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 (hgehman@rowpnra.org 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







Goodbye October, Hello November!

Hello Mercer Family and Friends,

October was an exciting month for PNRA/Mercer! The Head of the Halloween was a great opportunity for our rowers to get in boats and have a fun but competitive start to their weekend. We had NINE mixed line-up boats and two 8th grade boats head out on the water, with the results listed below:

  1. Sneikus- 18:16.1
  2. Weir- 18:20.6
  3. No Name- 18:28.7
  4. J-kow- 18:33.3
  5. Caspersen- 18:42.3
  6. G1- 18:57.6
  7. Merion- 19:07.3
  8. B2- 19:08.7
  9. B3- 19:26.7

There was an incredible spread of treats after the race and we cannot thank the parents who donated goods and helped serve enough!

The Head of the Schuylkill was a successful weekend for our Masters and Novice crews. The Masters came away with a 2nd place finish in the Women’s 60+ Veterans 4+ and a 3rd place finish in the 40-49 Women’s 4+. The other Masters boats performed well taking 5th in both the 50-59 Men’s and Women’s 4+, and 4th in the 27-39 Women’s 4+. It was a perfect, sunny day for racing! The novice had slightly drearier weather; it rained the entire time the rowers were at the course! The team handled the weather well and raced to a 5th and 20th place finish for the girls novice boats out of 43 entries. The boys novice boats placed 19th and 32nd out of a field of 53 boats.

We are still looking for volunteers for the Frostbite and Braxton regattas on Mercer Lake November 11-12. We need stake boat holders for every shift, and a few more launch drivers to fill out the empty slots. The link for the Frostbite is HERE and the Braxton link is HERE. Stake boating is a great way for novice rowers to see how the start of a race will look before they compete on Sunday!

Lastly, there are two Women’s National Team rowers in need of local family housing ASAP! If you are interested, or know someone who may be, please contact Hilary at hgehman@rowpnra.org.


Charles, Schuylkill, and Halloween!

Hello Mercer friends and family,

Mercer had an extremely exciting weekend at the Head of the Charles regatta in Boston! Our Varsity girls took home 5th and 13th out of 85 boats, and our Varsity boys placed 19th out of 85 boats, securing all 3 entries for next year. The Masters women’s 4+ came away from the course in 25th place and the Masters men’s 4+ finished 29th in hotly contested races. The weekend was a perfect example of the universal appeal of rowing across the US, with juniors, colleges, masters, and elite athletes coming together to try their hand at an incredibly difficult course. The sunny conditions made for speedy racing, with an astounding 34 new record times for the Charles!

This weekend our rowers will stay closer to home with the Head of the Halloween on Saturday and the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia. The Head of the Halloween will take place from 10 AM to 1 PM at Mercer Lake, and will be an Around The Lake (ATL) course in mixed boats. ALL athletes are encouraged to attend in costume (that won’t get in the way of rowing) and bring some snacks and cider to share. The Novice rowers who will be competing at the Schuylkill will not be racing but are encouraged to attend to join in on the fun!

Coach Zach and Coach Amanda are beyond excited to be able to bring four Novice boats to the Head of the Schuylkill for the second year in a row. Two boys and two girls boats will try their skill on this 4k course against over 40 other boats in their races! Parents are encouraged to drop off their rower and find the parent tent for a great vantage point along this historic river. Our Masters will be racing Saturday in a women’s 8+, three women’s 4+s, and a men’s 4+. They are looking to build upon their success at the Navy Day regatta held on the Schuylkill earlier this month! A small fee is associated with this race, so look for a registration link coming soon.

Come down to the boathouse or the Schuylkill to be apart of a fantastic weekend of racing!



One More Month of Fall Rowing!

Hello Mercer friends and family,

There will be NO PRACTICE this Friday and Sunday for all teams (10/20 and 10/22). Please look for instructions from your coach about alternate workouts for these days! Our coaching staff will largely be in Boston racing/coaching boats at the Head of the Charles, so check out the live stream for the weekend here.

This week, please encourage your rower(s) to check the lost and found box in the erg room. We will be donating the clothing to Home Front on Monday (10/23). The coaches are also finding numerous plastic water bottles around the boathouse after practices. We want to encourage rowers to bring reusable nalgenes or water bottles to practice with their names written on them to help prevent waste.

This weekend was a successful showing for the Masters Team at the Navy Day regatta! The women’s 8+ won their division and was the fastest Masters 8+ on the water the whole day! The women’s 4+ also won their division and was the second fastest 4+ of the day. Their next race will be at the Head of the Charles this weekend and will feature a women’s and men’s 4+. Good luck!

Patagonia orders will be accepted until Wednesday night so please see this blog post for a link to the order form! Our Nike gear should all be in by Friday, with the exception of the Men’s Medium polos (which will be shipping soon). Please remind your rower to pick up his/her gear!

TopGolf tickets are still available for our Fall Fundraiser Event. There will be auction items including private rowing lessons and even a Tuscan Villa! This event is November 19th, and proceeds will be going to our boathouse’s expansion.

PNRA will be hosting a screening of the documentary ‘Dare to Be’ on December 17th at 10 AM. All PNRA friends and family are encouraged to attend this event at the Princeton Garden Theater; tickets will be on sale soon! For more information on the film check out the website.


Head of The Charles Trip Information

Hello, Mercer Varsity Athletes and Parents,

We are looking forward to the second regatta of the season.  The Head of the Charles (www.hocr.org) is a Varsity-only regatta scheduled for Sunday, October 22, in Boston, MA.  This regatta is by invitation only, and this year we are sending the Boys V8, the Girls V8 and 2V8, the Men’s Masters 4+, and the Women’s Masters 4+.  The coaches have posted the lineups.  The current tentative schedule is as follows:

10:29am Men’s Senior Masters 4+
10:47am Women’s Senior Masters 4+

10:06am Women’s Youth 8+ (both entries)
12:45pm Men’s Youth 8+


Travel Plans:
We are departing from the boathouse at 5:30 am Friday, October 20.  Athletes should arrive at the boathouse 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 22, some time in the evening.  

We will be traveling in 3 vans, with 4 chaperones (an extra one to be at the course with the athletes while the vans are being parked offsite).  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.  If you have not yet filled out and signed a Travel Guidelines and Expectations form, please do so and have your athlete return the form to his/her coach by Monday, October 16th.  The link for the form is  here..

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.


The following meals will be provided:

Lunch Friday, October 20
Dinner Friday, October 20 (choice by boat)
Breakfast Saturday, October 21 (full breakfast at the Hotel)
Dinner Saturday, October 21 (Bertucci’s, an annual tradition)
Breakfast Sunday, October 22 (full breakfast at the Hotel)
Lunch Sunday (at the course)
NOTE: Lunch on Saturday will be at the course.  Athletes will purchase their own.  
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.  *****

Coaches’ Travel Note:
The Head of Charles is a unique event.  It is very hard to obtain an entry through the open lottery system.  The only way to avoid the lottery and guarantee an entry for the next year is to finish in the top half of your event.  In 2017, for the third time in the history of the club, Mercer has three guaranteed entries.  The second unique aspect of the Charles is that it is an incredibly difficult course to navigate for a coxswain.  There are a couple of extreme turns, six bridges, and many boats to pass along the way.  Therefore, we want to make sure our coxswains are prepared.  We want to ensure that we have best possible chance of finishing in the top half of each race, so future Mercer rowers have the opportunity to participate at this great event.  We believe it is crucial for us to have the ability to get athletes out on the course for a row on Friday, and have our coxswains attend the coxswains clinic on Saturday, as it will help them be relaxed and prepared for the race on Sunday.

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

Coach Justin
Coach Matt

Go, Mercer!

Race Results and Gear Updates!

Hello Mercer friends and family!

Our Varsity and Master’s Teams had great showings at the Head of the Housatonic this last weekend! Some of the highlights include a 1st/2nd finish for our girls’ 2V boats, a close 4th place to our girls’ 1V, and a strong 6th place finish for the boys’ 1V. There will be an additional blog post about the lineups for our next race, the Head of the Charles, coming soon!

Coach Zach and Coach Amanda have decided they will be taking two novice 8s each to the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, October 29th. They are impressed with the novices’ progress and can’t wait to see their boats in action during this huge race! Both events have over 40 novice boats entered at this time.

Most of our Nike gear has been delivered! Please see Coach Amanda before or after practice to pick up what you ordered. We are still waiting for our men’s MEDIUM pants, women’s MEDIUM sweatshirts, and women’s SMALL pants to be delivered, but they are expected soon. If you ordered anything from JL they will be shipping our team order at the end of October.

Our next gear order will be Patagonia! These items are great as gifts for the holidays (which are fast approaching!) and will be in before our winter break December 20th. The Patagonia order form is a google document that can be found at this LINK.
Please turn in the orders by WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18th! No late orders will be accepted.

This weekend is our Octoberfest celebration! This is a 21+ event and dinner will be provided. Feel free to bring your favorite adult beverage! Keep in mind our fundraiser at Top Golf, November 19th, tickets are limited.

Mercer is off to a great start this Fall!


Tentative Lineups and Times for Head of the Housatonic

Good Evening Everyone,

Below you will find the tentative lineups for the race this weekend. You will also notice we have a few athletes who are still incompliant for the regatta Please handle all of the complaint issues by tomorrow 10/3/17. The link to register will be up tomorrow AM.

Event 15: 8+ Junior 2V Men (2nd 8+) 9:40 AM
Entry A: Kira Sung, John Mongelli, Grant Smith, Alexander Fradkin, Aiden Sarafin, Brian Radvany, Alexander Brodowski, Andrei Dumitriu, Chase Panfili
Event 16: 8+ Masters Women 9:50 AM
Entry A: Annie Huber, Cassandra Cohen, Natasha Gajewski, Ellen Tormey, Cheryl Baldino, Terri Gruber McDonough, Rebecca Findlay, Sharon Waters, Kristin Appelget
Event 26: 4+ Masters Men 11:20 AM
Entry A: Madeleine Peel, Charles Gilbert, Michael Vaccaro, David Potts, Miles Truesdell
Event 30: 8+ Junior 2V Women (2nd 8+) 11:30 AM
Entry A: Lauren Preston, Eveline Enthoven, Chloe Couillens, Erin Dobbs, Jacqueline Armetta, Morgan Linsley, Catherine Vinch-Buck, Julia Berdzik, Sophie Craver
Entry B: Helena Wolk, Nathalie VERLINDE, Maheera Bawa, Olivia Andersen, Kristen Harkins, Erin Heyeck, Caroline Gibson, Catherine Dyevich, Sylvie Tuder
Event 33: 8+ Junior 1V Men (1st 8+) 1:45 PM
Entry A: Annie Huber, Pavel Zhelnin, Brady Stergion, Herbert De Cokere, Eli Kalfaian, Jack Gallagher, Evan Kinter, Leon Deng, Dana Gajewski
Event 42: 4+ Masters Women 2:30 PM
Entry A: Lauren Preston, Terri Gruber McDonough, Rebecca Findlay, Cassandra Cohen, Kristin Appelget
Event 47: 8+ Junior 1V Women (1st 8+) 3:10PM
Entry A: Madeleine Peel, Sara Hansen, Mia Barkenbush, Kieran Wild, Bridget Parker, Emmanuelle Adamson, Elyssa Aronson, Sarah Closser, Katryna Niva

Compliance Due Tomorrow, 10/3/17
Alexander Brodowski “Expired USRowing Membership USRowing Waiver Missing”
Rebecca Findlay “No Membership USRowing Waiver Missing”
David Potts “ExpiredUSRowing Membership, USRowing Waiver Missin”
Erin Dobbs USRowing Waiver Missing
Elyssa Aronson “No Membership, USRowing Waiver Missing”
Sara Hansen “Expired USRowing Membership, USRowing Waiver Missing”

September Wrap-up and October Outlook

Hello Mercer families and friends!


With September in the rearview, our teams are turning their attention to the races ahead in October. This weekend will mark the beginning of head race season with 5 varsity boats competing at Head of the Housatonic, in Connecticut. More information about this race has been posted in a previous blog post. Many of our upperclassmen have been taking official visits to colleges, and we look forward to seeing where our seniors will be going next fall!

Our novice squads have been amping up their workouts and completing rigorous erg testing. The novice girls completed a 4k last week and the novice boys finished a 5k last Thursday, not an easy feat! Coach Amanda and Zach are very impressed with the progress they’ve  seen in the novice so far and are looking forward to racing.

Our 8th graders are getting comfortable in the barge and in the octuple, hammering away at both sweeping and sculling. The 8th graders will be participating in the Head of the Halloween, so start working on costumes that won’t get stuck in the sliding boat seats!

Our Masters program gained four new rowers this fall after successful summer Learn to Scull programs. The men’s 4+, women’s 8+, and 4+ will be racing at the Head of the Housatonic this weekend and looking to improve their strong finishes from last year. Their sites are also set on their men’s and women’s 4+s that will be competing at the Head of the Charles, with our men receiving a last-minute bid that they will hope to defend for next year. The women’s 4+ secured a bid last year by less than .2 seconds, so you can imagine how tough this race can be and the excitement over a great finish!

We have lots of events coming up in October:

October 4th @ 6:30 PM- College Night!

  • Hilary Gehman will provide athletes with a roadmap to rowing in college. Although this event is geared toward juniors, all grades are welcome to attend.

October 6-7th– Head of the Housatonic

  • 3 girls varsity and 2 boys varsity boats will compete at this increasingly popular head race in Shelton, CT. Lineups will be posted after practice today, October, 2nd.

October 7-8th– Small Boat Challenge

  • A great opportunity to volunteer and see the sport up close! This race is open to collegiate, juniors, and masters rowers.

October 14th @ 6 PM- Octoberfest

  • This 21+ event is a great way to mingle with other Mercer families, dinner provided. Tickets can be bought here:

October 20-22nd– Head of the Charles Regatta

  • One of largest race in America, held annually in Boston, is the premier head race for rowers of all ages. 2 girls 8+s, a boys 8+, and a women’s masters 4+ will compete at this exciting venue where only the top half of boats in each event have a secure spot for next year’s race.

October 28th @ 10 AM to 1 PM- Head of the Halloween

  • This intra-squad race will mix up athletes from every team as they complete an “Around the Lake” course on Mercer Lake. Costumes are encouraged and snacks will be provided after racing.

October 29th– Head of the Schuylkill

  • Masters and Novice rowers (selected boats will be announced) will compete in this head race in Philadelphia. This is a great event for spectators and will give the novice boats their first taste of competition.

Thanks for reading!



PNRA Fall Events: Sign up Today!

We have some exciting fall events coming up, don’t wait to sign up!

First, Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. This is a chance to relax and meet other Mercer families at the boathouse. Dinner will be provided, you just need to bring a beverage! Tickets are on sale here (click link).

Second, the Fall Fundraising Event at Topgolf will take place on Sunday, November 19 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There are a limited number of tickets available for purchase. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Click here to purchase tickets. Click below for more information on the event.

PNRA Fall Fundraising Event FLYER

Fall Clothing Order


The Fall clothing orders are currently open! The JL store link is below:


At the JL Team Store site, you can use your own credit card to order required team uniform items as well as training gear. The Novice do not need any item from JL, but the Varsity rowers need a uni. Everyone MUST get their order in by midnight (PST) on 9/19/2017. 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. Be sure to check out the FAQ page and the sizing tab if you have any questions regarding sizing and custom measurements.

If you have any questions please contact:
Amanda Klaiber-Short
Email:  aklaibershort@rowpnra.org
Phone: 609-799-7100 ext. 106
Planned delivery for Team Order: 11/3/2017

We are also offering a Nike order that will be due SEPTEMBER 16TH! We will not be accepting late orders. Please check the PDF below to see what we have this fall. *Nike sizing is fairly standard but the sweatpants (M & W) run long and the women’s sweatshirts run small.* For example, I am a women’s small 99% of the time and I fit into a medium sweatshirt perfectly. If you aren’t sure ask a teammate who may have the size you are considering. The colors on the PDF DO NOT reflect the colors we are getting, the actual colors are in the item descriptions. Varsity need a “game day polo” but Novice are not required to purchase anything.



Coach Amanda

Boathouse Usage

Good afternoon Mercer Junior Parents and Athletes,


This is just a friendly reminder that the boathouse is closed to all Junior athletes. If you are working the camp you are only allowed to use the boathouse for your camp counseling purposes only. The boathouse is still open for all Mercer Alumni.

Thank you for your understanding,

Coach Justin


2017 Club Nationals

Mercer Parents,

Our goal for this Summer Season was to include Club Nationals for all our athletes.  Unfortunately, we are only able to send a limited number of boats to this regatta.  There are several factors we have had to consider, but the main one is that we do not have enough coxswains who are available for the full length of the trip (the team will leave from the Boathouse on July 10 and return July 16.

We appreciate that this will be disappointing news to many athletes.  We are looking into another racing opportunity this summer for the athletes who are unable to compete in Ohio.

The coaches will be doing selection next week to determine the roster for Club Nationals.  If your athlete is unable to compete at this event, please have him/her let the coaches know by 5pm, Tuesday, July 4th.  We appreciate your letting them know so that they may set the line-ups as soon as possible, and can complete the planning for the trip.  We expect the fee for this trip to be $900-1,000/athlete.

With kind regards,

Justin Ochal
Program Director, Mercer Rowing


PNRA/Mercer Alumni

Hello PNRA/Mercer Alumni,

The boathouse will be open for your use this summer free of charge.

The hours you are able to use the workout space will be 5:30-7:00AM, 1:00-3:00PM and 6:00-8:00PM. If you plan to use the erg room this summer, please check in first with Coach Ochal to sign a wavier form.

If you would like to row on the water you will have to join one of our programs that we are offering this summer.



IDR Information

Hello, Mercer Parents,

This weekend is the first regatta of the summer:  the IDR in Philadelphia.  The event spans 2 days, with time trials on Friday, and races on Saturday.  Mercer has entered boats in both the U17 and U19 categories.  The coaches will post the line-ups shortly.  Here is what you need to know:

The Independence Day Regatta (IDR) is an “away” regatta on the Schuykill River in Philadelphia.  The City closes down Kelly Drive, which is the road that runs along the River on one side (fun fact:  Kelly Dr is named for Grace Kelly’s father).  Also, as it is 4th of July weekend in Philadelphia – the area will be particularly crowded.  This means you need to plan travel time accordingly.

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.   Please send water and snacks with your athlete!

We will have a Mercer tent set up on Saturday, farther down the course near the Grandstand.  The athletes will be up near the start; parents will be down near the finish.  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.  Time trials are races that set the boats up for semi- finals on Saturday.  Not every boat that races on Friday will advance to the Saturday races.  They are set up in Heats, so they do race against other boats, as opposed to against the clock.  The finals are on Saturday.  Results are posted by the Grandstand or on www.regattacentral.com.

Where to park?  IDR offers parking passes to display on your windshield so you can park farther down the course near the Grandstand and beyond.  The pass allows you to get through the police barricades at either end of the course on Kelly Dr, which is useful when you are dropping off your athletes (the drop off point is inside the barricaded area).  In addition, many park up the hill from the course and walk down.  The passes are on the regatta website:  www.independencedayregatta.com.  Most of this is pretty self-explanatory when you get to the site, but feel free to give me a call if it looks confusing (it was to me my first time):  Jen cell (202) 360-8683.  

If your LAST NAME begins with A-M, please send a case of water or Gatorade to share with the team.

If your LAST NAME begins with N-Z, please send a box of Clif bars or a few servings of fruit (bag of apples, bunch of bananas) to share with the team.

PLEASE NOTE:  Because the athletes have varying race schedules and times that they need to be at the course, they should each bring whatever food (including lunch) he or she would like for the day.


Independence Day Regatta Travel Roster


Summer is under way and we are getting ready for our first summer regatta in Philadelphia from June 30th to July 2nd! This 3-day race will be packed with events so please keep your schedules open. The official schedule and additional information can be found here. Line ups will be posted early next week.

Below is the travel roster of all the rowers who will be competing at this event. If you cannot make it or have a scheduling conflict let your coaches know ASAP!


Boys Team
Lily Rooney
Ben Kioko
Andrei Dumitriu
Jack Mongeli
Dylan Costanzo
Sachin Patel
Thomas Closser
Preston Horoszeski
Brady Stergion
Leon Deng
AJ Fessler
Annie Huber*
Evan Kinter
Brian Radvany
Hutch Collins
Wenbo Li
Conor Knott
Herbert De Cokere
Derek Piccinich
Chris Walton
Carrie Malatesta*
Aiden Sarafin
Pavel Zhelin
Alex Gosek
Jake Bouldin
Spencer Stengel
Moe Delye
Alex Fradkin
Kira Sung*

Girls Team
Natalie Dee
Fiona Hitesman
Elizabeth Forrey
Bella Jaffe
Elyse Szych
Amelia Emison
Amy Garry
Nathalie Verlinde
Ava Wisnoski
Riley Gorman
Olivia Anderson
Hannah Szych
Emaan Anwar
Kendall Levine
Sunny Hu
Nora Hogan
Chloe Couillens
Alexa Sands
Catie VB
Morgan Linsley
Sophie Craver
Eveline Enthoven
Jackie Armetta
Helena Wolk
Sara Hansen
Haley Uliasz
Jackie Armetta
Caroline Galati
Erin Dobbs
Caroline Friedman
Taylor Veirling
Audrey Bush
Lauren Preston
Morgan Linsley
Julia Berdzik
Maddy Peel
Abby McAleer


JL Summer Store Now OPEN!


Our JL store is now open! If you are a varsity rower you NEED to have a Uni, if you are a novice we SUGGEST investing in a pair or two of trough. Back by popular demand we have added the Splash Jackets! For our masters we have the ‘curvy’ tank option added to the store.

If you need help with sizing check their sizing guide online, it is next to the shopping tab at the top of the page.


At the JL Team Store site, you use your own credit card to order, so all transactions will take place on the site. Everyone MUST get their order in by midnight (PST) on 6/7/2017. 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:  aklaibershort@rowpnra.org
Phone: 609-799-7100 ext. 106

Planned delivery for Team Order: 7/14/2017


Mercer End of Season Banquet!

Mercer Families,

Please join us to celebrate the Mercer Juniors and all their accomplishments this season! All families are invited to attend the Mercer Banquet on May 16th at 6pm. Please register ASAP!!!

When: May 16th – 6pm
Where: Hamilton Manor (30 Route 156, Hamilton Township, NJ 08620)
RSVP: $38 per person – Register here!
Attire: Business casual

We look forward to seeing you there!

Mercer Banquet 2017


Nike Gear and JL


If you ordered JL gear, the outerwear has come in and is ready to head home! Also, Nike gear has come in as well! If you ordered a Men’s Medium hoodie, Women’s XS pant, or Nike hat, these items are currently backordered and should ship in the next month.

We’re sorry for the delay! We will get your gear to you as soon as we can.

Also, we will be opening up another JL order soon for the summer season. Please keep your eyes out for another blog post with the link.


Weekend Reminders


Even though we have coaches and athletes leaving for Saratoga tomorrow we will still be running normal practices Friday and this weekend. The only change is *Sunday’s practice is OPTIONAL for varsity boys*. All other practices will be the same!

Nike gear is in! The final sweatshirts and sweatpants should be in by Monday so please check in with Coach Amanda for your gear. If you ordered JL outerwear the expected delivery date is May 2nd!

A final reminder to the athletes going to Saratoga to be at the boathouse by 3:45 so we can get wheels rolling by 4:15. Please bring a meal with you in the vans as we will only be stopping for a bathroom break and not a dinner break on the trip up.

Important things to remember if you are going to Saratoga:
-Uni/Mercer shirt
-Homework! (AP test season is upon us)
-Reusable water bottle
Please write your name/initials on ALL your gear to avoid confusion!


This Week at MERCER

Good Morning Parents and Athletes,

First, I would like to thank all of  those who volunteered this past weekend. Without your help and dedication to the Mercer Rowing Program, we wouldn’t be able to run such a great regatta this past weekend!!!

Just want to cover a few things that will be happening at the boathouse this week.

  1. Lost and Found will be donated on Wednesday, April 26th. Please have your child check to see if they are missing clothes. We also have a good collection of non-disposable water bottles. If your child is missing their water bottle please have them claim it.
  2. We will have our team pictures on Thursday, April 27th. Please have your child’s uniform ready for the picture. Novice will wear their Mercer t shirt; Varsity will wear their uni for the picture. In addition, we will take a senior college picture. Seniors, please bring a t-shirt or sweatshirt of the college you will be attending next year.
  3. Saratoga information will be posted tonight.


GO MERCER !!!!!!!



Nike Gear Order Form


The spring Nike gear order is now open! Click on the attachment below to find the form. Please note that this form must be printed, filled out, and then turned into Coach Amanda with a check for the full amount attached by MARCH 31ST! The colors of items in the pictures are not accurate so please read the item description for the correct colors.

This season we added sweatpants that go with our sweatshirts. They will be black and are cut longer than a normal pair of sweats, so please keep this in mind when ordering. I have also included a size chart to help. If you need further help with the size/fit please ask!


See you at practice! GO MECRER!


The Caspersen Rowing Center Is Open

Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
The Caspersen Rowing Center is open for today. There are icy spots on the access road and in the parking lot, so drivers are asked to drive with extreme care.

Due to the weather and indoor capacity constraints, the Varsity Girls Team will practice 3:45pm-5:45pm and the Varsity Boys Team will practice 5:45pm-7:45pm.

Masters will resume normal practice on Thursday, March 16, 2017

Snow Storm Closure – March 14, 2017

Due to the forecasted snow storm, PNRA and the Caspersen Rowing Center will be closed on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. All activities and practices scheduled for Tuesday are cancelled. Athletes are encouraged to check with their coaches for alternative workouts.

The Caspersen Rowing Center will resume normal operations and practices on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.



We apologize for the later timing, we had some hang ups on getting the store open.

The PNRA Mercer team store is now OPEN. At the JL Team Store site, you can use your own credit card to order required team uniform items as well as training gear. Varsity need a team uni, we suggest the novice order a pair of trou (though this is optional), and the masters need the racing tank. Everyone MUST get their order in by midnight (PST) on 3/14/2017. 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.

There is information on the site to help you place your order. Click on this link or copy and paste it into the address field of your browser:


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. The whole shipment will be delivered to PNRA and distributed through Coach Amanda.

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

Planned delivery for team kit: 4/17/2017

Planned Delivery for Outerwear: 4/28/2017

Thanks for your patience, GO MERCER!

JL Store Opening Soon, Practice Schedule Updates


Our JL Store will open soon! The shipping time is about 5-6 weeks so we should have our gear in before the Mercer Sprints in April. Varsity athletes need to have a “uni” to race in and we suggest our novice athletes purchase a pair of “trou” to race in. Novice are not required to purchase any gear, and the only item varsity needs is the unisuit. Late orders will delay our shipment so please order in the time frame provided.

The Varsity Spring practice schedule has been confirmed. They will practice Saturday from 10:30 AM-1 PM and Sunday from 7-10 AM. Tuesdays are now OFF for all varsity rowers.

Novice practice will be held this Saturday (3/4) from 8:30-10:30. This is the last practice of the Winter season for our novice rowers. We will be having OPTIONAL practices for novice rowers before spring season starts. These are open to all novice currently signed up for spring.

Boys: March 7th, 6-8 PM. This date is set. March 9th and 15th, 6-8 PM. These dates are tentative and weather permitting.

Girls: March 14th, 6-8 PM. This date is set. March 8th and 16th, 6-8 PM. These dates are tentative and weather permitting.

We will update the schedule at the beginning of each week once we know what the weather forecast will be. This is a great way to get some strokes in before the season starts!

We made it through the winter! GO MERCER!

Important Information! Please Read!


We are only 5 days away from the Mercer Indoor Row for the Cure! If you have not signed up for this event yet you can do so by clicking here. If you are unable to participate but want to donate to the cause please click here.

We have another Rowing Open House/Information Session coming up this Saturday from 2-4 at the Robbinsville Public Library. If you live in the area and want to show some support, come on by and help PNRA reach out into the community! Below is the updated poster so feel free to print it out and hang it around your town! A big THANK YOU to parents and rowers who have come out so far, let’s keep the momentum going!

Spring registration is now OPEN! Please make note of the updated Varsity schedule for Spring.

*Varsity Girls will start the new schedule Monday, February 27th. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 3:45-6:15. Saturday and Sunday: TBA. Tuesdays are off.

*Varsity Boys will start the new schedule Monday, March 6th. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 3:45-6:15. Saturday and Sunday: TBA. Tuesdays are off.

Look for our JL Gear Store soon! We will send out an update when the store is officially open, hopefully later this week. New varsity rowers will need to order a Uni, and we recommend Novice rowers purchasing a pair of racing trou (rowing spandex shorts).

We still have ergs available for purchase! They are $450 and can be easily transported in any vehicle. We also have a incline bench for sale for $100. This is a larger piece of equipment, so a larger vehicle would be needed to transport it.

That’s all for now! GO MERCER!

RowingOpenHouse Poster

Mercer Indoor Row for the Cure and More…


The Mercer Indoor Row for the Cure will be held February 26th starting at 9 AM. The event list and more specific times are located at Regatta Central. All novice, masters, and varsity teams are able to compete and can sign up here. If you cannot compete and wish to donate to the cause, please click here! Thank you in advance for your participation and support!

Some housekeeping items:

To the parents and families of athletes competing in Saratoga later this spring: there are extra hotel rooms available in the current block of rooms! The Queensbury Hotel has rooms available for $89 per night. Anyone interested can contact the hotel’s Sales Manager, Tom Sullivan, directly at (518) 792-1121 ext. 147 or tsullivan@thequeesndburyhotel.com and mention PNRA/Mercer.

Spring registration is now open! The link on our page will take you to Regatta Central and you will be able to finish the process on their website. Varsity practice will start March 6th and Novice practice will start March 20th.

We have a few more ergs for sale! The price is $450 per erg and they can be taken apart into two reasonably sized pieces for easy transport.

Stay warm and GO MERCER!

New Years Update!

Hello and Happy New Year!

We hope you had a warm and safe holiday break! Here are a few updates for the new year and the rest of winter season.

*Junior practice resumes TODAY, January 2nd, for the varsity team. Masters practice will begin tomorrow morning (1/3), and Novice practice starts Wednesday (1/4).*

*Remaining Patagonia orders can be picked up any time from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. Pick up will be from 12 PM to 8 PM Wednesday and Thursday. Please have payment ready or already turned in at time of pickup.*

*Concept 2 has started their 2017 Virtual Team Challenge! This event will run the entire month of January and is a great way to start the year off. Last year PNRA was ranked 20th in the WORLD for total meters rowed! All PNRA rowers must be signed up by January 16th, and all workouts done on an erg count. Parents and alumni are welcome to join. Here are the instructions for signing up:

  1. Go to log.concept2.com and click Sign Up on the right hand side of the page.
  2. Enter your information and create an account.
  3. Once your account is created find the Teams tab at the top of the page.
  4. Type in PNRA in the Find Teams box and PNRA/Mercer should come up. Click and now you’re part of the team!
  5. Last step. On the right side of the Teams page there will be a “Virtual Team Challenge” box. Inside will be a button to join the challenge. Click and remember to log your workouts throughout the month!*

*Mark your calendars for our first Row for the Cure Event! This indoor erg challenge will be February 26th at the Peddie School. Sign up is done individually through Regatta Central. All levels of rowers are welcome! Look for more information in the coming weeks.*


Patagonia Pick Up


The Patagonia order will be ready for pick up THURSDAY DECEMBER 22ND from 2-7 PM. Our junior teams do not have practice this week but the boathouse will be open for the clothing pick up. If you placed an order please bring a check or cash for the full payment. There will be a copy of your order form available in case you need a reminder of your full order and price.

Thank you for your patience! If you have any questions please contact Amanda at aklaibershort@rowpnra.org

Happy Holidays and GO MERCER!