Friday, April 5, 2013

US Rowing April 2013



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2013 USRowing Calendar
Check out a listing of this year's events and locations on the 2013 USRowing Events Calendar. Traveling to an event? Please support our partners EMC VenuesUnited Airlines andHilton HHonors. For booking flights through United, please refer to the instructions on how to apply USRowing's discount code.

Visit USRowing at the 2013 San Diego Crew Classic
Are you racing at the 2013 San Diego Crew Classic this weekend, or cheering on your favorite team? Stop by the USRowing tent, located in the Trade Show area on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7. Take the rowing trivia challenge and win cool gear and prizes, sign up for a FREE Basic USRowing membership or meet two-time Olympic gold medalists Mary Whipple and Susan Francia, who will be at the tent from 1-2 p.m. on Sunday.

April Registered Regattas
Click below for a list of this month's USRowing Registered Regattas. For more information about how to register your event, or contact Sean Smalley, or (609) 751-0706.

USRowing Unveils Row to Rio Logo
The rowing community has spoken! USRowing is pleased to announce the winning Row to Rio logo, selected from over 120 entries. People took part in the contest through online voting, followed by nominations from the selection committee to narrow down the finalists last month. More than 9,000 votes were cast and the winner is Jake Mercuri of Cincinnati, Ohio.Congratulations Jake!

2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup I
In the first international event of the season, the United States won medals in five of the six events it entered at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup I March 22-24 at the Sydney International Regatta Center in Penrith, Australia. The U.S. won silver in the women’s pair, women’s quadruple sculls, women’s eight and men’s eight, and bronze in the women’s single sculls. Host nation Australia topped the medals table with gold in four events. Click below for full results, videos and photos.

Training Center Blog at
USRowing Training Center athlete Meghan O’Leary shares her insights on training, racing and the life of an elite rower. O’Leary began rowing less than three years ago and joined the Princeton Training Center in November of 2011 after attending a National Team Identification Camp earlier that fall. Join her journey to Rio!

Rudy Project Signs Four-Year Sponsor Agreement
Rudy Project, a leading global manufacturer of high performance eyewear, has signed a four-year agreement as the official eyewear, prescription eyewear and helmet sponsor of USRowing. As part of the sponsorship, Rudy Project will provide eyewear to the U.S. National Team and will offer extensive benefits to the USRowing membership, with proceeds benefitting the U.S. National Team. Elevate your performance with official USRowing eyewear! Here's how USRowing members can get 25% off of Rudy Project gear: go to, add items to cart / checkout and enter VIP code: usrowing. Here's how USRowing members can get 25% off of Rudy Project prescription eyewear: go to, add items to cart / checkout and enter VIP code: usrowing.

2013 Women's Under 23 National Team Camp Acceptances
USRowing is pleased to announce that 26 athletes have been accepted to the 2013 Women’s Under 23 National Team Selection Camp in Princeton, N.J. The camp will select the women’s eight and the women’s quadruple sculls crews that will compete at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships July 24-28 in Linz, Austria. Go USA!

National Learn to Row Day
The 12th-annual National Learn to Row Day sponsored by USRowing and Concept2 will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2013, in rowing clubs and health clubs throughout the United States. Competitive and recreational rowers range in age from 12 to over 90, so it is never too early or too late to take up the sport. Interested in hosting a National Learn to Row Day event? Click the link below and complete an online participation form. USRowing will provide all clubs with National Learn to Row Day materials to assist in hosting and promoting the event.

April Coaching Feature / Bo Hanson
Have you ever noticed how some rowers “get” instructions immediately, while for others it takes a while for things to click? As a coach, this is something you’ve had to deal with on numerous occasions. Many coaches develop their own ways of “working” with their athletes and having a well-proven framework can be extremely useful. What I mean, when I talk about “working” with your rowers, is creating an effective method of helping them learn. We understand all rowers and athletes are unique and cannot be coached in exactly the same way. Each of your rowers is likely to learn in their own unique way, knowing how they learn is the key to helping them improve (and reducing your stress too!)

April Masters Rowing Feature / Charlotte Hollings
While the calendar says it’s spring, it sure doesn’t feel like it here on the east coast! Despite that, I’m sure many of you are beginning to venture out onto the water to begin the 2013 season. There are so many things to think about during those first few weeks back in the boat, but none more important, I believe, than staying relaxed. Nervousness leads to tension; tension leads to bad rowing; bad rowing makes the boat less stable, which makes us more nervous and the cycle just escalates.

SAVE THE DATE! 2013 USRowing Golf Outing and Auction
The 17th Annual Golf Outing and Live Auction to benefit the United States National Team will take place Monday, June 3, 2013, at the Bedens Brook Golf Club in Skillman, N.J. With support from participants, sponsors and donors at its largest fundraising event of the year, USRowing is able to provide its athletes with the best possible coaching, training and competitive experiences necessary in their quest for success at both the world championships and Olympic Games.

April Safety Feature / Willie Black
A novice crew was warming up for its first collegiate sprint race. It was the end of the spring break training trip and were all primed and ready to go. The warm-up was going great, the rowers were focused on executing the planned warm-up, and the coxswain was making sure that they were focused and hitting their ratings. There was nothing between them and their first victory. Well, almost nothing. Actually, it was a 1,000-pound steel buoy, painted bright green, and it even had a little light on top, but they still hit it dead on.

Gear Kits Available from USRowing
Everything you need to get your season started! Pre-packaged gear kits for coaches, coxswains and referees are now available from USRowing. Save up to 40% on name-brand items. Click on the link below for more information and order forms.

Volunteers Needed for 2013 USRowing Events!
The 2013 National Selection Regattas I and II are scheduled for April 24-27 and May 15-18. We are in need of volunteers for a variety of positions - finish line assistants, launch drivers, stakeboat holders and video assistants. A list of all volunteers slots is posted on the NSR event pages of the USRowing website. If you are available, please join us at Mercer Lake in West Windsor, N.J. Contact Liz Soutter for more information at or (609) 751-0714. View volunteer positions for NSR I (scroll to bottom of page). View volunteer positions for NSR II (scroll to bottom of page)
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