UDMC Travels to Oak Ridge Tennessee for SIRA Regatta

The Varsity Heavyweights and Freshmen/Novice crews traveled to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to compete in the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Regatta. The first day of racing was composed of heats, and took place on Friday, April 18. After weigh-ins, the Freshmen Lightweight Four competed in a time trial for placement in the A Final. A highly competitive Novice Heavyweight Eight lined up next, but were unfortunately disqualified from the regatta after receiving two official warnings. The Junior Varsity Heavyweight Eight took the field next. Faced with an extremely difficult heat, the JV fought and finished 4th in front of Rollins and behind Purdue, Virginia, and Florida Tech, advancing to the B Final. Racing late in the day, the Varsity Heavies came in second in their heat behind Temple to advance to the semifinals.

The next day saw the semifinals and finals. The Varsity Heavies finished 4th in their semi, and advanced to the B Final. The Novice lightweight Four finished 3rd overall in the A Final. In an exciting finish, the 2nd Novice Eight beat Purdue by a fraction of a second to win their final. The JV Heavies showed their strength and won the B Final, coming from fourth place with 500 meters left and sprinting into first by less than a second. Next up, the V8 won the B Final, posting a time faster than three crews in the A Final. This finished up UDMC’s showing in the regatta.

The Heavyweights will be traveling to Boston to take on MIT, and hope to make a name for themselves with a win. The Lightweights will be racing in Philadelphia against Navy and Princeton, and expect a quality race.

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UDMC Fields 8 Boats and Advances 5 Boats to the Grand Finals at Knecht Cup

This past weekend, the entire University of Delaware Men’s Crew team traveled to Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey to compete in the Knecht Cup. The team fielded eight boats in the regatta, with five advancing to the grand final.


Both the 1st Varsity Heavyweights and Lightweights competed in the Varsity Heavyweight 8 event.  Both boats raced in separate heats, late Saturday morning.  The lightweights took 2nd in their heat behind Ithaca. The heavyweights also placed 2ndin their respective heat behind Bucknell.  Both boats advanced to the semi finals.  In the semis, the lightweights finished in 2nd place behind Drexel, to advance to the Grand Final.  The heavyweights also took 2nd place behind Ithaca, securing a spot in the Grand Final.  The Grand Final included extremely competitive heavyweight crews such as Hobart, Drexel, Ithaca, and Bucknell.  Both Delaware boats raced in the outside lanes, 1 and 2. The lightweights managed to sprint through Bucknell in the last 500 meters of the race to finish in 4th place behind Hobart, Drexel, and Ithaca. The Heavyweights crossed the line under 3 seconds behind Bucknell, in 6th place.



The 2nd Varsity Eight event featured both the Delaware Heavyweight 2V and Lightweight 2V.  Both Delaware boats were placed in the same heat, Saturday afternoon along with Drexel, United States Military Academy, and Washington College.  Drexel took an early lead while the Delaware Heavies and Lights were left to battle it out for 2nd place.  In a very aggressive race, the lightweights took 2nd place, with the heavyweights finishing right behind in 3rd place.  The lightweights advanced to the Grand Final while the Heavyweights advanced to the Petite Final.  In the Petite Final, the heavyweights crossed the finish line in 3rd place behind Rollins College and Boston College and ahead of Rutgers, St. Joes, and USMA.  In the Grand Final, the lightweights managed to sprint through Trinity College for 5th place behind Drexel, Hobart, Marist, and Bucknell.

The 2nd and 3rd Freshman 8′s competed in the 2nd Frosh/Novice Eight event.  The event was a straight final with just three entries.  The 2F finished in 2nd place behind Drexel while the 3F took 3rd.   The 3V lightweights raced in the Club 8 event this weekend.  The event featured two Saturday Heats with the top two boats from each heat plus the next two fastest times advancing to the final.  Delaware was able to win their heat late in the day on Saturday and secure a spot in the Final along with Lafayette, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Fordham, and Boston College.  In the final, Delaware finished in 2nd place, behind Lafayette.

The 1st Freshman 8 competed in a field of 17 boats in the Frosh/Novice 8 event.  Delaware won their heat to advance to the semi finals.  In the semis, Delaware took 1st again, securing a spot in the Grand Final with Bucknell, Marietta, St. Joes, Drexel, and Boston College.  In the Grand Final, the 1F managed to beat defending Dad Vail Champs, Drexel to take 2nd place behind a strong Bucknell crew.

With every Delaware boat advancing to a final and five boats qualifying for the Grand final, this weekend shows that Delaware is a serious contender for the Men’s Points Trophy at the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta from May 9-10.

UDMC would like to thank all of the Parents and Alumni who came out to support the Fightin’ Blue Hens this weekend!

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UDMC Heavyweights Post Strong Results Against Rutgers and Illinois


The Heavyweights traveled to New Brunswick, New Jersey this weekend to take on Rutgers and Illinois. No stranger to strong winds and less than ideal conditions, the Blue Hens faced 20mph tailwinds and whitecaps. Nonetheless, they were ready to race.

The first race of the day was the 2V. Delaware fought hard through the conditions and placed second to a competitive Rutgers crew. The Blue Hens finished just under 3 seconds behind Rutgers and 21 seconds ahead of Illinois.


Next up was the 1V race.  Delaware took Rutgers off the start and continued to build on their lead throughout the first half of the race.  The Blue Hens were able to hold off a charging Rutgers boat for the win.

In the final races of the day, the 1F raced Rutgers’ 3V while the 2F raced Rutgers’ 4V.  The 1F managed to beat Rutgers by just over two seconds.  The 2F rowed a hard fought race but lost to Rutgers.

Delaware’s victories over Rutgers mark the Heavyweight program’s first win over an EARC Sprints League school this year.  The heavyweights look to continue their success and build on their speed next week at Mercer Lake in the Knecht Cup.

UDMC Lightweights Over Dartmouth And Fordham In All Boats


The Lightweights traveled to Princeton’s Lake Carnegie this weekend for a duel with Dartmouth.

Coming off of a successful weekend in Boston, the lightweights were hungry for another sweep. The first race of the day was the 3V/1F.  Racing through a variable gusting cross-headwind, the 3V and 1F took 1st and 2nd, respectively, with Dartmouth crossing the line in 3rd place.  The 3V posted a time of 6:44.3 while the 1F was 4.3 seconds back, with a time of 6:47.4. Dartmouth finished 32 seconds behind the 1F.

Next was the 2V race. Delaware took a quick lead right off the start and continued to open up their margin throughout the race despite worsening conditions. Delaware crossed the line in 6:42.1, 18.6 seconds ahead of Dartmouth.


The final race of the day was the 1V.  As wind continued to increase, the Fightin’ 150’s maintained composure to capture the victory over both Dartmouth and Fordham.  Delaware took the lead from the start and were able to hold off an aggressive Dartmouth boat to the finish.  Delaware finished 2.2 seconds ahead of Dartmouth and 23.8 seconds ahead of Fordham, with a time of 6:31.4. The win in the 1V race secured Delaware’s third program sweep of the 2014 spring season.

The Lightweights will be traveling to Mercer Lake next weekend for the Knecht Cup.  Stay up to date on race results by following @delawarecrew on twitter!

Heavyweights Take All Boats to Final at Murphy Cup and Post Strong Results

Two weeks into the season, UDMC Heavyweights traveled to Camden, New Jersey for the Murphy Cup Regatta. The team fielded a Varsity 8+, JV8+, and Frosh/Novice 8+.  The Frosh/Novice 8+ set the tone early in the day by winning their heat by 3 seconds and advancing to the final. The JV8+ and Varsity 8+’s followed up with very competitive morning racing, placing second in their respective heats and securing spots in the final.


Later in the day, the Frosh/Novice 8+ asserted their dominance, winning their final by 15 seconds over Lehigh, Virginia, Michigan, UNC, and New York Maritime.  The JV8+ raced aggressively in a very competitive final and placed 4th behind Michigan, Temple, Virginia, and ahead of UNC and Michigan B.  The Varsity 8+ was the last race of the day. The crew attacked the final in a fierce headwind and finished an exceptionally competitive race in 3rd place behind Michigan and Temple and ahead of Virginia, UNC, and Lehigh, proving to be a serious contender at the Dad Vail regatta.

The Heavyweights will be traveling to New Brunswick, New Jersey to race Rutgers this weekend. UDMC would like to thank all of the friends parents and alumni who came out to support the Heavyweights!

Continuous updates on weekend racing can be found via twitter, follow us at @delawarecrew.

UDMC Lightweights Sweep MIT and Post Impressive Results Against Harvard

Delaware Men’s Crew Lightweights traveled to Boston, MA this past weekend to duel Harvard and MIT on the Charles. Conditions for the Harvard duel were intermittent wind and sun, and relatively calm water.  In the early morning Delaware’s 1st  Freshmen Lightweight 8+ lined up against Harvard’s Frosh, who proved to be tough competition for the Delaware Frosh, finishing just over 20 seconds above UDMC.


Following the frosh was the 3rd Varsity Lightweight 8+’s who maintained contact across the finish line with a 2.5 second margin, Harvard over UDMC. In the 2nd Varsity  Lightweight 8+ a just over 6 second margin put Harvard above UDMC. During the course of the 1st Varsity Lightweight 8+ duel, UDMC was able to match the speed of the Harvard 1V for the start of their race only allowing Harvard to open a 2.5 second margin by the finish, the closest margin UMDC’s past 1v’s have been able to maintain.

Later in the morning, lightweight crews lined up to duel MIT’s three Varsity 8+’s. In the 1v’s Delaware was able to open a 3 second margin by the finish putting them ahead of MIT. In the 2v, a similar margin was achieved resulting in a win for UDMC. The MIT and UDMC 3v’s raced with the UDMC 1F, resulting in both Delaware crews finishing above MIT with impressive margins of 10 to 14 seconds over MIT completing the team sweep.


This weekend was indicative of the potential speed that can be expected out of UDMC as the spring racing season progresses. UDMC would like to thank their hosts at the Charles, as well as coaches and officials. A special thank you also goes out to parents, friends and alumni who came out to support the Fightin’ 150′s this weekend.

Delaware is currently preparing for their weekend race against Dartmouth and Fordham. The location is still to be determined, but will be posted as soon as possible. We invite all parents friends and alumni to come out and cheer on the 150′s!

For the most immediate results and updates follow us on twitter! @delawarecrew


Heavyweights Show Their Speed On The Schuylkill Against Lehigh

This weekend, Varsity and Freshmen Heavyweights raced Lehigh on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. The team fielded a Varsity Heavyweight 8+ and two Varsity Heavyweight 4+’s comprised of 2nd Varsity 8+ rowers, along with a Freshmen Heavyweight 8+ and two Freshmen 4+’s. In the Varsity 4+’s, both of the Delaware Boats quickly pulled ahead of the Lehigh 4+ and dueled it out to the finish, resulting in 20 and 23 second wins. Lehigh posed steep competition for Delaware’s Freshmen 4+’s finishing 35 seconds to 1:17 ahead of the Delaware 4+’s. In the Freshmen 8+ Delaware raced down the course to a finish about 8 seconds ahead of the Lehigh 8+. This was a great weekend for both of our Freshmen 8+’s and we look forward to a very competitive rest of the season.

In the final race of the day, Delaware’s Varsity 8+ lined up to race Lehigh’s Varsity 8+. UDMC raced a phenomenal first half putting lengths between the boats by the 1000 meter mark. Unfortunately due to equipment failure in the last 1000 meters Delaware was unable to cross the finish line, resulting in a DNF. Despite being unable to cross, UDMC is extremely proud of its heavyweights’ efforts in the first half. Delaware was able to show significant efforts in speed, creating a large margin before the equipment failure. Moving forward, we are confident that the Heavies will have a very competitive and exciting spring racing season. 1922491_10152044898489150_563376979_n[1]

UDMC would like to thank their hosts at the Schuylkill River and all the parents friends and alumni who supported our heavies Saturday afternoon. We would like to invite our UDMC fans to watch the Heavyweights compete in the Murphy Cup in Camden NJ this Saturday.

Fightin’ 150′s Sweep Georgetown

IMG_1843This weekend, the Varsity and Freshmen Lightweights traveled to Washington D.C to race Georgetown Lightweights on the Potomac River. Early in the morning, Delaware’d 2nd and 3rd Varsity 8+ took on Georgetown’s 2nd varsity. In a close finish, Delaware’s 2v was able to edge out Georgetown by just under a second, with the 3v finishing behind Georgetown by approximately 8 seconds.

LateIMG_1869 (1)r in the morning, Delaware’s Frosh/Novice Lightweight 8+ showed their speed and potential for the remainder of the spring with a finish placing them over 15 seconds ahead of Georgetown’s freshmen. Congratulations freshman on your first win of the spring; a great way to open the season.

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Following the freshmen, Delaware’s lightweight 1v lined up to duel Georgetown’s Lightweight 1v. The Fightin’ 150′s wasted no time off the start and quickly pulled away from Georgetown through the length of the course, crossing the finish line approximately 10 seconds ahead of Georgetown, completing the lightweight sweep. This weekend allowed the Lightweights to open their spring season with a positive and competitive spirit, and to get a good indication of their speed and capabilities.

The University of Delaware Men’s Crew team would like to thank Georgetown for hosting them on the Potomac this weekend and would also like to thank Georgetown’s coaches and officials for facilitating a fair and competitive race. We would also like to thank all of the parents, friends and alumni of UDMC for supporting our rowers at Georgetown and invite you Boston this upcoming weekend where the lightweights will take on Harvard and MIT.

Walk-on Recruitment for Winter Training and Spring Racing Season

Looking for heavyweight walk-on rowers for the upcoming spring season



After a successful fall racing season full of raising bars, setting new standards and developing novice rowers, The University of Delaware Men’s crew team invites Heavyweight class male athletes to join them for winter training and the competitive spring racing season. No Prior Experience Necessary, just a willingness to work hard and a competitive drive. As a walk-on, you will be taught all the elements of rowing on and off the water while meeting new people and getting involved in the University of Delaware Community.



Heavyweight Rowing: Open Weight

Many of our walk-on rowers have previously participated in sports such as football, wrestling or cross country. Rowers typically average 180 lbs. and 6’0″.Walk on rowers with athletic background and size integrate quickly into the sport and become competitive with experienced rowers. Heavyweight training includes weightlifting as well as endurance training on and off the water along with indoor rowing tank training.


Winter training begins January 6th and continues through winter session. Spring racing season will begin with the start of the spring semester on February 10th.

For more information, contact Coach Phil Kliemen at


Visit our walk-on Page: delawarecrew.com/walk-on-rowing

UDMC Ends Fall Season with Frostbite and Braxton Regattas

Frostbite Regatta

This Saturday, all crews were able to compete in the Frostbite Regatta against local and east coast collegiate rowing programs. UDMC fielded five varsity eights, four freshman eights and a lightweight four. This race was the last fall race for most crews, but gave them a little taste of spring racing as they competed on the Cooper River 2k course. Freshmen crews competed in the Collegiate Frosh/Novice 8+ with representation in all four of its flights. The first and fourth flight boats achieved a strong 1st in their flights, along with a 2nd and 5th place finish in the third and second flights. We look forward to seeing our freshmen race again in the spring.


Varsity Heavyweights ended their fall season on Saturday as well, competing in their respective events. Second Varsity Heavies finished 3rd behind Temple and in close contention with Drexel. First Varsity Heavies put up a good fight but found themselves in 5th across the finish line. Varsity Heavies had a great fall season, raising bars and setting new standards, and are looking forward to a competitive spring racing season. Varsity Lightweights fielded three eights on Saturday that would again race on Sunday. They competed in the Collegiate Men’s Varsity 8+ event in all three of its flights against Heavyweight competitors. In the first flight the 3V lights took 3rd in their flight of 5 boats. In the second flight 2V lights finished second behind Drexel, and in the third flight the 1V lights took 3rd, a close finish behind Temple and Drexel. Racing out of their weight class, the lightweights proved to be competitive opponents for local heavyweight crews.

Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta

slider braxtonThe Lightweights returned to the Cooper River with their three eights on Sunday morning for the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta where they would race against some of the same competitors from the day before. With a strong tailwind, the 1V took the course in the Men’s Collegiate Varsity 8+ event. 1V lights held their close lead through the 2k race coming across the finish line just .56 seconds before Temple earning them a 1st ranked time. Similarly, the 2V fought their way to the finish line crossing a close .21 seconds ahead of Temple’s 2v. In the “Dad Vail” Men’s Lightweight 8+ event, the 3v raced against local top Varsity lightweight crews for the Bill Braxton Memorial Cup. The 3v put up a strong fight against the other 3 crews and found themselves in a close 2nd across the finish line behind Ithaca’s Lightweights. Congratulations Lights! The Lightweights ended their season well on Sunday and were luckily able to get their races in, as the races were suspended after 12:00 due to high winds.
UDMC crews will continue to train on the water for a few more weeks until they are pushed indoors by the cold winter weather. This is the time where all crews focus on increasing their fitness levels in preparation for a competitive spring. Congratulations to all crews for a great fall season, and good luck this spring! Parents and friends, thank you for all your support this fall, in stocking the food tent and in cheering from the shore. Keep an eye out for spring racing schedule updates, as they will be posted soon!


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