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By RNJ 06/22/2021, 12:30pm EDT

Class of 2021

The coaches, families and friends of Row New Jersey extend congratulations and best wishes to the Row New Jersey members of the Class of 2021.

Row New Jersey is a competitive club rowing program that brings together athletes from schools near and far including Morris, Somerset, Union, Essex, Passaic, Warren and Hunterdon counties. This year’s graduating class includes athletes from 8 different area high schools. Rowers from the program compete at the highest levels regionally and nationally. This year the club sent over 35 athletes to compete at nationals in Sarasota, Florida.

This year’s graduating class, composed of 20 athletes, is one of the largest and most impressive classes to have come through the program. Their hard work and dedication have helped elevate Row New Jersey on the regional and national level. After a difficult 2020 of lockdown and cancelled racing this senior class led Row New Jersey to its most successful season in history this spring. Both the boys and girls programs had their highest finishes at nationals ever.

Their accomplishments off the water are just as impressive, and this year’s graduating class will be attending some of the top colleges and universities in the fall.  Several members* of both the boys and girls teams will continue their rowing careers in college committing to D1 programs and college rowing clubs.  Row New Jersey is proud of all they have accomplished with us and look forward to seeing what they will accomplish in the future both on and off the water.

The 20 graduating seniors for Row New Jersey are:

  • Maria Blandon (Mountain Lakes HS) will be attending Indiana University in the fall.
  • Nicole Collins (Mountain Lakes HS) will be attending Cornell University in the fall.
  • Ben Davis* (Delbarton) will be attending The College of the Holy Cross in the fall.
  • Kylie Deitz* (West Morris Mendham HS) will be attending Rollins College in the fall.
  • Kate Drahzal (West Morris Mendham HS) will be attending Miami University in the fall.
  • Alexandra Eversfield (Mountain Lakes HS) will be attending Fairfield University in the fall.
  • Joshua Fritts* (Morristown HS) will be attending the University of Delaware in the fall.
  • Connor Gay* (West Morris Mendham HS) will be attending Santa Clara University in the fall.
  • Elena Gutowski* (West Morris Mendham HS) will be attending George Mason in the fall.
  • Emmett Infante* (Mountain Lakes HS) will be attending Princeton University in the fall.
  • Emily Kilroy* (West Morris Mendham HS) will be attending Columbia University in the fall.
  • Gabriella Masker (Morris Knolls) will be attending the University of Delaware in the fall.
  • Matthew Morfogen* (Delbarton) will be attending Clemson University in the fall.
  • Wilson Morton* (Delbarton) will be attending the University of California Berkeley in the fall
  • Ian Oram (West Morris Mendham HS) will be attending the University of Alabama in the fall.
  • Ryan Spallone (Mountain Lakes HS) will be attending Bucknell University in the fall.
  • Natalie Sturman (Gill St. Bernard’s School) will be attending Northeastern University in the fall.
  • Alexandra Timoney*(Ridge HS) will be attending Tufts University in the fall.
  • Andrew Treger* (Summit HS) will be attending the University of California Berkeley in the fall.
  • Noah Urrutia (Mountain Lakes HS) will be attending Brown University in the fall.
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Congrats to the Class of 2021!

For more information on Row New Jersey visit our website www.rownewjersey.org.

Row New Jersey Athletes are going to Worlds!

After an exciting week at Youth Nationals, where seniors Emmett Infante (Mountain Lakes 21’) and Wilson Morton (Delbarton 21’) earned  a silver medal in the Mens 8+, these teammates stayed behind in Sarasota, FL to get a little more rowing in.  Switching gears, joining 140 U19 athletes from across the country, Emmett and Wil became pair partners to compete  in the time trials for the Junior National Team.  

After a few practice sessions and looming bad Florida weather, Emmett and Wil gave it their all to take first in the time trials.  Despite the bad weather and racing delays, the skies cleared and  Emmett and Wil took to the course at Nathan Benderson once again.  Coach Rob described the finals as “one more final barnburner—trailing most of the race before pulling ahead at the end to cross the lines first over entries from the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and West Coast regions.”

An incredible last 200 meters, with a photo finish worthy .12th of a second ahead of the pair from PNRA/Mercer, these Row New Jersey athletes earned the bid to represent the United States in the Under 19 Mens 2- competing in the 2021 World Rowing Junior Championships , Plovdiv, Bulgaria this August.  

Earning the title as the first Row New Jersey team members in program history to make the Junior National Team,  Emmett and Wilson will head to Chula Vista, California to train for the next few weeks before heading to Bulgaria in August.

Row New Jersey s 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 and  the sport of rowing  contact Rowing Director, Robert Welsh rwelsh@rownj.org or visit www.rownj.org. 

Row New Jersey Shines in the National Spotlight

By RNJ 06/17/2021, 11:00am EDT

RNJ crews earn silver medals!

Row New Jersey achieved unprecedented success at the 2021 US Rowing Youth Nationals in Sarasota Florida. Youth Nationals is the premier spring season finale that crowns the top crews in the country. This year, sending the largest number of athletes in program history, Row New Jersey competed in 8 events with 37 rowers/coxswains in the Youth divisions. Four boats qualified in time trials and semi-finals for the Grand Final events with 2 boats taking home silver medals and 2 boats delivering top six finishes in the country – the best results ever delivered by the program.

Highlights included the Men’s Varsity Pair, consisting of Ian Oram and Ryan Spallone – competing against well-known crews from coast to coast. Capturing the first Row New Jersey Nationals medal in program history, Oram and Spallone delivered a photo finish win over Concord with a time of 7:13.048.

The Men’s Varsity 8 also captured silver in a grueling 2k fight for medal position. The team consisting of  Matt Morfogen, Andrew Treger, Emmett Infante, Wilson Morton, Max Nusbaum, Connor Gay, Thomas McKay, Noah Urrutia, with Maria Blandon coxing, not only delivered a second-place finish in the nation, but also the best performance for Row New Jersey, as well as any youth rowing team’s Varsity8+ in the state’s history.

Another history making event from Row New Jersey was the Girls Varsity 4+, who made it all the way to the grand finals to place 6th in the country – the first female boat to do so in program history. This team, composed of Emily Kilroy, Arielle Nusbaum, Elizabeth Enriquez, Kelly Kim with Kylie Deitz coxing.

Also taking top 6 in the country finishes included the Under 17 2- (pair) of Aidan To and Tristan Hamilton.

“This year marked a new height for the program with so many top performances at the national level.  I couldn’t be prouder of all the students, parents and our coaching staff for their hard work and patience over the last year that made a week like this possible.  I look forward to continuing to build the depth and breadth of this inclusive program.” said Rowing Director, Rob Welsh.

Row New Jersey, located at Lee’s Park Marina on beautiful Lake Hopatcong, offers masters, middle school and high school racing and learn to row programs throughout the year. For more information on Row New Jersey, visit the team site at www.RowNJ.org  or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram. 

Girl's V4+ with the Braxton Family Cup
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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