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Rutgers Fairs Well At Kerr Cup and Stockton Scrimmage

Rutgers Fairs Well At Kerr Cup and Stockton Scrimmage

Rutgers Crews had a busy weekend of racing. The Varsity, 2V, 3V and two 4s went to Philadelphia to race in the Kerr Cup. The Varsity had the best results coming in 4th with a strong performance against very strong competition from Drexel, La Salle and St. Joes. The 2V had a strong performance all the way down the course but drew a tough heat and was not able to advance to the finals in the afternoon. The 3V had a great start to their race but lost the rhythm in the later sections of the race and ended up 5th in their event. The Varsity and JV 4s which were made up of oarsmen and coxswains from the 4th 8 had only a few days of practice in the boats but still were able to put out good performances with both boats finishing 4th. The fours will be working in the smaller boats for the next few weeks in preparation for the Dad Vail.

On Sunday the 4th 8 and 5th 8 raced at home in a scrimmage against Stockton University. The workout was very competitive with the Rutgers boats pulling ahead in almost every piece. Lots of good racing from all crews!

Next up is the Dad Vail Regatta on May 10th and 11th. The Crew has a few weekends off from racing as we approach the end of the semester and Exams. Off weeks mean lots of racing pieces and hard training as the crews work to find the last bits of speed for the championship races.

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George Washington Invite Recap

George Washington Invite Recap

The tough spring conditions continued this weekend for the men of Rutgers Crew. The Crew traveled to Washington DC to race on the Potomac River against ACRA rivals Minnesota, University of Virginia, Bucknell, University of North Carolina, George Washington, University of Delaware and Washington State University. With strong winds out of the West the Potomac was very rough especially under the Key Bridge at 1250 into the race and in the final 300 meters of the race course. Rutgers Raced Minnesota on Friday afternoon in these very challenging and quick conditions. The Varsity had a tough start to their race and came up short despite a strong second half of the race. The 2nd Varsity was ahead with a few hundred meters to go but a very strong sprint from Minnesota caught the crew off guard and they were not able to respond quite enough, losing to the mid-west crew by 0.7 seconds. The 3rd Varsity had a similar race to the 2nd Varsity and however they were able to respond better to the late charge from Minnesota and keep their bow in front, although just barely with a margin of also 0.7 seconds! The 4th Varsity had a tremendous race and was able to make up 13 seconds on Bucknell from the last time the two crews raced.

Saturday the Crews returned to the Potomac to find it even rougher than on Friday. Racing was delayed till the afternoon in hopes the wind would shift and the water would become more rowable. Ultimately the wind did not shift and no racing was able to occur Saturday.

Full Results can be found here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1PmraTVVDL3BeDGeVRnq7cjl25Isd7RAfE02pF9UzsAQ/htmlview

With the reduced number of races the Red Teams goes into this week with a little extra energy to get ready for the last regular season racing at the Kerr Cup. Rutgers will face many of their Dad Vail competition as well as several ACRA schools.

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Rough Conditions for Collins Cup

Rough Conditions for Collins Cup

Rutgers Traveled up to Leonia NJ for the 24th Racing of the Collins Cup against long time rival Columbia. After a few missed days on the water this week due to flooding of the Raritan the Rutgers Boys were brimming with excitement to get onto the placid waters at Overpeck Park. The weather however did not provide those normally calm waters. All crews rowed in very challenging conditions with a head wind and gusts over 20MPH as well as increasing choppy water and waves in the second 1000 meters of the race. The well seasoned Columbia crews were able to clear the conditions more easily than the Rutgers Crews and were able to keep their bows ahead at the Finish line. Rutgers Varsity 8 put in a valiant performance in the first 1000 meters but was ultimately unable to keep up with their opponents either.

Full Results are available here: https://www.row2k.com/results/resultspage.cfm?UID=49F55B38741659206D0B6E4015CB3709&cat=1

The Rutgers Crews return to the Raritan with renewed motivation after a tough weekend. With better weather this week the crews all hope to make big improvements for this upcoming weekend in Washington DC at the George Washington Invite. The crews will be racing many of the top ACRA schools and hope to come away with many victories!

Bucknell, UVA, Michigan Recap

Bucknell, UVA, Michigan Recap

Rutgers Men Traveled to Lewisburg PA to have a double dual race with Bucknell and University of Virginia.
Michigan was also in attendance at the race but was also paired up with Bucknell and UVA so they did not directly race the Rutgers Boats.

The Varsity 8 had 2 very good races this past Saturday, a 2 sec. loss to Virginia in the morning, and a 10 second win vs Bucknell in the afternoon. Virginia beat Michigan in the afternoon by 12 seconds. All these programs are perennial grand finalists in the American College Rowing Association (ACRA) National Championships, so this was a good early test of boat speed!

The lower boats (2V 3V 4V & 5V) have many or are mostly 1st year rowers competing in their first 2k races. The Rutgers Crews had some good races and put out respectable efforts, but were not able to overcome the other, more experienced, crews. The Rutgers boats will have a few good weeks of hard training and with more experience in racing situations, it is unlikely those other crews will get the better of them again later in the season. Early speed from Rutgers freshman always spells trouble for other crews later in the season!

Click here for all official Results:
AM Racing (UVA): https://www.row2k.com/results/resultspage.cfm?UID=08812D9FC3885643B9507FF03A1E0141&cat=1
PM Racing (Bucknell): https://www.row2k.com/results/resultspage.cfm?UID=2802BE6DFC4286A1D9C49BEAD52CAAD8&cat=1

The crews now get ready for a wet week of training before traveling to Overpeck Park to race Columbia for the Collins Cup

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Great Racing At Lehigh

Great Racing At Lehigh

The Red Team loaded the shell trailer up on a cold Friday morning after a great week of training. The destination was Allentown Pennsylvania for the second year of a scrimmage with Lehigh University. While the weather on Saturday was very wet (rainfall during the workout was over 1/2" per hour) the anticipation was high as the Rutgers rigged up and prepared to race. Lehigh has a very competitive crew this year but they were no match for the Rutgers boats.

The Varsity and 2nd Varsity were able to win all 1000 meter pieces of the scrimmage. The 3rd Varsity raced in the 2V race and was able to keep their bow in front of the Lehigh 2V on three of the four pieces.

The 4th Varsity split into 2-4 man shells to be able to compete with the lower boats of Lehigh. The Varsity 4 was able to win every piece easily over the Lehigh 4. The Novice 4 was very competitive on all pieces with the Lehigh, with the Rutgers bow being just out in front on three of the four pieces.

Overall a very successful day of racing for the Red Team!!

This week the crews eagerly prepare for the first official races of the season, which occur this Saturday at Bucknell University.

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Spring Break and Temple Scrimmage Recap

Spring Break and Temple Scrimmage Recap

The Rutgers Crew had a very successful Spring Break. 5 crews of oarsmen (42 oarsman and 6 coxswains) stayed around campus to train twice a day and we gained a lot of speed throughout the week. The nice weather allowed time for hard training in the mornings and focused technical workouts in the afternoons. The top two boats are really starting to develop nice chemistry and boat speed and the lower boats are finally starting to smooth out and find efficiency.

To cap off the week of training the Crew traveled to Philadelphia to have a scrimmage with Temple University. All boats had a day of very competitive racing with some very quick Temple crews. Rutgers boats were able to keep their bows in front for many of the pieces but all crews were trading pieces throughout the workout. Good early season speed was seen in all boats and the competitive workout helped light a fire for intense training as the crew moves into the scrimmage this weekend with Lehigh.

2023 Fall Season Recap

2023 Fall Season Recap

The docks are out, and the crews are now off the water and training indoors. The Rutgers men had a very productive fall, with three 8's returning from last year's team. The varsity men raced twice this fall, both times in Philadelphia. First at Navy Day Regatta and then a couple weeks later at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta.
At the Navy Day Regatta, Rutgers finished 7th and 8th of 16 in the Collegiate 4's, and 20th and 27th of 34 crews in the Collegiate 8 event.
At the Head of the Schuylkill, Rutgers finished 6th and 7th out of 40 in the Championship 4's event. In the Collegiate 8's Rutgers finished 8th, 23rd, and 34th out of 46 crews entered.
The freshmen have had a very productive fall. The coaches ran 2 shifts of practices in the afternoon to allow the over 60 athletes trying out to attend practice while working around their class schedules. All four Rutgers Freshmen 8's were very impressive in their only fall competition, a workout on the Raritan with the freshmen form Lehigh .
The men's crews spent the last 3 weeks of the fall training in "random" line-ups literally drawn from a trophy cup. The members of the fastest crew each day received 7 points members of the 2nd fastest crew get 5 points, and the 3rd get one point. After 3 weeks, the top point athletes row a workout together against the 2nd an 3rd crews (based on points) to see if the point system works, it does.
The final day on the water, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, saw 6 even mixed varsity and fresh­ men crews for several 3 minute, very spirited races.

Varsity Makes Grand Final at ACRA, 2V Places 8th

Varsity Makes Grand Final at ACRA, 2V Places 8th

Rutgers Traveled to Oak Ridge Tennessee this past weekend to compete in the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship. Crews from all over the country were in attendance and the Rutgers boats were fired up to have a great weekend of racing.

The Varsity Started the weekend off by placing 7th in the time trial and automatically advancing to the A/B Semi Final. The 2V had a bit more of a bumpy start but was able to pull out a good race piece and get ready for the A/B semi final in their race as well.

The next day the 2V had a drastic improvement and were able to shave 11 seconds off their previous time and put themselves in a competitive position in the Petite Final on Sunday. The Varsity had a really tough race in their Semi-Final but was able to stay ahead of Minnesota and advance to the Grand Finals improving on last years Petite Finals.

On Sunday the 2V was able to have their best race of the weekend as well as the year and was able to improve an additional 10 seconds on their Semi-Final time, a full 21 seconds faster than their race on Friday. They raced hard though the line to just miss winning the Petite Final. For the final race of the weekend the Varsity was lined up against the fastest crews in the county. It was a blistering race with crews racing above 38 strokes per minute. The Rutgers Varsity gave it their all but was unable to keep up with the pace of the front boats, but were still able to finished 6th in the nation.

You can see all results here: https://herenow.com/results/#/races/21120/results

8th Place for the 2V and 6th for the Varsity are a great result and a huge improvement on last years results!
Everyone is excited for a great summer and we look forward to more improvements at next years Regatta.

To our Seniors, Ed, James, Doug, Kyle and Adam; thanks for all the good times, hard strokes and energy you have put into the team, you will be missed greatly.

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Rutgers Wins Petite Final At Dad Vail

Rutgers Wins Petite Final At Dad Vail

This past week the crew finished up finals and traveled to Cherry Hill NJ to race in the 84th Dad Vail Regatta. This was the first time the regatta had been held on the Cooper River but the Rutgers Crew's felt confident after a hard week of finals and training sessions. All four boats (Varsity 8, JV 8, Varsity 4 and Freshman/Novice 4) raced a time trial and advanced to semi-finals in the afternoon on Friday. After a few short hours on land the crews were back out on the water for Semi-Finals. The crews all rowed hard and well the JV and Varsity 8 advanced to the Petite Finals and the two 4s advanced to the 3rd level final. The next day the crews raced in their perspective finals. All crews rowed well and made Rutgers proud. The highlight of the weekend was the Varsity 8 event where the Rutgers Varsity made a big push in the last 250 meters to get their bow across the line in front of the field by only 3 tenths of a second. Well Rowed All!

For Full results from the weekend please visit this link or check out the livestream on YouTube.
Results: https://results.regattatiming.com/backoffice/webpages/schedule/schedule.jsp?raceId=565
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4sElGIg6DHES5APjxvU-TbZ_iYkA8_7c

This marks the end of the season for the lower boats, congratulations on a great season and we look forward to many more victories in your future years!

This weekend the Varsity 8 and 2nd Varsity 8 will be traveling to Oak Ridge Tennessee for race in the ACRA National Championship. Best of luck all crews

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Rutgers Places 3rd at Kerr Cup

Rutgers Places 3rd at Kerr Cup

Rutgers Traveled to Philadelphia Saturday morning to race some Dad Vail and ACRA competition at the Kerr Cup. The race schedule was shifted earlier in the day and compressed to try and avoid high wind warnings later in the day. This meant very little rest between the heats and finals; good news for tough Rutgers Oarsmen! The Varsity started the day off with an easy advancement into the Grand Final from their heat. The JV had a great first race and also advanced from their heat to the Grand Final. After just 40 minutes on shore between races the Varsity lined up for the Grand Final. The wind had picked up at this point and it was going to be a long race. Rutgers had a great start to keep them in the race and midway though was able to dig in and finish 3rd behind Drexel and Lasalle. More importantly the Varsity was 6 seconds ahead of Bucknell and 9 seconds ahead of Virginia, both of whom are promising to be tough competition at ACRA later this year. The JV faced similarly challenging conditions but were bested by the other crews finishing 6th in the Regatta. To close out the day the 3V8 had a tough race into a driving headwind against Drexel, Bucknell and Virginia. Rutgers was able to dig deep and fight back from 4th at halfway though the race to finish ahead of Bucknell. A great result for the 3V8 since this is mostly a novice boat and only learned to row this fall. Overall, a great weekend for Rutgers! The team now looks ahead towards Final Exams. There are 10 days of hard training ahead to try and find those extra few seconds before exams begin. Dad Vails is May 12&13 on the Cooper River in Camden! We look forward to seeing some Scarlet Knights on the banks cheering on Crew.

Full Results are available here: https://drexel0-my.sharepoint.com/:x:/g/personal/am828_drexel_edu/EYfAWIPEde9BkvsdwN6ZQLkBbuTawZKEu9aao3R0dxueNA?rtime=nv8cbRVD20g

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GW Invite Recap

GW Invite Recap

Rutgers had a great weekend of racing down in Washington DC at the George Washington Invitational. The crew raced many of the teams they will be racing for the national title at ACRA. The Red Team was able to take home some shirts and all crews gained valuable race experience. The whole team is shaping up to be very competitive and the guys are getting excited to get into a hard week of training before the Kerr Cup on April 22nd.
For all the Results of racing please visit Row2k, links are below:

Friday PM: https://www.row2k.com/results/resultspage.cfm?UID=4E7796B68EA469E2D93EFC88C489DB54&cat=1

Saturday AM: https://www.row2k.com/results/resultspage.cfm?UID=5BDB96B3F8D4E3F9E1717EF94BC81C65&cat=1

Saturday PM: https://www.row2k.com/results/resultspage.cfm?UID=05EB3C8408D5E021973382F50003B270&cat=1

Happy Easter!

Collins Cup Recap

Collins Cup Recap

The Crew traveled to Over Peck Park for the annual racing for the Collins Cup against Columbia. Both the Varsity and JV had impressive races but were defeated by the Lions of Columbia. The Crew Gears up for the GW Invite next weekend in DC, where we will be racing many of our ACRA rivals for the first time this year.

Results can be found on Row2k: https://www.row2k.com/results/resultspage.cfm?UID=BB63CDD4451DE11DE4210FD2C60D0779&cat=1

Bucknell Race - Lehigh Scrimmage

Bucknell Race - Lehigh Scrimmage

High winds and rain caused the conditions on the Susquehanna River to be unrowable this past weekend and unfortunately meant the Bucknell/Michigan Race had to be cancelled.  Luckily the team was able to traveled to Bethlehem Pennsylvania to scrimmage Lehigh.  The teams had a competitive workout on the Lehigh River which went very well for all Rutgers boats.  The team looks forward to starting the 2023 Season off this weekend against Columbia at Overpeck Park on Saturday April 1st.

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2023 Spring Banquet - 3/11/23

2023 Spring Banquet - 3/11/23

The Annual Spring Banquet is finally being held again this year! Mark your calendars for 4:00PM on Saturday March 11th at the Neilson Dinning Hall, Cook/Douglass Campus. The Spring Banquet is always a great event, and a terrific way to start the racing season. Join us and celebrate Rutgers Crew with your fellow alumni, family, and friends! Visit the Banquet tab to register or click the link below.






We look forward to seeing everyone this spring!

Rutgers Places 8th in Varsity 8 at ACRA

Rutgers Places 8th in Varsity 8 at ACRA

The Varsity 8 traveled to Oak Ridge Tennesee for the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) National Championship. Crews from around the country attend this race as an alternative to the IRA for Club Programs. Rutgers sent the Varsity 8 to compete for the first time ever at ACRA and they were seeded 9th going into the regatta.

On Friday Rutgers had a tough heat with number 1 seeded George Washington next to them. With a surprisingly quick start from Bowdoin College (Maine) Rutgers found themselves in 3rd with 1000 meters to go in the heats. Luckily the Varsity is a second half crew and was able to come back into 2nd place with 300m to go and stay there through the finish line. Placing 2nd advanced them directly to the Saturday A/B Semi-Finals. After a long rest period Rutgers came back on Saturday in the Semi-final to place 4th in the semi, which sent them to the B Final. In the Final there were many familiar faces from crews like Delaware and Bucknell, who the varsity had beaten earlier in the season and Bowdoin and Virginia, who they had beaten earlier in the regatta. Again 1000 meter into the race Rutgers was sitting in 4th and had a lot of ground to make up on Bucknell, Virginia and Bowdoin. The Scarlet Knights dug deep and were able to pull ahead of all other crews except Virginia who had an excellent sprint to keep their bow ahead of the Rutgers boat.

All crews had a great season and are looking forward to Summer racing for some and an even more successful 2023 season.

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Rutgers Crew at the Dad Vail for the First time in 80 years

Rutgers Crew at the Dad Vail for the First time in 80 years

The Crew traveled for Philadelphia this weekend to race in the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta. Rutgers raced in the Novice 8, Varsity Pair and Varsity 8 events this weekend against some tough competition from all over the Country.

The Varsity pair started the Regatta for Rutgers and started it with a bang. They finished 1st in their heat advancing to the Grand Final on Saturday. In the Grand Final Rutgers was able to get ahead of most of the pack but battled Merchant Marine Academy from wire to wire. Merchant Marine was able to stay just ahead of the Rutgers Pair but that still landed Rutgers on the Medal dock for the first time since the Varsity 8 won the event in 1944. Congratulations to Seniors Gavin and Clayton for an awesome performance and a great 4 years as oarsmen on the Banks.

The Novice 8 drew the fastest heat of the day and even with a well rowed race was edged out of 2nd place in the heat by West Point who finished just 0.5 seconds ahead of the Rutgers boat. The Novices raced again on Saturday in the Petite Final and were able to win that even by 15 seconds. While winning the petite was bitter sweet the Novices rowed well and we look forward to what they can accomplish in the years to come!

The Varsity 8 also had a tough heat Friday morning. They placed 4th which sent them to the Repachage on Friday Afternoon. After being frustrated with their performance in the Heat Rutgers came out swigging and was able to win the Repachage and advance into the Semi-finals on Saturday. The Semi-final was a fast race and despite being tired from the day before Rutgers was able to advance to the Petite final. In the Final Rutgers put on a very strong showing, getting into their rhythm early in the race and inching every crew on the river all the way down the course. Rutgers finished 3rd with closed water to Marietta who took second behind Jacksonville. The Varsity gave it their all after a long weekend of Racing and looks forward to ACRAs where they hope for another strong performance.

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Collins Cup Recap

Collins Cup Recap

Columbia and Rutgers have been racing each other for well over 60 years each spring.  The two teams have always been competitive and this year is no different.  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic this is has been the longest Hiatus of the racing for the Collins cup since its inception in 2001.  

Rutgers Crew Traveled to Overpeck Park in Leonia NJ, the new race site for all the Columbia Crews on Saturday Morning.  Conditions were clear with a building headwind.  All Rutgers Crews had very strong showings and showed improvement over previous race results.

Visit Row2k.com for full results:  https://www.row2k.com/results/resultspage.cfm?UID=48F7ED4AF186C118EDAE6D47532C1A5D&cat=1

Rutgers heads into exams this week and will be training hard in preparation for the Dad Vail on May 13th & 14th.  This will be the first time Rutgers will be attending the Dad Vail since winning the event five straight times in 1938-1942.   

Rutgers Wins over Bucknell and Delaware

Rutgers Wins over Bucknell and Delaware

In the afternoon of Saturday April 23rd, Rutgers Hosted University of Delaware and Bucknell University at home on the Raritan for the first Home race in over 3 years.  The Novice 8 had a strong start against Bucknell's 3rd Varsity but was unable to hand on to the lead and ultimately fell to the Bison.  The 2V lined up in Lane 2 with the Delaware 2V in Lane 3 and the Bucknell 2V in Lane 1.  After a hard fought Race Rutgers crossed the line second to Bucknell but having made up time on that boat from the previous weekend.  At Slack tide the Varsity Lined up in Lane 1 next to Bucknell in 2 and Delaware in 3.  Bucknell had a strong start but the V8 was able to hand on to them and walk back through them to cross the finish line first!  It was a very similar result to the previous week down in Philadelphia at the Kerr cup and was very close right to the last few strokes (see the picture <<<< to see how close.)  It was a great weekend for all Rutgers Crews.  Thanks to Bucknell and Delaware for making the trip.  

Click Here For full Race Results:  https://www.row2k.com/results/resultspage.cfm?UID=2950C3E506BEF18669938579C85DC14C&cat=1

Rutgers Wins Petite Final at Kerr Cup

Rutgers Wins Petite Final at Kerr Cup

Rutgers Varsity and JV boats travelled to Philadelphia to Race in the Kerr Cup Regatta. As racing got started in the morning with heats both Rutgers Boats raced hard and qualified for the Petite Finals in the afternoon. Into a driving headwind the JV was able to cross the line second to Bucknell. In the Varsity race, Bucknell jumped out to a quick lead but Rutgers was able to stay connected to them through the middle of the race and in the last few strokes Rutgers was able to get their bow back out in front to win the Petite Final.

Full results can be found here: http://www.kerrcupregatta.com/2022

This weekend will be a Re-row of the finals from the Kerr Cup with Bucknell and University of Delaware coming to the Raritan Saturday afternoon.

Hope to see you on the banks.

Collins Cup Rescheduled

Collins Cup Rescheduled

Due to Extenuating Circumstances the Collins Cup will not be competed this Saturday April 9th. Instead the race will occur on April 30th. Hope to see you all there.

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