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2023 Fall Season Recap

Dave Specca

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.

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