Fall Racing + Winter Training + Spring Break

We started off the year by hiring a new head coach in Scott Wisniewski. Scott came to us from Vesper where he served as the High Performance coach. We also hired a new freshman coach in Sean McKenna. Sean most recently rowed in the 2012 World Championship Ltwt 8. Lastly, we began training in the Varsity Weightroom (Powerhouse) coached by Emily Esselman. Our lifts mostly consist of Olympic lifts, and are completed twice a week, for a total of 8 training sessions a week.

We posted respectable results for our fall racing, most notably 25/40 in the Collegiate 8 at Head of the Charles, and 11/25 in the Collegiate 8's at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta. 

After Fall racing ended we began working hard for the spring season. After a long but extremely productive winter training season we showed off our new speed at the Main Line Slide, an indoor regatta hosted at Villanova. We had the Collegiate winner in Spencer Chipman (6:18) and the Collegiate Lightweight winner in Peter Zaleski (6:47.1).

Next we headed down to Winter Park, FL for our spring break training trip. We had two-a-day practices culminating in a meet against Rollins College. After being bested the two past years, our Varsity 8 nudged out a win by .8 seconds with a time of 5:48.1 The Varsity 4 also took the win, along with the Pair, Novice 8, and Novice 4. It was a very productive and successful trip for the entire Mens team, from top to bottom!

Looking forward, we will be racing our normal schedule, but most exciting is our plan to race at the San Diego Crew Classic! This will be the first time the men's team has made the trip to California in quite a while. If you are  in California, we encourage you to make the trip!

All in all, very exciting results for your Villanova Men's Rowing team. After a couple building years, we feel that we have a solid foundation and are ready to produce results on the water. If you are interested in following our results more closely, please follow our Facebook and Twitter.