Volume 76 | January 2024

Caspersen Rowing Center Happenings
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Providing a venue where athletes of all ages, talents and backgrounds have the opportunity to develop their rowing ability to their highest potential.

MJRC Open House!

February 24th @ Caspersen

Calling everyone interested in exploring the rowing opportunities for current and rising high school and aged students with PNRA's Mercer Junior Rowing Program!

Come to the Caspersen Rowing Center to meet the coaches, get some basic instruction on the "erg" machine and talk to some current Mercer Junior Rowers.

Saturday, Feb 24 12:30 - 2:30pm

Caspersen Rowing Center

1 South Post Rd

West Windsor, NJ

Please rsvp to Hilary

8th Annual Rowing Cares - Mercer Indoor Challenge:

March 2nd at The Peddie School

(formerly the Indoor Row for the Cure)

Do you want a chance to win a Pink Hammer?

Then mark your calendars for the 8th annual Mercer Rowing Cares Indoor Regatta (formerly the Indoor Row for the Cure) on March 2nd, 2024.

The event will take place at the Peddie School in the Ian H. Graham '50 Athletic Center. Register HERE for in person or virtual competition.

Proceeds from the event will go to the YWCA Princeton’s Breast Cancer Resource Center and Survivor Rowing Network programs.

Can't make it to the event? Donate Here!

USRowing U19 Talent ID Camp

February 11th @ Caspersen

More information and registration available at usrowing.org

Erg Sales Now Available

We are now accepting reservations for erg sales for this spring. All units are sold AS IS and will be available in late March or early April 2024. All machines are 2.5-3.5 years old and are the black RowErg/Model D with a PM5 monitor and are $725. Any minor maintenance or small parts replacement will be covered by PNRA. Please email Jamie at jhamp@rowpnra.org to ensure your place is reserved! Please let us know if you have any questions!

Save the Date

Boating Safety Class - March 17

Are you a Mercer parent/fan who wants the best spectating experience for the home races on Lake Mercer?

Are you hoping to apply to be a Head Coach at the Mercer Summer Learn to Row Camps?

Then you'll need your New Jersey Boater's Safety certificate!

There will be a Boater's Safety course offered at the Caspersen Rowing Center on March 17 from 10:30am - 6:30pm.

Email Hilary to get more information and put your name on the list!

Concept2 Virtual Team Challenge Update

With under a week left in the 2024 edition of Concept2's Virtual Team Challenge, the PNRA/Mercer team in in 8th place with over 19 million meters rowed by team members in January!

In the Challenge, athletes sign up as a member of a team and then record the number of meters that they log on a Concept2 machine (RowErg, BikeErg or SkiErg) during the month of January. This year there are 10,541 individuals logging meters for the 731 teams participating in the Challenge. Mercer is currently 8th overall but in 4th place for those teams that are not purely virtual teams and have on-water programs too.

The last day to complete meters that count towards the Challenge is January 31. PNRA/Mercer team members are reminded to keep training and logging meters through this day. The last day to log meters to count toward the challenge is Feb 3 at 6:59 pm EST.

The 2024 Regatta and Event Schedule Announced

PNRA is proud to announce our 2024 Regatta and Event Schedule:

Feb 11: USRowing U19 Talent ID camp

March 2: Mercer Indoor Rowing Cares

April 6: Peddie v. Blair

April 7: MJRC v. Pelham

April 14: Mercer Spring Race

April 20-21: Mercer Lake Sprints*

April 24: Lawrenceville v. Peddie –

Brown Cup

April 28: MARC Championship

May 4: MAPL Championship

May 11-12: USRowing Mid-Atlantic Youth Championships*

May 31-June 2: IRA National


June 15: Community Learn to Row Day*

July 5-7: USRowing Trials (U19, U23,


Nov 3: Mercer Fall Classic*

Nov 9-10: Frostbite/Braxton

Nov 16-17: USRowing Fall Speed Orders

For the events with a *, we will be looking for volunteers to join our team to successfully run these events. More information on the volunteer opportunities will be published in the future but for now, mark your calendars!

MJRC & Summer Camp Registrations

Registration for the spring season of the Mercer competitive program and the 2024 PNRA/Mercer Learn to Row Camps are now open.

Register HERE for the Varsity or Novice competitive spring season.

The summer camps are open to (rising) 7-12 graders and teach the fundamentals of rowing in a fun learning environment.

Session I

June 17-21, 2024 Level 1

Session II

June 24-28, 2024 Level 1 and 2

Session III

July 8-12, 2024 Level 1 and 2

Session IV

July 15-19, 2024 Level 1 and 2

Session V

July 22-26, 2024 Level 2

Learn more and register HERE.

We're all in this together!!

Your support today will make a difference.

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Thank you.

Mercer Team gear is still available - hats, scarves, umbrellas, shirts . . .

Show your Mercer Spirit!

Contact Hilary Gehman

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