PNRA/Mercer Hires Sarah Trowbridge as Junior Women’s Varsity Head Coach

Sarah Trowbridge, a 6 time national team member and 2012 Olympian, will be the next Mercer Junior Women’s Varsity Head Coach. Trowbridge will replace Matt Carlsen who accepted an Assistant Coach position with the Duke University women’s rowing team.

“I’m very excited to join the Mercer Juniors’ coaching staff and to contribute to such a long standing successful program,” said Trowbridge. “The combination of an excited and passionate group of athletes, an engaged community of families, and the supportive staff, make me thrilled to work with this team!”

Trowbridge has an extensive coaching career spanning the last 15 years which includes collegiate positions with Georgetown University (Lightweight Women’s Assistant Coach), Yale University (Women’s Assistant Coach) and most recently the Head Women’s Coach at the University of San Diego. Trowbridge was the Elite Program Head Coach at Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia as well the coach of the US Women’s Lightweight Double (bronze medal, 2019 World Championships) and US Women’s Double (6th place at the 2016 Rio Olympics, bronze and silver medals respectively at the 2018 and 2019 World Championships). As a member of 6 senior national teams, Trowbridge has won medals in both sculling and sweep at World Championship events.

Mercer Rowing Program Director, Hilary Gehman stated: “I am so pleased to welcome Sarah to the Mercer coaching staff. She is one of the most well respected coaches in the country and we are extremely lucky to have her join the Mercer community. Her competitive success as an athlete and coach are impressive credentials, but her passion for the sport and for developing each athlete to their potential is what makes Sarah truly stand out. She will be a tremendous asset to the Mercer Junior program.”

Trowbridge graduated from the University of Michigan and currently resides in Rocky Hill with her husband, Bryan Volpenhein and their two children.

New Jersey Governor Murphy Declares June 23 Olympic Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The PNRA Board of Directors

Caspersen Rowing Center COVID-19 Update – May 7, 2020

With Executive Order 133, Governor Murphy opened up County Parks for passive recreation, including boating on Mercer Lake.

The Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA) working with the Mercer County Park Commission developed the regulations listed below in order to facilitate the use of Mercer Lake by rowers.

To ensure the safe use of Mercer Lake by rowers who may be able to rower under these regulations, PNRA will have safety launches on the Mercer Lake during the following time periods:

Monday-Friday 3:30-6:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 8:30-11:00 a.m.

While there will be safety launches on the water, per Governor Murphy’s order the facilities at the Caspersen Rowing Center, including bathrooms and locker rooms will remain closed. Also there can no coaching or organized practices or racing on the lake.

PNRA has limited outdoor boat rack storage available. The rack storage fees for use of the racks are $25/month if the person is enrolled in a Mercer program, and $50/month if they are not. If you are interested, please contact Kris Grudt (krisgrudt@rowpnra.org).

PNRA is offering virtual training sessions for both Juniors and Masters. For more information please contact Hilary Gehman (hgehman@rowpnra.org).

People utilizing the above training hours are asked to consider making a donation to PNRA to help offset the costs of having the safety launch on the water. PNRA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Regulations for Rowers Using Mercer Lake Under New Jersey Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 133 Opening State and Local Parks

All activities in Mercer County Park, including in and around the Caspersen Rowing Center and Mercer Lake shall follow the restrictions as described in Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 133 and all rules and regulations imposed by Mercer County and/or the Mercer County Park Commission.

Subject to the above, the following governs rowing activities at the Caspersen Rowing Center and Mercer Lake:
1. Until further notice, the building at the Caspersen Rowing Center remains closed to the public and athletes. This includes the bathrooms, locker rooms, workout facilities, boat bays and offices.

2. Rowers are allowed to use the docks provided the following requirements are met:
a. Employees, visitors and rowers should wear cloth face coverings while in settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age. This includes the parking lot and boathouse aprons, the docks and boat storage areas;
b. Employees, visitors and rowers must practice social distancing and stay six feet apart whenever practicable, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners;
c. The parking lot shall be limited to 50% of maximum capacity at the same time;
d. Gatherings of individuals are prohibited;
e. The only boats allowed are singles 1x or pair/doubles (2-/2x). Pair/Doubles can only be rowed when the both parties in the pair/double are an individual’s immediate family member, caretaker, household member or romantic partners. No shared or rented boats or equipment shall be used;
f. The boats and equipment used during rowing and on land must the personal property of the individual(s) using the equipment and must be used exclusively by that individual(s);
g. No more than 4 people are on a rowing boat dock at one time;
h. No organized practice or activities are allowed; and
i. High touch areas are frequently sanitized.

3. A motor launch may be on the lake at the same time as the rowers, provided:
a. The launch is for monitoring, safety and rescue only – NO Coaching;
b. No more than two people can occupy the launch at any time and the occupants need to practice social distancing and wear cloth face coverings;
c. All common areas of the launch are wiped down and sanitized after each use;

Anybody using the docks at the Caspersen Rowing Center or Mercer Lake does so at their own risk and assumes all liability.

Requirements For Rowers at the Caspersen Rowing Center Under Governor Murphy’s Order 133 Opening County Parks for Passive Recreation

New Jersey  Governor Murphy has opened the State and County Parks and all golf courses in New Jersey beginning tomorrow, May 2, morning. https://nj.gov/infobank/eo/056murphy/pdf/EO-133.pdf

Under this order the following regulations have been established for rowing activities on Mercer Lake:

All activities in Mercer County Park, including in and around the Caspersen Rowing Center and Mercer Lake shall follow the restrictions as described in Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 133 and all rules and regulations imposed by Mercer County and/or the Mercer County Park Commission.

Subject to the above, the following governs rowing activities at the Caspersen Rowing Center and Mercer Lake:

1. Until further notice, the building at the Caspersen Rowing Center remains closed to the public and athletes. This includes the bathrooms, locker rooms, workout facilities, boat bays and offices.

2. Rowers are allowed to use the docks provided the following requirements are met:
     a. Employees, visitors and rowers should wear cloth face coverings while in settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, except where doing so would inhibit that individual’s health or where the individual is under two years of age. This includes the parking lot and boathouse aprons, the docks and boat storage areas;
     b. Employees, visitors and rowers must practice social distancing and stay six feet apart whenever practicable, excluding immediate family members, caretakers, household members, or romantic partners;
     c. The parking lot shall be limited to 50% of maximum capacity at the same time;
     d. Gatherings of individuals are prohibited;
     e. The only boats allowed are singles 1x or pair/doubles (2-/2x). Pair/Doubles can only be rowed when the both parties in the pair/double are an individual’s immediate family member, caretaker, household member or romantic partners. No shared or rented boats or equipment shall be used;
     f. The boats and equipment used during rowing and on land must the personal property of the individual(s) using the equipment and must be used exclusively by that individual(s);
    g. No more than 4 people are on a rowing boat dock at one time;
    h. No organized practice or activities are allowed; and
     i. High touch areas are frequently sanitized.

3. A motor launch may be on the lake at the same time as the rowers, provided:
     a. The launch is for monitoring, safety and rescue only – NO Coaching;
     b. No more than two people can occupy the launch at any time and the occupants need to practice social distancing and wear cloth face coverings; and
     c. All common areas of the launch are wiped down and sanitized after each use.

Anybody using the docks at the Caspersen Rowing Center or Mercer Lake does so at their own risk and assumes all liability.

It is important for all to remember that failure to follow Governor Murphy’s Order and these regulations can lead to the Park and Lake being closed again.

If you have questions about the above regulations, please contact Kristopher Grudt at krisgrudt@rowpnra.org or 609-977-1094.

Mercer Lake Sprints Takes To the Virtual World

On April 18-19 PNRA was scheduled to host the 16th Mercer Lake Sprints in Mercer County Park. However, like it has affected many parts of our lives, the COVID-19 pandemic intervened. In order to still provide an event for our athletes, PNRA changed the event to the Virtual Mercer Lake Sprints. 15 teams ranging from Boston, MA, to Eugene, OR, participated in the virtual event with included events for rowing machines and also running events. The following is a report on the event from the Mercer Junior Novice Women’s perspective as prepared by Novice Women’s Coach Julia Howarth.

Mercer Junior Novice Women’s Coach Julia Howarth

The Mercer Lake Sprints Regatta is a wonderful weekend of racing and despite the restrictions and changes we are currently experiencing, our team was determined to ensure the now virtual regatta was just as competitive and exciting as previous years. The novice girls team really stepped up to the challenge and did an incredible job staying focused in their preparation and on race day!

Our preparation for the race included a benchmark test day, one week prior. Armed with our new benchmarks (and some new PR’s!), we set our sights on the weekend of April 18th and 19th. Leading up to it, we motivated and encouraged each other to continue to train over Zoom. We tapered off the week leading up to the race and the rowers had a virtual team bonding Treasure Hunt the night before the race. The coxes had a Zoom session with Varsity Cox, Audrey, to go over race day coxing. On the morning of both race days we gathered together as a team, like we would on any race day, however this time it was on Zoom. We stretched, went through our usual warm up and wished each other good luck. The coxes broke off into meeting rooms on Zoom with the athletes who have access to an erg and ran through a self pre-written warmup. As a coach, it was incredible to see every athlete on the team be involved and connected despite the distance there is between us all!

The team raced hard and pushed themselves to new PR’s from both the runners and erg-ers! Overall, our team 3K average dropped by over a minute and 30 seconds. Our Novice Second Four who won their event, also beat the averages of the two non-Mercer boats entered into the Novice Four event, and would have come in second if we were able to enter multiple boats into an event!

It was fantastic to have both other Mercer athletes and athletes from clubs in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Delaware, and Oregon participate in the virtual regatta. It was really motivating for the athletes to be virtually racing others and to be able to look forward to having the results posted at the end of the weekend. Overall, although it wasn’t rowing on the water of Mercer Lake, enjoying the outdoors and each other’s company it was a very successful weekend of racing! The Mercer Lake Sprints Regatta is a wonderful weekend of racing and despite the restrictions and changes we are currently experiencing, our team was determined to ensure the now virtual regatta was just as competitive and exciting as previous years. The novice girls team really stepped up to the challenge and did an incredible job staying focused in their preparation and on race day!

Thomas Kelly Creates Original Painting for Raffle to Benefit Mercer Rowing Programs

Artist Thomas Kelly has donated an original painting to be raffled off to raise funds to support the Mercer Rowing Programs. The painting titled Regatta on Mercer Lake is a 30″ x 44″ framed painting.

Thomas’s daughter is a coxswain for the Mercer Junior Rowing Program. The artist commented that “Its a great cause producing great kids!”

Tickets are $5 and are available online here.

Here is a time lapse video of the creation of the painting:

Please support the Mercer Programs.

With New Jersey Restrictions Closing the Caspersen Rowing Center, Mercer Rowing Programs Go Virtual

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 12, the decision was made to take Princeton National Rowing Association’s Mercer Rowing Programs to a virtual platform. The need for the virtual programing was emphasized by New Jersey Governor Murphy’s orders on March 16 closing all gyms and workout facilities and on April 8 closing all State and County Parks. The Governors orders do not specify an end date for the restrictions.

Until Governor Murphy’s orders are rescinded and it is deemed safe to open, the Caspersen Rowing Center will remain closed to all activities.

Even with the restrictions, the Mercer Rowing Programs are continuing to operate! Rather than on the water activities, they are operating in our social distancing new virtual world. Through the use of on-line workouts, meetings, coaching analysis, yoga sessions and even social sessions, the programs are continuing to provide physical and social workouts for our participants.

The Mercer Programs are open to all interested people, high school age and up! For more information on the Mercer Juniors Programs contact one of the Mercer Junior Coaches (contact links are found here). For information on the Masters Programs contact Coach Jen Whiting (email link here).

PNRA is adding a new Mercer Talk Tuesday evening presentation where each week another topic will be presented through an on-line panel discussion via the Zoom platform. The first Mercer Talk will be Tuesday, April 13, featuring Mercer Junior Alums discussing the transition from rowing at the Mercer Program to rowing in college. Planning future talks will feature National Team athletes discussing the delay of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and college recruitment in the COVID-19 world. Please contact Hilary Gehman for more information on joining these talks.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the regattas that PNRA was scheduled to host on Lake Mercer this spring have all been cancelled. This includes the April 18-19 Mercer Lake Sprints, May 9-10 Mid-Atlantic Junior Regional Championship and the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Collegiate Championship.

In place of the on the water Mercer Lake Sprints, PNRA will be hosting a virtual event on the weekend of April 18-19. The event is open rowers from around the country and already has registrations coming from New Jersey to Oregon. Rowers will compete on rowing machines, individually or through a Zoom based race) and then submit their scores with medals and honors going to the top crews. A 3 mile run has been added for those who do not have access to rowing machines. More information can be found here.

Summer on Mercer Lake is a great time for rowing, and PNRA is planning for a full summer schedule picking up in June, pending the status of the COVID-19 pandemic. The summer schedule includes the Mercer Junior and Masters Programs, Adult Summer Rowing League, National Learn to Row Day and Learn to Row week long camps for rising 7th to 12th graders.

For more information about the Princeton National Rowing Association, email us at info@rowpna.org or contact us at 609-799-7100.

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
www.rowPNRA.org

Mercer Fall Classic

This past Sunday, November 3rd, PNRA/Mercer hosted the inaugural Mercer Fall Classic, which consisted of a forty-five hundred meter head race in the morning and a two thousand meter sprint in the afternoon. The morning was crisp and sunny for the head races that went off without a hitch. As the day continued, the wind picked up and created challenging conditions for the afternoon’s sprint races. Though the wind was strong, the race officials were able to get all the boats aligned and safely down the course. All coaches were satisfied with the results posted. With Mercer Fall Classic concluding the fall racing season, we’re onto winter season.

Mercer Junior Rowers Excel at Youth National Championships

For immediate release

June 13, 2019

West Windsor, NJ – The Mercer Youth Men’s 4 with coxswain (4+) finished second in the country at the USRowing Youth National Championships in Sarasota, Florida held June 6-9, 2019. PNRA/Mercer had impressive results over the course of the 4 day championship and tied for second among all programs, with six crews finishing in the top 10. A total of nine boats and 39 athletes competed in the national championship held at the Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida.

“Nationals was a great experience and getting second in the nation was something truly special” said senior co-captain Brady Stergion (Notre Dame High School). “It’s moments like these that remind me how much effort those around me have put into that race, this season, and Mercer. I feel truly blessed to have been able to compete at the national level.” The other members of the boat include senior coxswain AnneMarie Huber (Stuart Academy of the Sacred Heart), senior co-captain Jack Gallagher (Council Rock North), and juniors Leon Deng (Princeton High School) and Grant Smith (Montgomery High School). The crew finished in a blazing fast time of 6:21.15, less than three tenths of a second behind first place.

Head Varsity Boys Coach Jamie Hamp, who just completed his first year at the helm of the Mercer Boys program, was pleased with the performance of all the Mercer boats. “We had a really young team this spring and definitely had a lot of work to do to get to where we are now. There are some moments we wish we could have back, but overall the boys had a great weekend and raced hard across all levels against the top boats and teams in the country. Everyone learned something from the regatta and I’m excited to see what these guys can do in the coming years.”

The Youth Women’s 8+ had a great regatta, winning both the time trial and their semi-final to race in the A Final. In one of the closest finishes of the event, they placed 4th in a time of 6:28.071 which was a mere .016 seconds behind the bronze medal boat. “Nationals was such an amazing experience this year,” said senior coxswain Helena Wolk (Princeton High School). “We had tight racing at the end, and while having such a close finish is disappointing when you don’t medal by .016 seconds, it was an awesome race and I know all 9 of us put it all out on the course. The entire girls’ team showed how deep the Mercer girls are and I’m so proud of how every boat placed.” In addition to Wolk, the lineup included junior Sophia Craver (Princeton High School), senior Sylvie Tuder (Princeton High School), junior Erin Heyeck (Pennington School), senior Catherine Dyevich (Princeton High School), senior Morgan Linsley (Princeton High School), senior Logan Sudholz (Pennridge High School), senior Caroline Gibson (Princeton High School), and junior Ava Wisnowski (Northern Burlington).

Matt Carlsen, in his third year as Head Coach of the Mercer Varsity Girls, was very pleased with the results from the season culminating national championship. “One of the goals for this year was to have one of the deepest teams in the country and I think after seeing our results from this past weekend, we achieved that goal.  We were the only girls team to send five boats, and all five of those boats finished within the top 20 nationally and that was with nobody double racing.  We would not have had the results we did this past weekend without all 46 varsity girls believing in what our end goals were and pushing each other every day from the start of the fall season to the end of spring season.  We also would not have been able to become the racers that we all saw over the weekend if we didn’t race the boy’s boats over the past few weeks. If we continue the momentum that we have built over the past year into next year, we will have another amazing year.”

PNRA/Mercer had two Youth Men’s pairs (2-) competing. Sophomores Andrew Griesinger (Princeton Day School) and Julian Thomas (Pennington School) placed second in the B Final for 8th in the country just ahead of teammates senior Spencer Stengle (Princeton High School) and junior John Mongelli (Hunterdon Central) who finished 10th. Griesinger and Thomas also doubled into the Youth Men’s 8+.

The Youth Women’s Lightweight 4+ placed 8th in the country with junior coxswain Emma Dziedzic (Robbinsville High School), senior Chloe Couillens (Hopewell Valley Central High), junior Riddhi Singh (Stanford Online High School), junior Cara Barkenbush (West Windsor-Plainsboro South), and junior Natalie Verlinde (Princeton High School).

The Youth Women’s 2- earned 9th place in the nation with sophomore Riley Cooper (Hunterdon Central High School) and junior Elyse Szych (North Hunterdon High School).

In the Youth Women’s 4+, the combination of junior coxswain Sunny Hu (Stuart Country Day School), senior co-captains Sarah Closser (Princeton High School) and Jacqueline Armetta (Villa Joseph Marie High School), junior Kristen Harkins (Notre Dame High School) and sophomore Eva Wojnovich (Council Rock North) placed 12th in the nation.

PNRA/Mercer raced the Youth Women’s Lightweight Double (2x) which is the first sculling boat the program has ever qualified for the Youth National Championship. The duo of juniors Eveline Enthoven (Princeton High School) and Abigail McAleer (Council Rock North) finished 4th in the C Final putting them 16th in the nation in that event.

The Youth Men’s 8 with coxswain (8+) placed 24th overall in a very deep field of competition. The boat included sophomore coxswain Kyle Rutter (West Windsor-Plainsboro South), sophomores Andrew Griesinger, Julian Thomas, Joseph DiRusso (Notre Dame High School), George Drago (Notre Dame High School), Thomas Closser (Princeton High School), Theodore Schneider (Pennsbury High School), Matthew Bigga (Montgomery High School), and senior Brian Radvany (Princeton Day School).

The Mercer junior summer program begins June 24 which is when the novice summer camps kick off as well. To learn more about rowing opportunities with the Mercer Juniors, please visit www.rowpnra.org.

Mercer Junior Rowers Qualify 9 Boats for the National Championship

May 21, 2019
West Windsor, NJ

Princeton National Rowing Association’s Mercer Junior Rowing qualified nine boats, including the first ever sculling boat, for the USRowing Youth National Championships. The teams walked away with plenty of hardware also winning Boys Novice 4+ and 8+, Girls Novice 8+, and Girls 2nd Varsity 4+ at the May 11-12 Mid-Atlantic Youth Regional Championships. The Mother’s Day weekend regatta on Mercer Lake marked the last home race for the 2019 spring season. The weather shortened event drew 56 teams from seven states competing in 36 events. The USRowing Youth National Championships, which will take place June 6-9, 2019 in Sarasota, Florida.

Mercer Varsity Girls’ Head Coach Matt Carlsen stated “All year I have been saying how I wanted to have our team as one of the deepest teams in the country. It has been a truly competitive season and our results at the regional championships show that the girls bought into that concept and went above and beyond the call of duty. Qualifying 5 boats on the girls’ side is truly remarkable, and this is our first sculling boat that has ever qualified from Mercer!”

On the boys’ side, the team qualified double the number of seats from last year and is looking to improve and continue building on a bronze medal in the 4+ at Nationals last year. “It’s a really young team – over half the team is sophomores – and to qualify as many boats as we did and have such solid results really speaks to the type of program and culture we’re trying to build here,” said Mercer Varsity Boys’ Head Coach Jamie Hamp. “I’m excited for Florida in a few weeks.”

The Mercer Junior Rowing Program provides opportunities for area high school students to participate in rowing. This Spring 2019 Mercer Junior Rowing is comprised of 153 athletes from 35 area schools. The 34 athletes who qualified the following boats for the USRowing Youth National Championships represent the following high schools:

Women’s Varsity 8+
C: Helena Wolk- Princeton HS
8: Sophie Craver-Princeton HS
7: Sylvie Tuder-Princeton HS
6: Erin Heyeck-The Pennington School
5: Morgan Linsley-Princeton HS
4: Logan Sudholz-Pennridge HS
3: Catherine Dyevich-Princeton HS
2: Caroline Gibson-Princeton HS
1: Ava Wisnoski-Northern Burlington HS
Women’s 2-
2: Riley Cooper-Hunterdon Central Regional HS
1: Elyse Szych-N Hunterdon HS
Women’s Varsity 4+
C: Sunny Hu – Stuart School
4: Kristen Harkins-Notre Dame HS
3: Eva Wojnovich-Council Rock HS North
2: Sarah Closser-Princeton HS
1: Jacqueline Armetta-Villa Joseph Marie HS
Women’s Lightweight 4+
C: Emma Dziedzic-Robbinsville HS
4: Chloe Couillens-Hopewell Valley Central HS
3: Riddhi Singh-Stanford Online HS
2: Cara Barkenbush-West Windsor Plainsboro HSS
1: Natalie Verlinde-Princeton HS
Women’s Lightweight 2x
2. Eveline Enthoven-Princeton HS
1. Abigail McAleer- Council Rock HS North

Men’s 8+
C: AnneMarie Huber-Stuart School
8: Jack Gallagher-Council Rock HS North
7: Brady Stergion-Notre Dame HS
6: Leon Deng-Princeton HS
5: Julian Thomas-The Pennington School
4: Joseph DiRusso-Notre Dame HS
3: Brian Radvany-Princeton Day School
2: Grant Smith-Montgomery HS
1: Andrew Griesinger-Princeton Day School

Men’s 4+
C: AnneMarie Huber – Stuart School
4: Jack Gallagher-Council Rock HS North
3: Grant Smith-Montgomery HS
2: Leon Deng-Princeton HS
1: Brady Stergion-Notre Dame HS

Men’s A 2-
2: Andrew Griesinger – Princeton Day School
1: Julian Thomas – The Pennington School

Men’s B2-
2: Spencer Stengle- Princeton HS
1: Thomas Closser – Princeton HS

About the Princeton National Rowing Association
The Princeton National Rowing Association, a 501(c)3 organization, operates the Finn M.W. Caspersen Rowing Center located on the shores of Mercer Lake, Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey. The Princeton National Rowing Association is dedicated to operating a world-class training site for our nation’s elite athletes, providing opportunities for area youth to excel in the sport of rowing and to expand rowing in the area through community-based programs. PNRA runs the Mercer Junior Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for youth from over 35+ area schools and the Mercer Masters Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for adults. In addition, PNRA offers the Rowing Is Growing Outreach program to economically-disadvantaged students in Mercer County. The center is a home to the USRowing National and Olympic Teams, as well as rowing clubs and schools.
For more information, contact Kristopher Grudt, tel: 609-799-7100 x100, krisgrudt@rowpnra.org or visit www.rowpnra.org.

Mercer Juniors Succeed at Saratoga Invite

This past weekend, the Mercer Junior Rowing program took to the road and traveled to the Saratoga Invite. All in all, there were 75 athletes, 6 parent chaperones and 4 coaches who represented Mercer. The typical spring weather in Saratoga Springs, NY produced chilly and windy conditions on Saturday that resulted in changes to the race schedule. Read below for more details on each squad’s races:

Varsity Boys
The Varsity boys had a very successful weekend up at the Saratoga Springs Invitational and there was great racing across all levels, despite some challenges with the weather and schedule! On Saturday, the Varsity 8 got 2nd in the only 1500m race for Mercer that day. Soon after, all racing was moved to 1000m, and the 2V and 3V both raced in rough and windy conditions. The 2V came just short of beating Greenwich and got 3rd, while the 3V got 6th. Soon after the rest of the racing was cancelled for the day due to weather.

On Sunday, the boys again raced the 8s in the morning, with all 3 boats being in the Champ final. The Varsity and 2V both placed 3rd overall, only losing to Row America Rye and CRI, while the 3V again placed 6th. In the afternoon, the 1V4 placed 3rd, while the 2V4s placed 1st and 2nd and the 3V4 placed 3rd. The lightweight 4 placed 8th in a tough race in the Champ final. Overall, the team raced hard and had a very successful weekend, with many returning with multiple medals! The team now turns its attention to Mid-Atlantics held right here on Mercer Lake May 11-12.

Varsity Girls
Saturday was a DOOZY of a day.  We were able to get in three 1000m races before the weather cancelled the rest of the day.  The girls that did not race on Saturday got a solid workout in at the hotel to stay loose for Sunday’s finals.  On Sunday we were able to see how truly deep we are against some of the best teams in the country.  The results were very good across the board and every girl came home with at least one medal. We will continue to stay hungry and work hard to qualify boats for the Youth National Championships.

Saturday Results:
1st Varsity 4+ B- 3rd
1st Varsity 4+ A- 2nd
LTWT 4+ – 2nd

Sunday Results:
3rd Varsity 4+ A- 1st
3rd Varsity 4+ B- 1st
LTWT 4+ – 1st
2nd Varsity 4+ – 2nd
1st Varsity 4+ – 4th
1st Varsity 8+ – 3rd
2nd Varsity 8+ – 1st
3rd Varsity 8+ – 1st

Novice Boys
On Saturday, the novice boys were scheduled for the first flight of the Men’s Frosh/Novice Eight. When they arrived at the line, there was an abrupt change and they were forced to race in the second flight. Instead of getting flustered and letting the situation get the better of them, they dug in and won their first race of the weekend.

The following day, the novice boys were scheduled to race in the Men’s Novice Eight and afterwards split up the eight and race two fours in the Men’s Frosh/Novice four. Thankfully, both Sunday races were uneventful and they raced where they were supposed to. In the eight, our guys put up a good fight and pulled a third place. To wrap up the weekend, the guys raced two fours. Despite relative inexperience in the fours, they were both able to win their flights and receive their third medals of the weekend.

Novice Girls
While the novice girls were disappointed not to be able to race in the combined Freshman/Novice 8+ event on Saturday, they had a successful day on Sunday, each person returning home with at least one medal. They raced two Novice 4+s, one of which won their flight, as well as the 8+ in the Novice 8+ event (in which they placed second behind Greenwich, losing by half of the margin that they lost by at the scrimmage a couple weeks ago.) Other highlights included seeing Avengers: Endgame, some very large fluffy dogs, and a miniature horse (see photos below).

 

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

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

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

Steve Neczypor Regatta Recap

This past Saturday, April 6, the Mercer Juniors competed in the Steve Neczypor Regatta on the Cooper River in Cherry Hill, NJ. The highlight of the day include winning the Overall Team Points! Below is a recap from Head Varsity Boys Coach Jamie Hamp and Head Varsity Girls Coach Matt Carlsen.

Mercer Boys
The Varsity and novice boys all officially opened their seasons this past Saturday at the Steve Neczypor Regatta in Cherry Hill, NJ. After a few early morning showers, the sun came out and there was little to no wind for most of the day, making for a great day of racing! Thanks to all the parents who contributed food and helped make this day a success for all the Mercer teams!

The novice boys had a great first race for many of the rowers, as the 1st Novice 8 won its flight and the overall event, recording the fastest time of the day in the process. The 2nd novice 8 got 4th in their race with many first season novices.

The varsity boys raced tough from top to bottom and displayed the depth and fitness the team has been building this winter. The Lightweight 4+ placed 3rd in the final, just a second from 2nd, and the Varsity 4+ got silver in a tough race with Christian Brothers Academy. The team swept the three JV 4+ flights and had 3 of the 4 fastest times in the event, as well as the fastest time in the JV 8+, earning another overall event win. The 3rd varsity 8 had a great race and finished 3rd in their flight. In the last race of the day, the Varsity 8+ pulled out a hard fought win over Mountain Lakes, giving them their 3rd event win for the day. The boys came in second for the men’s points trophy and helped win the overall team points trophy with the Mercer girls successful day.

Mercer Girls
You never know what to expect in the first race of the Spring season, and this weekend was definitely a good starting point for our Spring season. We definitely showed our depth, and I am looking forward to finding more speed before our next races. The Varsity 8+ won their first race in the new boat – the Sean T. McCourt. We will be having a boat christening ceremony later this summer, stay tuned for more details on that.

Here are full results for the girls:

Women’s Novice 8+ 3rd in Flight 1
Women’s Novice 8+ 3rd in Flight 3
Women’s Novice 4+ 2nd in Flight 1
Women’s JV 4+ 1st place in flight 1 (fastest time of the day)- Winner of the Robin Jones Trophy
Women’s JV 4+ 1st place in flight 2
Women’s LTWT 4+ 1st place in Grand Final- Winner of the Cindy Sands Trophy
Women’s Varsity 4+ 1st, 2nd, 4th, 6th in Grand Final- Winner of the Mike and Gabi Cipollone Trophy
Women’s JV 8+ 1st in Flight 2- Winner of the Margie Skinner Trophy
Women’s JV 8+ 4th in Flight 1
Women’s Varsity 8+ 1st, 2nd, 4th in Grand Final- Winner of the Leonard Insurance Group Trophy

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.

https://goo.gl/forms/dAhVQGj9DiEIPtPE2

Spring Season Dates

Hello,

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

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

Novice
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!

Mercer Rowing 2018 Fall Season Recap

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

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

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

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

 

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

Fall Season Starts for Local Crews with Mercer Lake Challenge

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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

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

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

 

2018 Mercer Lake Challenge Results

            Men’s 8+ – 4:30pm                                         

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

            Women’s 8+ – 4:35pm        

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

                                                                                      

             Men’s 8+ – 5:10pm                                         

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

                                                                                      

             Women’s 8+ -5:20pm                                    

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

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

For Immediate Release
West Windsor, NJ
July 9, 2018

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

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

 

About the Princeton National Rowing Association

The Princeton National Rowing Association, a 501(c)3 organization, operates the Finn M.W. Caspersen Rowing Center located on the shores of Mercer Lake, Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey.  The Princeton National Rowing Association is dedicated to operating a world-class training site for our nation’s elite athletes, providing opportunities for area youth to excel in the sport of rowing and to expand rowing in the area through community-based programs.  PNRA runs the Mercer Junior Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for youth from over 30 area schools and the Mercer Masters Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for adults.  The center is a home to the USRowing National and Olympic Teams, as well as rowing clubs and schools. PNRA has received generous support from USRowing, University Orthopaedic Associates, bai, JL Racing, Resolute Racing Shells, Wells Fargo Advisors-Gould Group, Holiday Inn, and Residence Inn by Marriott.

For more information, contact Kristopher Grudt,

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

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

For immediate release

May 23, 2018

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

 

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

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

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

About the Princeton National Rowing Association

The Princeton National Rowing Association, a 501(c)3 organization, operates the Finn M.W. Caspersen Rowing Center located on the shores of Mercer Lake, Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey.  The Princeton National Rowing Association is dedicated to operating a world-class training site for our nation’s elite athletes, providing opportunities for area youth to excel in the sport of rowing and to expand rowing in the area through community-based programs.  PNRA runs the Mercer Junior Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for youth from over 30 area schools and the Mercer Masters Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for adults.  The center is a home to the USRowing National and Olympic Teams, as well as rowing clubs and schools.

For more information, contact Kristopher Grudt, tel: 609-799-7100 x100, krisgrudt@rowpnra.org or visit www.rowpnra.org.

PNRA/Mercer Rowing Shines at Mid-Atlantic Regionals

For immediate release
May 18, 2018
West Windsor, NJ

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men’s 4+
C: Annie Huber – Stuart Country Day School
4: Jack Gallagher – Council Rock HS North
3: Eli Kalfaian – Delaware Valley Regional HS
2: Evan Kinter – Steinert HS
1: Herbert De Cokere – Montgomery HS

About the Princeton National Rowing Association
The Princeton National Rowing Association, a 501(c)3 organization, operates the Finn M.W. Caspersen Rowing Center located on the shores of Mercer Lake, Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey. The Princeton National Rowing Association is dedicated to operating a world-class training site for our nation’s elite athletes, providing opportunities for area youth to excel in the sport of rowing and to expand rowing in the area through community-based programs. PNRA runs the Mercer Junior Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for youth from over 30 area schools and the Mercer Masters Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for adults. The center is a home to the USRowing National and Olympic Teams, as well as rowing clubs and schools.
For more information, contact Kristopher Grudt, tel: 609-799-7100 x100, krisgrudt@rowpnra.org or visit www.rowpnra.org.

National Learn to Row Day – June 9

USRowing will sponsor its National Learn to Row Day on June 2 but due to a conflict at the Mercer Lake venue with the IRA Championships, PNRA will host a Learn to Row event on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Led by Mercer Masters rowers, you will be introduced to the sport of rowing, including a tour of the boathouse facilities, learning the basics of the stroke on the indoor rowing machines (ergometers) and finally, getting out on the water to take some strokes in a boat!

Click here to register.

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

GO MERCER!!!!

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:

http://www.princetongardentheatre.org/films/dare-to-be

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

Mercer Rowing Shines at Elite Head of the Charles Regatta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Princeton National Rowing Association 

The Princeton National Rowing Association, a 501(c)3 organization, operates the Finn M.W. Caspersen Rowing Center located on the shores of Mercer Lake, Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey.  The Princeton National Rowing Association is dedicated to operating a world-class training site for our nation’s elite athletes, providing opportunities for area youth to excel in the sport of rowing and to expand rowing in the area through community-based programs.  PNRA runs the Mercer Junior Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for youth from over 30 area schools and the Mercer Masters Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for adults.  The center is a home to the USRowing National and Olympic Teams, as well as rowing clubs and schools.

 

For more information, contact Kristopher Grudt, tel: 609-977-1094, krisgrudt@rowpnra.org or visit www.rowpnra.org.

 

Mercer Rowing Starts Season Strong at Head of the Housatonic Regatta

October 13, 2017

The Mercer Juniors and Masters competed at the Head of the Housatonic Regatta this on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The crews raced in ideal conditions on the 4.5 mile course at Indian Well State Park in Shelton, Connecticut, and all of the Mercer crews had strong showings.

The Mercer Junior Girls, coached by Matt Carlsen, sent three varsity boats to Connecticut. Their first varsity crew of 8 competed in the 8+ Junior 1V women’s division. Rowers Katryna Niva, Sarah Closser, Elyssa Aronson, Emmanuelle Adamson, Bridget Parker, Kieran Wild, Mia Barkenbush, Sara Hansen and coxswain Maddie Peel finished the course in 14:19.4. Their time earned them a 4th place finish out of 18 boats.

The Mercer Junior Girls had two boats competing in the 8+ Junior 2V division. Their second varsity boat, coxed by Lauren Preston, consisted of rowers Sophie Craver, Julia Berdzik, Catie Vinch-Buck, Morgan Linsley, Jaqueline Armetta, Erin Dobbs, Chloe Couillens, and Eveline Enthoven. Their time of 14:54.7 earned them an impressive first place finish in a field of 20 boats. Following closely behind them was the Mercer Junior Girls’ third varsity boat, who finished in second place with a time of 15:05.2. Rowers Sylvie Tudor, Catherine Dyevich, Caroline Gibson, Erin Heyeck, Kristin Harkins, Olivia Andersen, Maheera Bawa, and Nathalie Verlinde, along with coxswain Helena Wolk, proved that talent runs deep for the Mercer Junior Girls.

The Mercer Junior Boys, coached by Justin Ochal, brought two varsity boats with them to Shelton. Rowers Dana Gajewski, Leon Dang, Evan Kinter, Jack Gallagher, Eli Kalfaian, Herbert De Cokere, Brady Stergion, and Pavel Zhelnin were coxed by Annie Huber in the 8+ Junior 1V Men’s Division. Their time of 13:27.6 earned them a 6th place finish out of a field of 24. The Mercer Junior Boys’ second varsity boat, rowing in the 8+ Junior 2V Men’s Division, finished in the top half of the field in 11th place. Coxswain Lauren Glogoff and rowers Chase Panfili, Andrei Dumitriu, Alex Brodowski, Brian Radvany, Aiden Sarafin, Alex Fradkin, Grant Smith, and John Mongelli finished the course in 14:59.7.

The Mercer Masters, also coached by Matt Carlsen, joined their junior counterparts at the Head of the Housatonic. The Masters Women’s 8+, coxed by Annie Huber, consisted of rowers Kristin Appleget, Sharon Waters, Rebecca Findlay, Terri Gruber McDonough, Cheryl Baldino, Ellen Tormey, Natasha Gajewski, and Cassandra Cohen. They placed 5th out of 9 boats with their time of 15:59.0. The Masters Women’s 4+ was coxed by Lauren Preston. Rowers Kristin Appleget, Cassandra Cohen, Rebecca Findlay, Terri Gruber McDonough finished the course in 18:07.2 to finish 12th out of 14 boats.

The Mercer Masters Men’s 4+, coxed by Maddie Peel, included rowers Miles Truesdell, David Potts, Michael Vaccaro, and Charles Gilbert. Their time of 16:39.0 earned them an 11th place finish in a field of 13.
The top Mercer Junior Rowing Program and Masters crews are now looking ahead to the Head of the Charles Regatta on October 21 and 22. This elite regatta attracts thousands of rowers to Boston each year, and the Mercer rowers are looking forward to proving themselves on the Charles River.

About the Princeton National Rowing Association

The Princeton National Rowing Association, a 501(c)3 organization, operates the Finn M.W. Caspersen Rowing Center located on the shores of Mercer Lake, Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey. The Princeton National Rowing Association is dedicated to operating a world-class training site for our nation’s elite athletes, providing opportunities for area youth to excel in the sport of rowing and to expand rowing in the area through community-based programs. PNRA runs the Mercer Junior Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for youth from over 30 area schools and the Mercer Masters Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for adults. The center is a home to the USRowing National and Olympic Teams, as well as rowing clubs and schools.

For more information, contact Kristopher Grudt, tel: 609-977-1094, krisgrudt@rowpnra.org or visit www.rowpnra.org.