Latest Rutgers Crew News
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.
UPSTREAM RED TEAM.
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.
UPSTREAM RED TEAM!
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
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 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.
Rutgers Takes Third at Murphy Cup
Rutgers Opened the Season in Philadelphia at the 39th Murphy Cup Regatta Hosted by Temple University. The day started with the Varsity easily advancing to the grand final in the afternoon. The Second Varsity and Novice 8 did not have heats but preformed well in their finals. Both finished 3rd in their respective events. The Varsity had a great race where they rowed hard and well together to come in 3rd in the Grand Final to finish out the day. All around a great start for the Red Team! Next race is against Columbia at Overpeck Park on Saturday April 9th in the afternoon.
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Member of The Rutgers Crew Class of '90 Receives 2nd Star in Airforce
"Major General Anthony ""Awgie"" Genatempo, Coxswain from the class of '90 is being honored today and receiving his second start as a Major General in the Airforce.
Awgie was a great member of the crew and helped propel many great crews to victory in his tenure at the helm.
Members of some of his crews want commemerate their teammate by sharing some of their fondest memories of their time together on The Banks.
Follow the link to enjoy:
Congrats Awgie from all members past and present of Rutgers Crew"
Spring Season Suspended
It is with a heavy heart that we inform our community of the suspension of the spring season.
Following the guidance of the University, State Officials, USRowing and the CDC the Spring Racing Season and on campus practice has been suspended until further notice. The team is taking this news in stride and all have access to rowing machines to make sure they maintain fitness in these unsure times.
We are all hopeful that this will end sooner rather than later and will keep all of you informed as more information comes to light.
Stay safe everyone, and remember to keep the scarlet in the van'.
Upstream Red Team
2020 Spring Banquet
The Annual Spring banquet will be held this year on Saturday March 14th 2020 in the Neilson Dinning Hall on Cook Campus. The Alumni Reception hosted by Tom McKay '69 and Jeff Klepacki '90 will kick off the event at 5:00 PM with the main reception starting at 5:30PM. To register print out the document from the link below and return by March 7th. Any questions please contact Coach Specca firstname.lastname@example.org Looking forward to seeing all alumni and parents to help jump start the spring racing season.
Rutgers on the Water!
After a mild winter all teams are back on the water! On February 10th the Men's Crew assembled at the boathouse in the early morning hours with gloves and wrenches ready. With the help of a local crane company the dock pieces were lifted from the boat yard where they were stored and out onto the frigid waters of the Raritan. Members of the crew jumped on and floated the pieces into position and other members got to work securing them to the the bulkhead and arranging them into the familiar form of the Rutgers docks. This is the earliest that the Crew has been able to get out on the Raritan in recent memory and promises to have the crews ready to race for the quickly approaching spring season.
Crew Ends Successful Trip to Florida
Melbourne, FL - The Men's Crew completed their annual winter training trip, again travelling to Melbourne Florida. Three eights and a four of Varsity and Freshman rowers trained twice a day for a week in great conditions on Canal 54. The many miles rowed contribute to what is a challenging but rewarding experience. All the athletes made great strides toward improving their technique and fitness. They now transition back indoors to continue preparations for the racing season.
Rutgers Closes out Fall Racing at Home
Rutgers Crew hosted the 9th annual Rutgers Fall Classic Regatta on Saturday. After a day of heavy rain, the Raritan River was running high and fast for the day's racing. The freshmen eights raced the full distance, upstream for 2.5 miles. The Varsity fours which raced later in the day rowed a shortened course of 1.75 miles. Rutgers Freshmen finished 8th, 10th, and 11th,behind Navy lightweights, Navy heavyweights, and Bucknell. Rutgers varsity fours finished 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 9th. The top Rutgers four covered the 1.75 mile course in 15:56, 26 seconds off the winning Bucknell crew. The crew now looks forward toward preparing for the spring racing season.
Varsity Finishes 13th at Head of the Charles Regatta
The Rutgers Varsity Eight competed in Boston for the 54th Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday. The crew finished 13th out of 35 crews in blustery conditions in the collegiate eight. Based on their finish in the top half of the field, the team has a guaranteed entry for next year's event.
Crew Competes at Navy Day Regatta
The crew traveled to Philadelphia for the Navy Day Regatta on Saturday October 13th. Rutgers entered two eights in the varsity eight category, finishing 9th and 23rd. Navy won the event with a time of 12:05, ahead of the two Rutgers crews finishing in 12:35 and 13:32.