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4th May 2008

Essex Rowing traveled upriver today to compete in the 4th Annual Lowell Invitational Regatta...
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19th April 2008

Essex Rowing hosted Cambridge Ringe and Latin and Duxbury Bay Maritime Schools to open its regular season today...
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8th March 2008

The inaugural Essex Rowing Indoor Invitational was held at Methuen High School today...
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24th February 2008

Essex Rowing sent athletes from each of its Junior and Masters teams to the C.R.A.S.H.-B Sprints this weekend...
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13th October 2007

Essex Rowing's Junior teams traveled to Pembroke, NH this weekend for the New Hampshire Championship Regatta...
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30th September 2007

Three crews from Essex Rowing traveled upstream to Lowell to compete in the Textile River Regatta this weekend...
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Essex Rowing Sweeps Lowell High at Home Regatta

CREWS PREPARE FOR UPCOMING NORTHEAST/MID-ATLANTIC JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

Methuen, MA – May 12, 2007 – Four crews from Essex Rowing Club, Inc. raced Lowell High School on their home course Sunday on Merrimack River in Methuen. The Essex boats repeated their performance from a year prior, sweeping Lowell in each of the four events contested.

Conditions varied as the day progressed, with the novice crews leading off by racing into an 11-12 mph headwind and with significant chop on the course. The varsity crews followed, benefitting from decreased wind speeds of 8-9 mph and relatively calm water.

With the regular season now concluded, the teams will now turn their focus to their championship events. This week the Essex crews will make final preparations for the regional championship, to be held Sunday on Mercer Lake in New Jersey. The penultimate event for most Essex athletes each year, the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Junior District Championship draws teams from New Jersey up to New Hampshire and serves as a qualifier to varsity crews for the Youth National Championship.

Three boats will contest for regional titles, the novice boys and girls eight, and the varsity girls eight.

“We haven’t had many opportunities to race this year and the crews will see the highest level of competition in their careers to date this weekend,” Senior Coach Travis Gardner said. “The novice boys are moving remarkable well this year. A good race may put them in one of the top spots which would be a pretty incredible feat. The varsity girls are focused on a qualifying position [top three] for nationals. At this level it is really anybody’s race. It’s about who brings their best performance on the day when it matters most. If they bring their A-game…it’ll be exciting to watch how everything unfolds.”

The novice girls rebounded yesterday after a bad start in their race at the Lowell Invitation last week kept them from qualifying for the finals. The girls won in commanding style, but coach Briana Blood pointed out the need to improve upon some key points leading into next week, “The girls raced at too high of a stroke rate and will need to control that in order to be successful at NEMA this weekend.”

In 2007, the first competitive season for Essex Rowing which was formed in late 2006, the girl’s novice raced to second place and the boy’s novice to third at the District Championship. Now in its second year, this will be the first time the club will test its varsity crews at the regional level.

Essex Rowing v. Lowell High School Results
Merrimack River - Methuen, MA
May 11, 2008
All races 1500 meters

Boys Novice
Essex Rowing, 5:24
Lowell HS 1, 6:36

Girls Novice
Essex Rowing, 5:52
Lowell HS 'A', 6:18
Lowell HS 'B', 7:40

Girls Varsity
Essex Rowing, 5:06
Lowell HS 'A', 5:24
Lowell HS 'B', 6:15

Boys Varsity
Essex Rowing, 4:41
Lowell HS, 4:56

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