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Girl's V4+ with the Braxton Family Cup

A Golden Close to the Fall Racing Season for Row New Jersey

By Merrill Eppedio 11/12/2019, 10:00am EST

Girl’s V4+ delivers the coveted Braxton Family Cup

Row New Jersey delivered a strong wrap-up to the fall racing season, competing in two back-to-back regattas at the Cooper River Park in Cherry Hill.

The team kicked off the weekend competing in the Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta, an event known as the culmination of the US Rowing fall schedule for the Northeast. This regatta attracts 42 high school and collegiate teams competing in 32 events with 299 entries. Gold medals are awarded in all events, with no cold temperature rules for racing. With conditions living up to the frostbite name, the first Row New Jersey boats launched in sub-freezing temperatures  - with conditions warming only into the low 40s as the day progressed. Despite the cold, the team competed in 11 races with seven boats taking top-three finishes, including five gold medals in the Men’s Novice 4+, Women’s Varsity 4+, Men’s Novice 8+, Women’s Junior Varsity 8+, and the Men’s Varsity 8+.

The team carried this momentum into Sunday’s Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta for the sixth and final regatta of the season. This regatta, founded by the Braxton family, honors the memory of Bill Braxton, a lightweight 8+ rower who tragically died in an auto accident. The Braxton is traditionally the final regatta of the fall racing season, drawing 43 teams to race in 29 events with 337 entries. Uncharacteristic of fall racing, all high school races at the  Braxton are head-to-head 1500-2000 meter sprints. Row New Jersey, competing in 11 events captured five top-two finishes, including three gold medals in the Men’s Junior Varsity 8+, Women’s Varsity 4+, and Women’s Junior Varsity 4+.

The highlight of the weekend was delivered by the High School Women’s Varsity 4+, who took home the Bill Braxton Family Cup for the second year in a row. This event honors the top Women’s Varsity 4+ team, as determined by a 1500 meter qualifying heat, with the top-six finishers progressing to a 2000 meter final. The team, comprised of Coxswain Kylie Deitz (Chester), (4) Emily Kilroy (Mendham), (3) Arielle Nusbaum (Far Hills), (2) Julia Bartie (Madison), (1) Nicole Collins (Boonton Twp) finished with a time of 7:56.310 besting the closest competition by a margin of 0:13.810.

Rowing Director, Robert Welsh commenting on the weekend performance noted that "the varsity and junior varsity girls really seized the moment to shine - clearing fields of over 20 crews each on Sunday.” The full Row New Jersey team now moves forward into a comprehensive winter training program to continue building their strength and stamina for the spring racing season.

Row New Jersey is now open for enrollment for The Total Athlete Winter Training Program for the 2019-2020 season. This program is open to all athletes in grades 8-12 who are looking for a comprehensive athletic training program to prepare for rowing or spring sports. Located at Power House Fitness on Rt. 10 in Whippany, winter training will take place Mon-Fri (3:30-5:30 pm) from December 9th-February 28th with select holiday breaks.  For more information on Row New Jersey, winter training, or spring racing visit www.rownj.org or contact Robert Welsh at rwelsh@rownj.org

Full Schedule of Events:

Philadelphia Frostbite Regatta:

Boys Nov4+: (Coxswain) Brian Rauchbach (Hopatcong) (4) Tristan Hamilton (Morristown) (3) Ashby Deitz (Chester) (2) Josh Fritts (Morristown) (1) Niko Fox (Randolph) - (1st Place)

Girls 2V4+ ‘A’: (Cox) Annabel Park (Montville) (4) Riley Mills (Califon) (3) Caroline Fabiano (Madison) (2) Charlotte Mirzaian (Madison) (1) Alex Eversfield (Mountain Lakes) - (2nd Place)

Girls 2V4+ ‘B’: (Cox) Kate Drahzal (Mendham) (4) Natale Sturman (Califon) (3) Alexandra Timoney (Basking Ridge) (2) Kaitlyn Kimble (Jefferson) (1) Kelly Kim (Califon) - (3rd Place)

Boys 2V4+: (Cox) Caroline Murphy (Morristown) (4) Charles Moran (Morristown) (3) Matt Gay (Summit) (2) Lukas Wolkenstein (Mountain Lakes) (1) Auden Gu (East Hanover) - (5th Place)

Girls V4+: (Cox) Kylie Deitz (Chester) (4) Emily Kilroy (3) Ella Nielson (Madison) (2) Julia Bartie (1) Nicole Collins - (1st Place)

Boys V4+: (Cox) Maria Blandon (Mountain Lakes) (4) Brandon Edwards (New City) (3) Connor Gay (Mendham) (2) Ben Davis (Summit) (1) Thomas McKay (Summit) - (3rd Place)

Boys Nov8+: (Cox) Brian Rauchbach (8) Tristan Hamilton (7) Niko Fox (6) Josh Fritts (5) Ashby Deitz (4) Liam Cabaj (Mendham) (3) Rohan Hemrajan (Short Hills) (2) Holden Kim (East Hanover) (1) Ethan Levy (Morristown) - (1st Place)

Girls JV8+: (Cox) Kylie Deitz (8) Emily Kilroy (7) Nicole Collins (6) Charlotte Mirzaian (5) Arielle Nusbaum (4) Natale Sturman (3) Giulia Tabacco (2) Carrie Nazarian (Mendham) (1) Alexandra Timoney - (1st Place)

Boys 2V8+ ‘B’: (Cox) Kate Drahzal (8) Tommy Sporer (Morristown) (7) Matt Gay (6) Auden Gu (5) Ashby Deitz (4) Lukas Wolkenstein (3) Harry Finnegan (Summit) (2) Charles Moran (1) Andrew Eppedio (Roxbury)- (4nd Place)

Boys 2V8+ ‘A’: (Cox) Maria Blandon (8) Brandon Edwards (7) Noah Urrutia (Mountain Lakes) (6) Dylan Brown (Hackettstown) (5) Connor Gay (4) Ben Davis (3) Thomas McKay (2) Ryan Spallone (Mountain Lakes) (1) Ian Oram (Mendham) - (2th Place)

Boys V8+: (Cox) Caroline Murphy (8) Max Nusbaum (Far Hills) (7) Andrew Treger (Summit) (6) Emmett Infante (Mountain Lakes) (5) James Daniel (Mountain Lakes) (4) Jarrett Richman (Hewitt) (3) Wilson Morton (Summit) (2) Matt Morfogen (Boonton Twp) (1) Mike Oram (Mendham) - (1st Place)

Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta:

Boys V4+ ‘A’: (Cox) Caroline Murphy (4) Noah Urrutia (3) Ian Oram (2) Ryan Spallone (1) Harry Finnegan - (10th Place)

Boys V4+ ‘B’: (Cox) Maria Blandon (4) Dylan Brown (3) James Daniel (2) Brandon Edwards (1) Thomas McKay - (14th Place)

Girls JV4+ ‘A’: (Cox) Annabel Park (4) Riley Mills (3) Ella Nielson (2) Charlotte Mirzaian (1) Kelly Kim (1st Place)

Girls JV4+ ‘B’: (Cox) Kate Drahzal,(4) Natalie Sturman (3) Caroline Fabiano (2) Kaitlyn Kimble (1) Alex Eversfield (11th Place)

Girls V4+: (Cox) Kylie Deitz (4) Emily Kilroy (3) Arielle Nusbaum (2) Julia Bartie (1) Nicole Collins (1st Place)

Boys Nov8+: (Cox) Brian Rauchbach (8) Tristan Hamilton (7) Niko Fox (6) Josh Fritts (5) Ashby Deitz (4) Liam Cabaj (3) Rohan Hemrajan (2) Holden Kim (1) Aidan Esperance (Budd Lake) (2nd Place)

Boys JV4+: (Cox) Caroline Murphy (4) Tommy Sporer (3) Matt Gay (2) Charlie Moran (1) Andrew Eppedio (20th Place)

Boys V8+: (Cox) Maria Blandon (8) Max Nusbaum (7) Andrew Treger (6) Emmett Infante (5) Wilson Morton (4) Jarrett Richman (3) Connor Gay (2) Matt Morfogen (1) Mike Oram (1st Place)

Boys JV8+: (Cox) Caroline Murphy (8) Brandon Edwards (7) Noah Urrutia (6) Dylan Brown (5) James Daniel (4) Ben Davis (3) Thomas McKay (2) Lukas Wolkenstein (1) Auden Gu (1st Place)

Boys Nov4+: (Cox) Brian Rauchbach (4) Tristan Hamilton (3) Ashby Deitz (2) Josh Fritts (1) Niko Fox (2nd Place)

Girls JV8+: (Cox) Annabel Park (8) Emily Kilroy (7) Nicole Collins (6) Charlotte Mirzaian (5) Caroline Fabiano (4) Kaitlyn Kimble (3) Giulia Tabacco (2) Carrie Nazarian (1) Alexandra Timoney (2nd Place)

 

Inaugural Race for Row New Jersey Middle School Program, Head of the Fish Regatta, Saratoga N.Y.

New opportunities abound for middle school students interested in the sport of rowing.

It’s forty-two degrees, and a steady rain beats down on the Fish Creek shoreline, in Saratoga, New York, as the Row New Jersey Middle School team arrives for their 6 a.m. start time. Huddled in the dark, beneath fifty-foot racing shells stacked 3-levels high, they watch the high school lightweight team rig boats for the middle school debut.

The newly fledged Row New Jersey Middle School team is making history on this day as the first middle school program for Row New Jersey, and the first to race for the team.  

Established in the spring season of 2019, the Row New Jersey Middle School program was designed as a fun, low-key introduction to the sport of rowing. Middle-schoolers row for an hour and a half, three-days per week to learn the fundamentals, safety, and techniques essential to success at more competitive levels of the sport. “We have been working with two boats that have been progressing well since mid-September,” stated Rowing Director, Robert Welsh. “We thought the time was right to give them a taste of the racing experience.”  

Row New Jersey sent 12 middle-schoolers to race at the Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga, NY, along-side the Varsity & Junior Varsity teams. The team, aligned in 2 events - the Boys Junior Freshman 8+ (8 rowers and a coxswain), and a Girls Under-15 coxed quad (4 rowers and a coxswain). 

Taking to the water, in the soaking rain, the middle-schoolers raced a 2.3-mile head race, typical of the fall racing season. Head races position boats in the water at 10-20 second intervals by boat division. The winner of the race is the crew with the shortest elapsed time through the course. “While taking place on a beautiful, well-supervised course, this regatta still presented impressive competition for our youngsters in their inaugural race”,  stated Welsh. “All of our middle-schoolers did a great job steering and pulling together as a team.” 

Overall, the performance of the team was solid. The boys 8+, racing in an older Freshman category, placed 7th out of 8 boats. The girls placed an impressive 7th of 12 in their under-15 category. When asked about her experience middle school racer Aoife Timoney said, “We were excited and nervous, but we knew we were going to do well because we practiced a lot. The race was really tiring because we had to put all of our strength into each stroke, but then it felt really good. We didn’t notice the rain because we were too busy with our friends.” 

One 8th grade Coxswain, Brian Rauchbach, went on to medal in a high school race later in the day - rounding out the contributions of our middle school students. “We couldn’t be more pleased with how the middle-schoolers have come together as a cohesive team,” stated Welsh.“We are proud of the team’s performance, despite the wet and challenging racing conditions and see great potential with this group of athletes.” 

Middle-School Team: Mathew Basta (Boonton Twp), Kalia Cheung (Montville), Brayden Eppedio (Roxbury), Avery Hamilton (Morristown), Claire Hermey (Boonton Twp),  Maxton Kilroy (Mendham), Ethan Levy (Morristown), Elena Mora (Boonton Twp), Griff Sanborn (Summit), Sabrina Saunders (Mendham), Aoife Timoney (Basking Ridge), Aidan To (Denville). Rowing with the middle school team Brian Rauchbach (Hopatcong) & Holden Kim (East Hanover).

Row New Jersey (formerly the Mountain Lakes Rowing Club) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation located on Lake Hopatcong and is devoted to developing the strength, character, and confidence of middle school and high school students as well as masters rowers, through the discipline and teamwork of rowing. Rowers and Coxswains come from multiple communities including Summit, Basking Ridge, Boonton, Budd Lake, Califon, Chester, East Hanover, Far Hills, Hackettstown, Hopatcong, Kinnelon, Madison, Mendham, Morristown, Mountain Lakes, Oak Ridge, Randolph, and Roxbury. To learn more about Row New Jersey, the sport of rowing, and carpool opportunities contact Rowing Director, Robert Welsh rwelsh@rownj.org or visit www.rownj.org.  

 

Row New Jersey Men's Varsity 8+ delivers top Head of the Charles finish - despite a pre-race collision

Less than 24 hours before the biggest race of the season, the Row New Jersey Men's Varsity 8+ was preparing to exit the water after the final practice session at the elite Head of the Charles Regatta, when another boat collided with theirs, pushing them into the dock and opening a two foot crack in the hull of the team’s premier racing shell. The group avoided what surely would have been a debilitating setback when the extraordinary team at Pocock Racing came to their rescue. “Not only did they repair the hull, but they made any hint of a collision virtually undetectable,” stated Row New Jersey Rowing Director, Robert Welsh.

 Thanks to the quick response of Pocock Racing, the Row New Jersey MV8+ was back on the water on Sunday in their newly repaired shell, just in time for the start of their three-mile race. The boys turned in a very competitive 11th place finish out of 86 teams, putting them among the top crews in North America and securing their spot as the fastest entry from New Jersey. The result also earned the team an automatic bid for 2020. When asked about the experience, the team at Pocock said, “We’re a team of boat builders and coaches who know about the equipment, the sport, and the needs of our programs and coaches. We were truly happy to help and it’s awesome to hear how well the boys performed.” 

The boys’ team is one of three boats that Row New Jersey sent to the Head of the Charles this year. Two additional boats, the Women’s Varsity 8+ (WV8+), and the Men’s 2nd Varsity 8+ (M2V8+) participated through lottery bids. The WV8+ placed 39th out of 85, delivering the highest Row New Jersey placement ever in their category, and earning an automatic bid for 2020. The M2V8+, competing with top varsity crews, came in 70th out of 86. Welsh stated, “As the up-and-comers in our second boat, they hopefully enjoyed the big stage and will incorporate their experience into future racing and training.” He continued, “We’ve certainly had developmental crews visit the regatta in the past, and many of those participants went on to great success in our program.”

The Head of the Charles Regatta, originating in 1965, attracts some of the world’s best crew teams to compete in the ultimate two-day rowing event. Every October, the city of Boston welcomes over 11,000 athletes, and tens of thousands of spectators to experience the challenge of head racing through the tight turns and narrow bridges of the Charles River.

Row New Jersey Head of the Charles Crews:

Men’s Varsity 8+: COX - Caroline Murphy (Morristown) 8) Max Nusbaum (Far Hills) 7) Andrew Treger (Summit) 6) Emmett Infante (Mountain Lakes) 5) Wilson Morton (Summit) 4) Jarrett Richman (Hewitt) 3) Michael Oram (Mendham) 2) Matthew Morfogen (Boonton Twp) 1) Noah Urrutia (Mountain Lakes)

 Women’s Varsity 8+: COX - Kylie Deitz (Chester) 8) Emily Kilroy (Mendham) 7) Ella Nielsen (Madison) 6) Riley Mills (Tewksbury) 5) Alexandra Timoney (Basking Ridge) 4) Julia Bartie (Madison) 3) Caroline Fabiano (Madison) 2) Charlotte Mirzaian (Madison)1) Nicole Collins (Boonton Twp)

 Men’s 2nd Varsity 8+: COX - Elena Gutowski (Mendham) 8) Brandon Edwards (New City) 7) Thomas McKay (Summit) 6) Dylan Brown (Hackettstown) 5) James Daniel (Mountain Lakes) 4) Benjamin Davis (Summit) 3) Ian Oram (Mendham) 2) Ryan Spallone (Mountain Lakes) 1) Harry Finnegan (Summit)  

 Row New Jersey (formerly the Mountain Lakes Rowing Club) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation located on Lake Hopatcong. It is devoted to developing the strength, character, and confidence of middle school and high school students as well as masters rowers, through the discipline and teamwork of rowing. Rowers and Coxswains come from multiple communities including Summit, Basking Ridge, Boonton, Budd Lake, Califon, Chester, East Hanover, Far Hills, Hackettstown, Hopatcong, Kinnelon, Madison, Mendham, Morristown, Mountain Lakes, Oak Ridge, Randolph, and Roxbury. To learn more about Row New Jersey, the sport of rowing, and carpool opportunities, contact Rowing Director, Robert Welsh rwelsh@rownj.org or visit www.rownj.org. 

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Lake Hopatcong Water Quality Update

8/19/19 LAKE UPDATE:

Row New Jersey is primed for a competitive fall racing season, as Lake Hopatcong water conditions continue to improve

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), swim advisory has been lifted for 6 beaches ranging from Byram Bay to Halsey Island, including Pebble Beach, Sand Harbor, Bass Rock Beach, Sperry Springs Beach, Beck Lane Beach and CAPP Beach as of August 15th.

“We are encouraged by the improvement in lake conditions, as we start planning for our fall programs”, stated Director of Rowing, Robert Welsh. “As practice begins for our fall racing season, on August 26th, we will continue to operate under an abundance of caution to ensure the health and safety of our team is the highest priority”.

“The team has been practicing on the water with summer sessions since July 25th without incident, and will continue to monitor DEP reports, and operate with strict safety policies and protocols in place” stated Row N.J. Board President, Josh McKay.

Row New Jersey has an active fall schedule planned with Varsity, Junior Varsity and Novice rowing programs for grades 8-12, middle school learn to row programs for grades 6-8, and adult master’s programs for experienced and beginning rowers. Learn more at rownj.org or contact Robert Welsh at RWelsh@RowNJ.org

For more information on the DEP advisory https://www.nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2019/19_0067.htm