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Olympic Gold Takeover!

By RNJ 10/02/2019, 12:00pm EDT

Gold Medalist visits Row New Jersey

Row New Jersey Olympic Gold Takeover!

Row New Jersey's staff  set out to inspire when an Olympic Gold Medalist, Lindsay Shoop was invited to  guest-coach take-over  girl’s practice on Tuesday evening. The energy and engagement were palpable as Lindsay shared her experience competing at the highest levels of the sport.

The Row New Jersey girls had the opportunity to learn from Lindsay’s Olympic training and conditioning techniques, as she worked with the team to help them improve their stroke, movement, and efficiency on the water. This was a unique opportunity for the team to receive new insights and techniques from a truly exceptional rower and coach. 

Lindsay started her rowing career in the spring semester of her junior year at the University of Virginia. She was a three-time World Champion in the Women’s eights of 2006, 2007 & 2009. Her crowning achievement was the 2008 Summer Olympics, where she won a gold medal in the two-seat of the women's eight. This win was the first U.S. Rowing Olympic Gold in 24 years.

“Row New Jersey is grateful for the time Ms. Shoop spent with the girl’s team,” said Jennifer Kilroy, Board Vice President and mother of both a girl’s and middle-school team rower. “She gave the girls tangible skills to help take their rowing to the next level, and inspired them to envision a future in rowing.”

Row New Jersey, located on Lake Hopatcong, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation 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. For more information, please visit or contact Rowing Director, Robert Welsh at

Lake Hopatcong Water Quality Update

August 19, 2019 


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 or contact Robert Welsh at

For more information on the DEP advisory

Introducing ROW NEW JERSEY!

Top NJ rowing team leans into a future of growth with a name change - in the wake national performance

This summer  the Mountain Lakes Rowing Club situated on Lake Hopatcong  re-launched as “Row New Jersey”.

Row New Jersey is a competitive pre-collegiate rowing team established in 2007. The team draws on middle school and high school students from over 15 towns in North and Central New Jersey, including Mendham, Morristown, Summit, Madison, Bernardsville, Roxbury, Chester, Boonton and Mountain Lakes. “As we lean into a position of growth for the future, it’s important that our team name reflects the diversity of the communities that we pull from” states Rob Welsh, Coaching Director of Row New Jersey.  Row New Jersey provides participation opportunities for beginners and novice rowers all the way to competitive varsity crew teams for boys and girls.