilary Gehman                                                                     Kristopher Grudt
Director of Mercer Rowing Programs                             Executive Director
609-799-7100 x107                                                             609-799-7100 x100
202-236-9733 (cell)                                                            609-977-1094 (cell)

Princeton National Rowing Association

1 South Post Rd
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

Patagonia Orders – Mercer Athletes Only

Hi Everyone!

Order forms for the (optional) Mercer Patagonia gear are now available! These items are limited to current Mercer athletes (juniors and Masters) only – not for friends and family.

Forms can be printed HERE to complete your order.

Please note there are two pages, with the Total Price for the entire order included on the second page.


Checks can be made payable to Princeton National Rowing Association.

Late orders can not be accepted, nor can orders be submitted to Coach Jules without payment.

Please note that all Patagonia clothing is optional.

Please contact Coach Jules ( with any questions!

Mercer Gear Available to Order NOW

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

The store will be open for ONE WEEK ONLY – opening today, Wednesday 18 September and closing at 9pm on Wednesday 25 September.

You must submit your order within this time frame.

To access the team store follow the steps from Regatta Sport in the PDF here.

If you have any questions, please contact your team administrator: Coach Jules (

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!

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 ( 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!

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 ( 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  You can also follow via livestream from the event website  

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 ( 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


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.

If you have any questions please contact your team administrator:
Contact: Anna Kalfaian

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 ( and Coach Jamie ( 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!

Special Olympics of New Jersey Volunteer Opportunities

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are all staying cool in this weather and looking forward to enjoying the holiday tomorrow!

For the past few years, PNRA/Mercer has partnered with the Special Olympics of New Jersey to help them in running Camp Shriver. Camp Shriver is a 4 week program run by the SONJ focused on teaching new sports and making new friends to positively impact the lives of their athletes.

We are thrilled to have been asked back for another year, and will again be working with the SONJ athletes on Mondays. Camp Shriver is held at the SONJ main facility right off Princeton Pike by the 95 interchange in Lawrence, NJ, and the dates for camp with Mercer this summer will be July 9, 16, 23, and 30. For those of you who have not volunteered before, we run 5 20-25 minute sessions on the erg for the athletes during each session, focused on teaching proper technique and having fun. I need your help in making this possible! There are two sessions each day – 1-4pm and 5:30-8pm. Usually, junior athletes work the evening session and masters focus on the earlier session.

 If you are able to volunteer, please click the link below and sign up for as many days as you can! There are tabs for each day, so please ensure you sign up for all the days you are able. I will be reaching out to everyone who has signed up by Thursday to get ready for this Monday. This is a very rewarding experience and I encourage everyone to sign up for all 4 days if they can, as it helps them form a real bond with the athletes.

 Once again, thank you for your assistance and please email me with any questions! I hope to see many of you next Monday!


IDR Lineups, Schedule and More!

Good evening, Mercer Athletes, Masters, Parents.

IDR LINEUPS:  Please click HERE to find the tentative lineups for this weekend.  If there are any changes to these lineups, the athletes will be notified at practice, and you will be notified through the blog.  

As a reminder:  the IDR an away regatta in Philadelphia on the Schuykill River.  You will need to drive your athlete (unless he/she can drive themselves) to this event.  The drop-off location is Gillin Boathouse, St. Joseph’s University:  2200 Kelly Dr, Philadelphia.  You will need to print out a parking pass to enter the drop off zone on Kelly Drive.  The link for the pass, and any other information about this event can be found on the regatta website:HERE.  Your athlete will need to bring snacks and water, as there will be no food provided.  

There will be Mercer tent on Saturday near the Grandstand/finish line where parents can gather and cheer.  Feel free to bring snacks and drinks to share, or just come and enjoy the company!

We are looking forward to some exciting races this weekend!  

Please click on the appropriate link to Register


Independence Day Regatta Information

Hello, Mercer Parents and Rowers,

I hope everyone is having a fun summer so far!  Next weekend is the first regatta of the summer season:  the Independence Day Regatta on the Schuykill River in Philadelphia.  The event spans 3 days, with races on every day. The coaches will post the line-ups and schedule separately. Here is what you need to know:

Please drop your athletes off at the Gillin Boathouse, St Joseph’s University:  2200 Kelly Dr, Philadelphia.  Most phone apps recognize the location if you enter Gillin Boathouse.  It is NOT located on Boathouse Row, so please be sure to check before you get down there.   IMPORTANT NOTES: Philly closes down Kelly Drive, which is the road that runs along the course.  If you have not been to this regatta before, you should give yourself extra time to navigate the detours and crowds.  

Please send water and snacks with your athlete!  There is no planned food or drinks for them.

There will be a Mercer tent and table set up on Saturday, near the Grandstand and finish line (Gillin Boathouse is located near the start).  This will be an informal affair, a place for us all to gather and cheer for our team. In years past, parents have brought drinks, snacks, chairs.  There is no planned food, so it’s up to you whether you want to bring things to share.

Time trials and heats are on Friday, Semis and Finals on Saturday.  Time trials are races that set the boats up for the races on Saturday.  Results are posted by the Grandstand or on

IDR offers parking passes to display on your windshield so you can get through the barricades, drop your athlete off at the boathouse, and park farther down the course.  If parking along Kelly Drive is full, you will find additional parking up the hill from the course. The link for the parking pass:



Practice 6/18-22/18

Hello Parents and Athletes,

Due to a majority of our athletes still in school for snow days. We have adjusted the practice times for next week. Practice will be 3-5: 30 pm. If they’ll be here by 3:30 (because of school) don’t fill out the absent form for being late. Thank you for understanding


Coaching Staff

Schuylkill/Navy Update, No Junior Racing

Hello Mercer friends and family,

This weekend is the Schuylkill/Navy Regatta in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, there were no junior teams signed up for racing, and to pay for a regatta to only race ourselves doesn’t make much sense for our juniors. Coach Jamie and Coach Amanda have decided to cancel the junior participation in this event and instead focus on the Independence Day Regatta coming up at the end of the month.

If you know you CANNOT make the IDR please inform your coaches and fill out the absence form so they can start entering boats and lineups for this event. The more time we have to practice lineups the better the results will be! We are sorry to not have a race this weekend, but this also gives the team more time to adjust to our new teammates and lineups.

The Masters will still race at Schuylkill/Navy and Coach Matt will have the details for the races and boats later this week!


JL Team Store and JL Team Outerwear Has Arrived!!


The PNRA Mercer JL team store is now open!.

To place an order, you can go directly to the JL Team Store site through this link:  JL Team Store, or copy and paste the link into the address field of your browser. You can use your own credit card to order required team uniform items as well as training gear. In order to take advantage of the team pricing and shipping, you MUST get your order in by midnight (PST) on 5/30/2018. If you miss the store closing date, you will need to order your uniform as an individual, directly from JL.

Please make sure you receive a confirmation that your order has been placed – if you do not get the confirmation, double check your information and re-submit.

If you have any questions please contact your team administrator.

Contact: Amanda Klaiber-Short


Phone: 609-799-7100 ext. 106

Planned Delivery Date for Team Uniform & Casual Items: 7/10/2018

Planned Delivery Date for Team Outerwear Items: 7/20/2018


For those that are still waiting for Jl Orders from the Spring please talk to your coach tomorrow about them. Some of the orders have arrived.


Go Mercer!!!

Next Two Weeks

Hello MJRC/Mercer Parents,

I would first like to say congratulations to all the athletes who raced this past weekend. What a wonderful and exciting weekend we just had! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this regatta possible.  The last day of the Spring Season is this Friday, May 18. Please remember the Banquet is Tuesday, May 22! We look forward to seeing you there.

The Summer Season begins on Monday, May 21 for all athletes who are not attending Youth Nationals.  During the first few weeks of the Summer Season, we will have some programming changes. Mercer Lake is hosting the IRA Championships June 1-3, and some boats will still be training for Nationals.  

For the next two weeks, the schedule will be as follows:
May 21-27, 2018
Monday- Normal practice for everyone
Tuesday- OFF/ Banquet
Wednesday- Normal Practice
Thursday- Normal Practice
Friday- Normal Practice
Saturday- Only Youth Nationals Boats will practice (10:30-1:00)
Sunday- Only Youth Nationals Boats will practice (TBD)

May 28-June 1( Non- Youth Nationals Athletes)
Monday- Memorial Day -OFF
Tuesday- Practice since we took off on Monday
Wednesday- Normal Practice
Thursday-  OFF
Friday- OFF
Saturday – OFF
Sunday – OFF

May 28-June 3 ( Youth Nationals Crews)
Monday – Memorial Day – OFF
Tuesday- Practice since we took off on Monday
Wednesday- Practice at Carnegie Lake
Thursday – Practice at Carnegie Lake
Friday- Practice at Carnegie Lake
Saturday – Practice Carnegie Lake
Sunday – Practice at Carnegie Lake



Race Times for Saturday Have Changed!


Race times for Saturday have changed and are now earlier in the day! There were some last minute race cancelations and now the races have been shifted earlier. Hopefully this will not impact your schedule for the day too much, but please let your coach know if you have any issues with the updated times.

The spreadsheet from the previous blog has been updated with the new times. Please click HERE for the blog post with the spreadsheet.


Mercer Rowing 2018 Naming Opportunities

“Rowing changed my daughter’s life.”

                                   -mercer parent

How many times have you heard that sentiment echoed as you gather with others along the shoreline, waiting for that fleeting glimpse of your child’s boat?

MERCER-MERCER we cheer together. And in that moment, an unspoken bond, that you are a part of something special that changed not only your daughter or son’s life, but yours as well. Then at home later that night, your child’s elation at the results and the determination that they have more to give. You marvel at this newfound grit and dedication. You are profoundly grateful for finding this unique sport for your child.

If this story is familiar, might you want to consider leaving a lasting legacy to honor your experience at Mercer and pave the way for future rowers?

By sponsoring the purchase of new equipment, you can cement your place in Mercer history. In return for your sponsorship, you will be given boat naming honors, an indelible momento. The name is yours to choose. A favorite coach. Your child’s favorite expression. A family name. A poignant memory. A meaningful group accomplishment.

Please see the attached list for the range of naming opportunities. We would welcome a conversation about how you might individually, or with others, help us to ensure that this transformative experience is available to children and families for many years to come.

Thank you for your commitment to Mercer Rowing.


2018 Mercer Naming Opportunities.docx

Go Mercer!

The Mercer Rowing Advisory Committee

Kristin Appelget
Mary Agnes Brodowski
David Kuhlman
Stephen Parker
Jim Stoddard
Jamie Tanguay
Susan Voorhees

Picture Day and Clothing Updates

Hello Mercer friends and family!

Tomorrow, May 2nd, we will be taking team pictures at the boathouse before practice starts. Please wear your team’s UNIFORM whether that is a uni or white t-shirt and black spandex. If your 8th grader does not have a white Mercer shirt one will be provided for them!

This picture session will also include senior pictures, so if your senior knows which college they will be attending please bring a shirt (or hat) with that school’s name or logo on it. If they are still undecided, the Mercer uniform will be the alternative.

All clothing orders from Nike, Patagonia, and JL will be in by this Friday. Currently we have everything but the JL outerwear currently in the office. Please see Coach Amanda to pick up your gear!

We will also have a table out with all the Lost and Found items displayed. Please have your rower check the table even if they don’t think they are missing anything! We have an impressive collection of sweatshirts and trou that will be donated later this week if not claimed on Wednesday.

Let’s all enjoy this beautiful weather!


Clothing and Lost & Found

Hello mercer friends and family!

This is a friendly reminder that Patagonia orders must be handed in TODAY to Coach Amanda so we can get our order in before the weekend. Please attach a check or cash to the order form payable to ‘PNRA’. Novices are NOT required to buy any gear, varsity need a uni and a Nike travel polo.

Our JL website will also be closing TONIGHT! For more information on this order please see our earlier blog post HERE. We do not handle any part of the JL order so if you have questions on sizing or delivery please reach out to their customer service or find the ‘Sizing and Measurements’ page. They have great examples of sizes on their website!

The Nike order form is available today and will be due next Wednesday, April 4th! This is the order for sweatshirts, sweatpants, polos, hats, sports bras, and beanies. The payment method will be the same as for the Patagonia gear, check or cash brought in with the order form and turned in to Coach Amanda. The sizes are all normal EXCEPT THE WOMEN’S SWEATSHIRTS RUN ONE SIZE SMALL. I’m typically a ‘small’ but I have a ‘medium’ and it fits perfectly for example. All other clothing is standard sizing.

We have collected an impressive amount of Lost and Found items and will be donating the clothing next Tuesday, April 3rd. Please have your rower check the boxes in the erg room hallway to see if they can find any missing gear. The coaches go through it to make sure there aren’t any names on tags, so please encourage your rower to write their name (or at least initials) on the tag for a greater chance of the item being returned to the rightful owner.


Novice Parent Meeting, Bus, and Clothing Orders

Hello Mercer family and friends,

Fingers crossed that we are done with snow storms! We have our Novice Parent and 8th Grade Parent Meetings this Saturday at the Caspersen Rowing Center (1 South Post Road). The Novice meeting starts at 9 AM and the 8th grade meeting starts at 11 AM. If you are unable to make this meeting we are holding a ‘make-up’ meeting Tuesday, March 27th, at 6:15 PM (right after practice ends). If you cannot attend either meeting please reach out to Coach Amanda for the information you have missed at

We have a parent volunteer working on getting the bussing service running again. If you have any questions or are interested in the bus, please contact Freda Howard at  ASAP to reserve a spot on the new bus. Pick up now includes Montgomery so please reach out if you are interested!

Our Mercer JL store has opened! New Varsity need to purchase a uni and a Nike polo, novice and 8th grade do not need to purchase anything but we suggest buying a pair of trou from JL. The Nike and Patagonia order form will be handed out tomorrow and are both due next Thursday 3/29.

At the JL Team Store site, you can use your own credit card to order required team uniform items as well as training gear. Everyone MUST get their order in by midnight (PST) on 3/29/2018. If you miss the store closing date, you will need to order your uniform as an individual, directly from JL. For individual orders, pricing and shipping will be different than a team purchase.

Regarding checkout; Please pay special attention when inputting payment information at checkout. If the transaction does not lead you to a confirmation screen the order did not go through, please double check the information that you entered.

If you have any questions please contact your team administrator.
Contact: Amanda Klaiber-Short  Email:  Phone: 609-799-7100 ext. 106

Planned Delivery Date for Team Uniform & Casual Items: 4/27/2018  Planned Delivery Date for Team Outerwear Items: 5/11/2018   Be sure to check out the FAQ page and the sizing tab if you have any questions.


Practice Updates March 12-18, 2018

Hello PNRA/Mercer Parent,

We will be going back to the winter hours next week due to the weather forecast.

Varsity Girls
Monday: 5:30-7:45pm @ BH
Tuesday: OFF
Wednesday: People that have signed up for Cross-Fit: Go to Cross-Fit 6:30-8: 00 pm / People that did not do winter training  will come to the BH @ 3:45 and we will end at 5:45 pm
Thursday: 3:45-5:45pm @ BH
Friday:  5:30-7:45pm @ BH
Saturday: TBA
Sunday: TBA

Varsity Boys
Monday: 3:45-5:45pm @ BH
Tuesday: OFF
Wednesday: 3:45-5:45pm @ BH
Thursday: People that have signed up for Cross-Fit: Go to Cross-Fit 6:30-8: 00 pm / People that did not do winter training Meet at the BH@ 3:45 and we will end at 5:45 pm
Friday:  3:45-5:45pm@ BH
Saturday: TBA 
Sunday: TBA

Novice Girls & Boys
Tuesday:  Girls: 3:45-5:45pm ; Boys: – 5:45-7:45pm
Wednesday: Novice Girls: 5:45-7:45pm
Thursday: Novice Boys: 5:45-7:45pm
Sunday: TBA

8th Grade Development Team

The 8th Grade Development Team will be starting on March 19th.

Thank you for your understanding


Important Updates!

Hello Mercer Parents and Athletes,

We have some new information regarding the winter schedule and upcoming events for Mercer. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, February 13, the Girls Varsity Team will have Tuesdays off for the rest of the winter season. The varsity boys will continue to practice at their normally scheduled times.

We have a few more Tank Sessions over at Princeton University happening on March 4th and 18th (these sessions are optional for varsity rowers since they were not part of the winter training program.) The address for the boathouse is 70 Faculty Road, Princeton, NJ.

March 4th:

8-10 AM, Varsity Girls

10-Noon, Novices! 10-11 AM Boys, 11-Noon Girls (please arrive 10-15 minutes early to warm up)

March 18th (if we still need the tanks):

8-10 AM, Varsity Boys

10-Noon, Varsity Girls

Open Houses

Please send this link out to anyone interested in our rowing programs or promote it on any social media platform that you use! The more people who show up the larger our rowing community can grow! Here is the poster with all dates and times: RowingPoster2018

Mercer Indoor Row for the Cure

March 11th is the Mercer Indoor Row for the Cure! This event will be held at the Peddie School and all proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Novice and Varsity are both expected to row at this event which will begin at 9 AM. Please notify your coach if you are unable to attend!

Spring Registration is OPEN!

Novice rowers (new and returning from Fall) can sign up for the team and varsity rowers should sign up for tryouts. If you were in the 8th grade program this fall you received a link from the coaches for your priority registration, which closed 2/9. We are currently offering spots to the Fall waitlist, remaining spots will be opened to the public on March 1st. Please visit here on the website to find the correct links.

Lightweight Certification

If your child would like to row as a lightweight athlete this spring, they will need to have the Mercer Junior Rowing Lightweight Health Form to their respected coach by March 12 for the spring season. If the athlete doesn’t have the form in they will not be eligible to row as a lightweight for the spring season. 


Open House Sessions/Registration

Hello Mercer friends and family!

We are hosting rowing open house sessions at numerous libraries across central jersey. We’ve posted on The Patch, with the link HERE. Please send this link out to anyone interested or promote it on any social media platform that you use! The more people who show up the larger or rowing community can grow! Here is the poster with all dates and times: RowingPoster2018

We have the Mercer Row for the Cure on March 11th at the Peddie School. Rowers of all levels are encouraged to participate and register on their own HERE. The registration button is in the top right corner, proceeds will go to the Komen Foundation.

Spring registration is now OPEN! Novice rowers (new and returning from Fall) can sign up for the team and varsity rowers should sign up for tryouts. If you were in the 8th grade program this fall you received a link from the coaches for your priority registration, which closes tomorrow night 2/9. We will then offer spots to the Fall waitlist, and after any spots will be opened to the public on March 1st. Please visit the Registration/Forms tab on this website to find the correct links.

Stay warm and GO MERCER!

Virtual Team Challenge 2018!

Hello Mercer family and friends,

The rowing community welcomes the new year with the Virtual Team Challenge hosted by Concept 2, and the 2018 contest has begun. This challenge takes every meter erged in January and counts it towards PNRA/Mercer’s team total, comparing us to other teams around the world. Last year we placed 8th and we want to keep improving our standing (almost 400 teams are currently registered)! The challenge is for anyone who ergs or uses the Concept 2 bike, and every meter counts, whether it’s a paddle or a sprint.

To join the challenge and support PNRA, follow the simple steps below:

  1. Click HERE to sign up for a Concept 2 account or log into the one you already have
  2. Join our team, PNRA/Mercer
  3. Click HERE to get to the Virtual Team Challenge (right side of the page)
  4. Join the challenge by JANUARY 16TH! The rules ask that all meters rowed be logged by Friday of the week you rowed them. Avoid entering all your meters on January 31st

If you have any questions please ask your respective coaches for assistance.


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.


Tickets on sale now for rowing documentary Dare to Be

PNRA is thrilled to be hosting a screening of the rowing documentary Dare to Be at the Princeton Garden Theater on Sunday, December 17 at 10 a.m. There is limited seating so purchase your tickets soon! Tickets are $12 (with a $1 online processing fee) and can be purchased via the following link:

This is a great movie for all rowers – novice through elite! Click the link above for more information and a trailer for the movie.

Fall Fundraising Event – Last Call for Tickets

Last call to purchase tickets for the Fall Fundraising Event this Sunday at Topgolf in Edison, NJ. No golf experience necessary, and clubs are provided. Join Mercer athletes, parents and coaches to support the Boathouse Expansion Campaign.

Also, a reminder that we will be picking the raffle winner on Sunday for the “Boat of Cheer” (you do not need to be present to win). Parents, please remember to send ticket stubs and money or any unsold tickets with your athlete to drop off at practice by tomorrow, Friday, November 19. Please contact Hilary ( or 609-799-7100 x107) if you’d like more tickets.

And finally, please check out the silent auction items and place your bid! There are some hotly contested items and you don’t want to miss your chance to win. The auction will close at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday (you do not need to be present to win).

Go Mercer!

Final Week of Fall

Hello Mercer friends and family,

This is our last full week of the fall season and winter information has been posted previously in the blog. Winter registration is now OPEN, so please make sure your rower is registered and ready for our indoor season. This Friday, 11/17, will be the all boathouse clean up. Please encourage your rower to wear clothes that can get dirty and bring extra layers.

The Lost and Found will be donated at the end of the week so it can start over for a new season. Please check for any clothing and water bottles that you may have misplaced before we take it to Homefront! Any Mercer gear will be held so check with Coach Amanda if you cannot find a piece of Nike, Patagonia, or JL clothing. If you have ordered any Nike or Patagonia gear, all pieces are now available for pickup! Please see Coach Amanda before or after practice for pick up, and make sure you have sent a check for Patagonia gear with your rower.

Our expansion fundraiser is a few short days away! Rowers have been given raffle tickets to try and sell for our ‘Boat of Cheer’ worth $1000. Please return any leftover tickets by Friday to your respective coaches. You can still purchase tickets to the event at TopGolf here! Check out the silent auction items here.

Due to cold weather, the Frostbite and Braxton Regattas started with delays, but ended with numerous medals and great races from the Junior team!
Varsity Girls Frostbite-
Varsity 4+: 3 First place finishes in flights
Varsity 8+: 2 First place, 2 Second place, one Fifth place in flights

Varsity Boys Frostbite-
Varsity 4+: 3 First place finishes in flights
Varsity 8+: 2 First place, one Third place finish in flights

Varsity Girls Braxton-
Varsity 4+: 1st and 2nd overall
JV 4+: 3 First place finishes in flights
Varsity 8+: 1st and 3rd overall
JV 8+: 1st and 4th overall

Varsity Boys Braxton-
Varsity 4+: 5th and 6th overall
JV 4+: 2 First place, one 2nd place finish in flights
Varsity 8+: 3rd place overall
JV 8+: 1st and 2nd in flights

Novice Braxton-
Novice Boys 8+: 1N 5th overall, 2N 16th and 3N 24th out of 26 in heat
Novice Girls 4+: 1st in flight
Novice Girls 8+: Race canceled, but in scrimmage 1N went 7:48, 2N went 8:47, 3N went 9:21



Masters Program Informationan

Mercer Masters,

As we wrap up the Fall Season, it is time to start looking forward to the Winter, Spring and Summer seasons that are ahead of us. Included below is detailed information about the remainder of this year and plans for 2018. Please read everything below – I know it is lengthy, but this contains all the necessary information to help you plan through to August, 2018!


The Fall Boathouse Clean-up Day will be on the last day of fall practice, November 17, during the regular practice time. Wear clothes that can get dirty.

 WINTER 2017-2018 SEASON

Masters Pre-Winter Program

The Masters Pre-Winter training will run November 27 to December 19, 2017.

Pre-Winter training is open to competitive and development program participants.


Masters Winter Program

The Masters Winter Training Program will run from January 2, 2018 to March 3, 2018.

The Winter training program is open to competitive and development program participants.

Winter training this year will include both erg training and strength training. Over the past four years the juniors have worked with physical therapist and collegiate rower Kaitlin Jackson (see bio below) to supplement the aerobic training we do throughout the winter with endurance strength training. This year the Masters will also be working with Kaitlin. This program has been specifically designed and tailored by Kaitlin for rowers. Every exercise the group does will simulate/reinforce the movement patterns we use to move the boat, and each session will include dynamic warm-ups and post-workout stretching.   The erg sessions and strength training sessions will all take place at the boathouse.


Kaitlin Jackson Biography

  • Graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2008 (Bachelor of Science); rowed there from 2004-2008
  • Graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2011, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Assistant coach for the University of Pittsburgh Crew team, 2008-2011
  • PT for RWJUH Somerset Sports Physical Therapy (working primarily with athletic population); currently studying to become a board certified sports specialist (SCS), to be completed in March
  • CrossFit Endurance trainer (strength and conditioning for endurance athletes)
  • Certified running coach (utilizing pose running technique)
  • Utilizes sport-specific training, strength work and mobility/recovery techniques in own training as well as with athletes
  • Competes in distance triathlon events and has completed two Ironman races


Erging – Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Strength and Conditioning by Kaitlin Jackson – Tuesday and Thursday – Boathouse will not be open to erg on these days

Cost for Pre-Winter and  Winter 2017-2018

  • Pre Winter Training – $60.00
  • Winter Erg Training – $210-
  • Winter Strength Training – $150 – Strength and Conditioning (Paid directly to Kaitlin Jackson, payment details to follow)


Winter 2017-2018 Erg Racing


  •   February 4- Mainline Slide — Ardmore, PA
  •   TBA- Center City Slam- Philadelphia, PA
  •   February 17-18,2017 – World Indoor Rowing Championship – Alexandria, VA
  •   February 25- Crash B’s — Boston, MA
  •   March 11- Row for the Cure – Peddie School


To participate at Crash B’s and the World Indoor Rowing Championship, an athlete must compete in a previous indoor race during the season. Travel and event entry arrangements associated with the winter erg races is the responsibility of athletes interested in attending. If there are a significant number of athletes attending we will send coaching staff to assist.


Masters Mid-day Erg Cardio

January 2 – March 3, 2018

Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Time TBA



The Spring Season for all programs (Competitive and Development) will run from March 12, 2018 to June 8, 2018. **

**The spring season start date is subject to change subject to ice on the lake and other weather conditions.

Cost for Spring 2018

  •   Competitive – $490
  •   Development – $350



The Summer Season for all programs (Competitive and Development) will run from June 12, 2018 to August 5, 2018. **


Summer 2018 Race Schedule

  •   Schuylkill Navy – Philadelphia – June 16, 2018
  •   Independence Day Regatta – Philadelphia – June 29 – July 1, 2018
  •   Carnegie Lake –  Princeton, NJ – July 14, 2018
  • Diamond State Regatta- DE- July 22nd

Cost for Summer 2018

  •   Competitive-  $490
  •   Development – $350

Summer Sculling Sessions: TBA


The Fall Season for all programs (Competitive and Development) will run from August 27, 2018 to November 16, 2018.

Cost for Fall 2018

  •   Competitive-  $490
  •   Development – $350

Fall 2018 Race Schedule

  • Head of the Housatonic- Shelton, CT
  • Navy Day- Philadelphia, PA
  • Head of the Charles- Boston, MA
  • Head of the Fish- Saratoga, NY