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Saturday, May 6: Mid-Atlantic Prep League Championship @ Home (Mercer Lake, West Windsor NJ)

From PEDDIE.ORG: Girls Capture MAPL Cup, Boys Take Second

Peddie girls' crew finished atop the standings in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League Championships and the boys claimed the runner-up spot on Saturday at Mercer Lake's 1,500 meter course.

"This was a great day for the varsity girls," said head girls' coach and crew director Barb Grudt. "From start to finish, everyone fought hard and raced well in tough conditions. It was clear that each boat came to race. The coxswain deserve a lot of credit for keeping their crews in their lanes in the stiff crosswind.

"The second varsity battled side-by-side with Blair looking for an opportunity that Blair wouldn’t allow to come. Our first varsity team left nothing to doubt as they drove to an early lead during the starting strokes and increased their advantage to a length of open water by the end."

On the boys' side, the Falcons recorded one win as the second varsity entry nudged past Lawrenceville to grab the race by a little over two seconds.

"Peddie and Lawrenceville pulled away from the field early, with our boat pushing hard for a slight open water lead at the 750 meter mark," said boys' head coach Joe Murtaugh. "Lawrenceville attacked relentlessly in the last 500, but we were able to hold them off in the home stretch. Fairly certain this is the first time Peddie boys have won a race at MAPLs since the event started in 2007."

The MAPL Cup goes to the school scoring the lowest number of points in the first, second and third varsity fours with coxswain. This year's results are under a new points system with more weight given to the first varsity.



Saturday/Sunday, May 13-14: Mid-Atlantic District Championship @ Home (Mercer Lake, West Windsor NJ)

FROM PEDDIE ATHLETICS: Boys' Crew Qualifies for Youth National Championships

It was not a perfect day for racing, but the results were perfect as the Peddie boys' first varsity four boat consisting of rowers senior Nick Filosa, junior Mark Rust, junior Paul Cornelius, senior Oliver Crane and junior cox Manas Kaushik captured first place at the 8th annual Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships held Saturday on the weather-shortened course on Mercer Lake in West Windsor.

The gold qualifies Peddie for USRowing’s Youth National Championship Regatta in Sarasota, Florida, June 9-11. An announcent is forthcoming on whether the team can work out scheduling conflicts and attend nationals.

In consideration of adverse weather conditions, time trials were conducted over a 1,900-meter distance to determine final placements. To punch a ticket to nationals, crews had to place among the top three in their respective events.

"We captured our first win in this event, besting a field of 21, and finishing an impressive nine seconds in advance of the silver medal winner," said boys' head coach Joe Murtaugh.

The Mid-Atlantic District, one of 12 qualifying events for Youth Nationals, includes Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania (Eastern) and Virginia.

Friday/Saturday, May 19-20: Sotesbury Cup Regatta, Philadelphia PA

From PEDDIE.ORG: Crew Has Great Effort in Top-Notch Field at Stotesbury Regatta

The Peddie girls' and boys' senior fours each finished fourth at the 91st Stotesbury Cup Regatta in Philadelphia on Saturday. Billed as the world's oldest and largest high school competition, the two-day event on the Schuylkill attracted schools from the East, Midwest, and Canada.

Peddie was the only school to place crews in both the girls' and boys' senior four finals.

Senior cox Emily Wagner, senior stroke Britini Strobeck, sophomore three seat Charlotte Heacock, sophomore two seat Regan Cook and junior bow Charlotte Quinn navigated the 1,500 meters in 5:33.33, just one second short of making the podium. The team finsihed second out of 57 entries in the closely contested time trials.

On the boys' side, the senior four comprised of junior cox Isabel Guerrero, junior stroke Mark Rust, senior three seat Oliver Crane, junior two seat Paul Cornelius and senior bow Oliver Watkins completed the time trial fourth out of 54 entries and then fought through a stacked semifinal to grab second and qualify for finals.

In the time trials on Friday, the Falcon junior four of juniors, Manas Kaushik (cox), Anthony Testa (stroke), Oliver Finlay (three seat), Wenbo Li (bow) and freshman Trevor Probst (two seat) finished eighth out of 58 boats, advancing to the semifinals, where they missed qualifying for the finals by one spot.

"I am proud of the low-maintenance way the team handled the lineup changes and adversity, as they have all year long, with no drama, just hard rowing," said head boys' coach Joe Murtaugh.

Girls' senior four results
Girls' junior four results
Boys' senior four results
Boys' junior four results

From Coach Murtaugh:

This was the best overall performance from the Peddie Boys at this regatta in a long time.

In the time trials on Friday, our junior four finished 8th out of 58 entries, advancing to the semi-finals, where they fought hard and finished third, just missing an advance to the finals.The senior four did a fantastic job all weekend, finishing 4nd out of 54 entries in the time trial, less than a second out of second place. After a slow start in the semis, spotting the field a length in the first twenty strokes, they fought through the pack to take the lead heading into the final sprint, where CBA caught them in the final strokes of the race. In the final, they fell just short of a medal, finishing fourth, the highest Stotesbury finish for a Peddie four at least since 2011-in ’15 we finished 5th in this event.

Peddie was the only school to place crews in both the girls and boys senior four finals-the girls also finished fourth.

It is worth noting that both of our boats shifted lineups in the week since Mid-Atlantics due to eligibility rules at the Stotesbury Regatta, and illness/injury; the junior four reshuffled on the morning of the time trial. Both fours raced with grit and determination under challenging circumstances, and improved with every trip down the course. Particular kudos go to Trevor Probst, who responded to the call at 5:00am Friday to fill in with the junior four. I am proud of the low-maintenance way the team handled the change/adversity, as they have all year long, with no drama, just hard rowing.

The Stotesbury Cup is our season ending regatta. Though the first four qualified for Junior Nationals with their win at Mid-Atlantics, scheduling and travel conflicts prevent our attendance this year.

Complete Peddie Stotes results here.

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Update posted by Peddie Crew Team Parent Volunteers On May 03, 2017

With over half of the spring racing season over, there is still time to help fund the PEDDIE GIRLS & BOYS CREW RACE DAY SNACKS AND FOOD campaign! 26 generous donors have contributed to 64% of the fundraising goal of $4000. The Falcons still have three important regattas to go this season and rowers are always very hungry after they race or while they are waiting for their race to begin!I If you haven’t contributed yet, please consider doing so - thanks in advance for EVERYONE’S support!

Saturday/Sunday, April 22-23: Mercer Sprints @ Home (Mercer Lake, West Windsor NJ)

FROM PEDDIE.ORG: An Impressive Weekend for Peddie Crew

Peddie crew captured four medals at the 2017 Mercer Lake Sprints hosted by the Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA) and the Interscholastic Sculling Association (ISA).

This highly competitive regatta is open to all high school and junior rowing clubs. The event attracted 2,500 athletes and nearly 5,000 spectators from as far away as Georgia and Illinois to compete in the two-day program. Varsity races were run at 2,000 meters.

Both boys' third varsity fours with coxswain raced outstanding flights and rowed away with silver medals in the one-and-done heats on Saturday. The No. 2 varsity four boat finished second in their qualifying heat and held off two competitors to earn the bronze in Sunday's finals. The No. 1 Falcon entry made the packed finals and took fifth place.

"Every boat met or exceeded expectations in an event which tested our speed over 2,000 meters against many larger club teams as well as a slate of competitive high school crews," said boys' head coach Joe Murtaugh. "This is the best performance we’ve had recently at Mercer Sprints, and should pay dividends as we prepare for Hun and beyond. I’m proud of the way everyone raced and conducted themselves over a demanding weekend."

None of the girls' crews progressed to the finals, but the first varsity four with cox rebounded and defeated Blair in the opening heat by over four seconds. The third varsity four finished second in their flight and grabbed a silver. By rules of the meet, only first and second varsity crews can advance from the heats to the finals.

"The great thing about our racing is that all boats felt like they rowed better than last week," said Barb Grudt, program director and girls' head coach. "We’ve had some notably good workouts this week with significant improvements in rhythm and natural increases in stroke rates for this time of year. The novices in the eights successfully completed their second race after only 17 water workouts this spring compared to many of their counterparts who train year-round. “

"Still work to do before next week’s race against Hun for the Perry-Johnson Cup and everyone is excited for it."

Saturday, April 29: Perry-Johnson Cup @ Home (Mercer Lake, West Windsor NJ)

FROM PEDDIE.ORG: Crew Nearly Sweeps Hun in Taking Perry-Johnson Cup

Another Saturday on Mercer Lake, another successful set of races for Peddie crew as the Falcons stroked past Hun School to claim the Perry-Johnson Cup for the eighth time in the last nine attempts.

Peddie showed off its depth by winning seven of eight races.

"Each of the girls’ boats did a great job today," said program director and girls' head coach Barb Grudt. "Despite falling off the pace, the novices rowed solidly and consistently from start to finish, no small feat for a young crew that’s only been together a few weeks. With one injured rower, they adapted well to a new line-up.

"The varsity boat (Cox-Emily Wagner, stroke-Britini Strobeck, 3-Charlotte Heacock, 2-Regan Cook, bow-Charlotte Quinn) rowed a dominant first 500 meters to take a commanding early lead and then maintained a steady uncontested pace the rest of the way to the finish.

"Our second varsity (C-Natasa Rohacs, stroke-Michelle Lu, 3-Lucia Middleton, 2-Libbey Sullivan, bow-Natalie Cappuzzo) had the closest race of the day gaining a one length lead by the end of the first 500 and then fending off repeated challenges to finish with a length of open water over Hun. All in all, it was a perfect day for each boat to learn just what it needed to as we look toward next week’s MAPL Championship."

On the boys' side of the 1,500 meter layout, the Novice 8 race was a classic seesaw battle. Peddie (bow-Max Kilbourne, 2-Ivan Chung, 3-Tarun Chandrasekara, 4-Winston Yang, 5-Matt Armellino, 6-Arjun Bhangalia, 7-Kabir Mohan, stroke-Igor Olchanski, cox-Hall Harrison) gained a nearly one-length advantage off the start, but Hun pulled back gradually to within two seats by the 500-meter mark. For the remaining 1,000 meters, the crews sparred back-and-forth, with Peddie pulling it out by a seat at the finish.

"This was a gutsy race by both crews," said boys' head coach Joe Murtaugh. "The rest of our lineups won by comfortable margins over the Raiders to conclude a great day of competitive racing."Lineups and Results

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Update posted by Peddie Crew Team Parent Volunteers On Apr 16, 2017

Saturday, April 1: Blair @ Home (Mercer Lake, West Windsor NJ)


Wednesday, April 5: Hill @ Home (Mercer Lake, West Windsor NJ)


Saturday, April 8: Overpeck Regatta @ Overpeck County Park, Ridgefield NJ

FROM COACH GRUDT: We went to Overpeck Park in hopes of gaining some race experience and competing against crews with a range of abilities. We came away with two damaged boats and a lot of stories about wind and rocks and perseverance. There were lessons learned about rowing in strong cross-winds and race experience was gained. Even the novices, whose races were canceled, learned about de-rigging and loading boats on the trailer for away races. We all experienced the typical “hurry up and wait” feeling of a regatta with unpredictable weather delays. How to manage that and be ready to race when the time comes is a lesson in itself.

With two athletes doubling between the 2Varsity and 1V while two team members take a break to manage some injuries, we weren’t at full strength in that event. It will be interesting to see how much of the 16 second gap the 1V can make up the next time they see Blair Academy.

I give all of the athletes and coxswains a lot of credit for using common sense under questionable conditions. Results can be found, with many inaccuracies due to the floating starts and other factors at the finish line.

FROM COACH MURTAUGH: Conditions: sunny, 52 degrees, 15mph NW wind-strong cross-headwind with chop

Given that both our spring trip and dual race against Blair were canceled because of bad weather, I’m grateful to have at least some of our boats get the opportunity to race. That being said, the wind conditions at the Overpeck Regatta were challenging, prompting the cancellation of all the novice and small boat events.

Larger regattas often race heats and finals; in this race, entries were randomly drawn into “one and done” flights. With floating starts, and strong variable winds, it’s impractical to compare times between heats, even when the times are posted. Note: At the time of this writing, official times in the varsity A flight were not yet available.

Given we’ve had scant opportunity to boat four fours in practice, our two JV entries were boated evenly this week to balance the experience level in each entry so that they might better handle the difficult conditions. Both crews raced well, with our B entry winning their flight, and our A entry finishing second. Our varsity fours, after a lengthy delay, also successfully battled the conditions as well as their opponents, with our B entry finishing a close second but edging Blair’s first four. Our Varsity A entry won their flight in the next race.

I’m proud of how the team handled the delay and battled in the windy conditions. Two firsts and two seconds is a good first step into our season. We’ll look to build on these achievements when we face Lawrenceville on Wednesday. Full results, although they contain some omissions and inaccuracies, are here .

Wednesday, April 12: Lawrenceville/Brown Cup @ Home (Mercer Lake, West Windsor NJ)

FROM COACH GRUDT: Thank you for your food support and cheering again yesterday. I'm not sure the kids quite realized what it meant to win The Brown Cup until they read the trophy and saw that Peddie has only one it five times and tied once in the 24 year history of the event! The last time was in 2009. The special thing about yesterday's win was that it was the result of success in both the boys' and girls' first and second varsity boats. I can't remember the last time that the boys beat Lawrenceville in either of those events. The trophy is a points trophy that counts the combined results of both boys and girls together.

Conditions:6-12 mph wind swinging from WSW to WNW (tailwind).Sunny, 68 degrees

Comments: Peddie last won the Brown Cup in 2009.A points trophy, the Brown Cup is contested in eight events, the boys’ and girls’ 1V Four, 2V Four, 3V Four and Novice Eight. Under the new points system established last year, Peddie won the Cup with a score of 48 to 44.

Racing began with the Novice Eights. This was the first time most had tried to start from a fixed start bridge, which requires backing skills. After several failed attempts, all three crews got locked on and began their race. Just as Lawrenceville began to get their bow ball in front of the pack, one of their rowers caught a major crab causing the boat to stop. Our novices seized the opportunity to take the lead until the 1000 meter mark at which point Lawrenceville got themselves re-organized and one of our girls’ oars came out of the oarlock. Lawrenceville came back for the win. Our novices have only rowed for about three weeks. It was great to see them row all eight the whole way down the course! Our 3V* had some steering issues off the start veering into Lawrenceville’s 4V.All three crews restarted from about 150 meters into the course and successfully reached the finish line without further incident. The 2V and 1V led from the start consistently opening their respective leads the whole way down the 1500 meter course.

All of the girls raced hard and maintained their technique as consistently as I have seen yet this spring at full pressure. The conditions were bumpy and challenging but much more manageable than last weekend. .Everyone did a great job today. Special kudos go out to the boys’ 1V and 2V for beating Lawrenceville in two very close races.


Mercer Lake Conditions: sunny, 65 degrees 8-13mph northwest wind, building throughout racing, changing from a fast, flat tail to kind of bumpy by the end of things. Order of racing: 3v, 2v, 1v, 4v

Novice 8: Lawrenceville B stopped when an oar popped out of their oarlock around 150 meters; then Peddie had an over the head crab which stopped them dead for a bit as well. Both continued down the course with Lawrenceville A in a commanding lead. Given the amount of water time our novice have had thus far (not much) they made it through their first race a little bloodied, but will be better prepared for their next trip down the course.

4V: Raced hard and well, considering very little preparation in the four, but were outmatched by a physically stronger and deeper Lawrenceville squad.

3V: Went toe-to-toe with the Big Red for the first three minutes, with barely a seat separating the crews. With a little over 500 to go Lawrenceville pressed out to a few seats lead which they extended in the last 250.

2V: I don’t think more than a couple of seats separated the crews in the early going of the race. Peddie pressed at about the two minute mark earning nearly a length, but Lawrenceville hung on, steadily making up ground until they mounted a furious charge in the last 250 which Peddie resisted, pushing back out to the final margin of about four seats.

1V: An oddly similar race to the 2v. Peddie pushed out to a couple of seats very early, with the Big Red pressing back during the settle. Both boats were level until the two minute mark, when Peddie moved out to a 4-5 seat lead. Lawrenceville stopped the move and came back strongly in the last 250, an effort we were able to match to get the win by the narrowest of margins. It was kind of bumpy in the last 500 for the 1V and 4V fours.

Peddie wins the Brown Cup, a joint point trophy with the girls, 48-44, for the first time since 2009. Today is the first time a Peddie 1V has defeated Lawrenceville in at least 12 years. I’m proud of the way everyone raced and otherwise conducted themselves today.

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