Volume 48 | May 2022
Caspersen Rowing Center Happenings
Providing a venue where athletes of all ages, talents and backgrounds have the opportunity to develop their rowing ability to their highest potential.
Saratoga Sprints and Cooper Cup Recaps

Race Recap of Saratoga Invite by Mercer Varsity Girl's Varsity 4+: Carolyn Darcy
After our first race in the four, all of us were super excited but nervous to race in a 1V4+ final. As soon as we got to the line there was a new rush of excitement and readiness. The announcer called a quick start and the flag went down earlier than expected with our boat not having a correct point. We had the worst start out of all the boats putting us in dead last. I don’t remember ever settling during the race
and around 500 meters in was where we really kicked it up and started to go! We walked on 8 boats making us first place in the end! I was screaming for us to walk, and Anika was screaming. It really was an exciting race. My favorite part had to be the last 150 meters when we passed the boat directly next to us after being even the majority of the race. No one wanted the win more than we did

Race Recap of Cooper Cup By Mercer Novice Boy's Cox: Grace Nghiem
It was a beautiful spring day at the Camden Boathouse for the Copper Cup Regatta. All of our boys' novice boats had great showings, including WINS for the Boys 8+ in the second flight and Boys 4+, and exciting finishes in all heats. The cheers and the support from our coaches, teammates, and parents kept us going for the whole-day event. There was so much to be proud of as we realized that the hard work we’ve been putting in all season is definitely starting to pay off. We are all eager to get back to Mercer to make necessary adjustments and more improvements, and so excited to compete in more regattas and prepare for more WINS!

Congratulations to Lawrenceville Seniors Girls !
Here is the list of the seniors from the Lawrenceville Girls Program who are graduating this spring:

Annie Brown - University of California Berkley 
Amelia "Mimi" BrownUniversity of North Carolina- Chapel Hill 
Hanaway Croddick - Lehigh University 
Astrid Gruber -University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill 
Sula HarfGap year abroad in Switzerland 

Congratulations to you all and good luck on your next adventures!
Summer U23 Interest Form!
Anyone interested in participating in a U23 rowing program at Mercer this summer, please check this link for information and the interest form!

Whether or not we hold the program will be dependent on interest, so please fill out the form and spread the word! If you have any questions or issues, please email Jamie (jhamp@rowpnra.org).
Summer Camp Registration
Summer is just around the corner!

Do you know someone who would like to learn to row at the Mercer Learn to Row Summer Camps?

Registration is open for the 2022 Summer Camps. Open to rising 7th through 12th graders.

Women's Rowing U.S. Postage Stamps
 U.S Postal Service will be issuing stamps celebrating the sport of women's rowing. The four new stamps will be issued Today!, May 13, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club. The event is open to the public.

Women's Rowing stamps are now available for pre-order online from USPS.

STEM to Stern Volunteers Needed!
The Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA) is partnering with STEM to Stern and the Princeton University Rowing Programs to eliminate barriers to rowing and STEM education participation. 

We are currently in need of some volunteers to help with transportation.

The start date will be April 26th and run till June 2nd every Tuesday and Thursday. Transportation starts at 2:35 with a pick up at Caspersen and will continue from there to several schools finishing at 4:15 at Caspersen. Transporation from programming is at 6:30 pm and will provide van rides back to Caspersen for volunteers!

Use the attached form to indicate your availability to support the program. We appreciate all of your support. Please let our Outreach and Inclusion Manager (Arlynn Baer) know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Adult Summer Programs
We are excited to announce our Summer Rowing programs for adults.

Rowing in the Barge is a fun, low-key way to get out on the water to enjoy Mercer Lake and get a bit of exercise! All sessions will have an experienced coach on board the ‘rowing barge’ and classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 with the first class on Tuesday, May 24. There is a FREE tryout session on Tuesday, May 17, or Thursday, May 19 for those who want to test it out beforehand.
Adult Learn to Row is a program offered in two 4 week sessions. This is geared toward adults who are interested in learning how to row on the water in a rowing shell. Sessions will meet three times a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) in the evening from 5:45 to 7:15 starting the week of June 20.
We are pleased to offer the Adult Summer Rowing League for those who want to be part of a team and row in an 8 person shell. This is a great opportunity for companies to sponsor a fun outdoor experience with co-workers. It’s also available to individuals who want to learn to row and meet new people. This program will meet once or twice a week (you choose) and you have the option to create your own team of 8 to 10 people or be placed on a team. All teams will have an experienced coach and coxswain assigned to them.
National Learn to Row Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 18. This is a FREE one-day event open to the community, ages 11 and older. Sign up for a 90-minute session that will cover the basics and get you taking strokes out on the water!
Private lessons are available pending water/weather and coach availability. Contact Hilary Gehman to learn more.
Mercer Lake Spring Racing and Volunteering Schedule
USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Regionals: May 14-15

IRA Championships: June 3-5
Host A National Team Rower
Interested in hosting a National Team athlete? The Caspersen Rowing Center is the USRowing National Training Site and athletes who come here to train are often looking for low or no rent housing options as they pursue their Olympic dreams. Click HERE to learn more about this great opportunity. Please reach out to Hilary if you are interested.
Does your employer have a matching gift program?
Check out the Matching Gift finder feature on our website. Click here to find if your employer has a program.
We're all in this together!!
Your support today will make a difference.

Thank you.

Mercer Team gear is still available - face masks, hats, scarves, umbrellas, shirts . . .
Show your Mercer Spirit!
Contact Jules Howarth jhowarth@rowpnra.org
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