Rowers Choice Partners with USRowing to Create the First-Ever U.S. Virtual National Championship
USRowing has partnered with Rowers Choice, a consortium of Resolute Racing, Finish Line Shell Repair and Sykes USA, to bring you the first-ever U.S. Virtual National Championship erg competition.
This one-of-a-kind national erg competition is a direct response to the ever-changing Covid-19 virus outbreak. The outbreak has caused regatta cancellations around the world, leaving our rowers with few competitive options.
The basic structure of the championship has junior teams consisting of four athletes competing virtually as a team. The open category competes as individuals and is open to all athletes – collegiate and masters, age 19 and above. The teams are seeded based on 2,112-meter times and then compete in head-to-head, single-elimination races, facing a variety of distances based on the individual rounds.
Seeding Round - Henley Royal Round – 2,112 meters
Round of 64 – Head of the Charles – 4,800 meters
Round of 32 – The Ted Nash – 2,500 meters
Round of 16 – Harvard-Yale 4 Mile – 6,437 meters
Round of 8 – Stotesbury Cup – 1,500 meters
Fastest 4 – 750 meters
National Championship – 2,000 meters
Entries are free and open to all. Seeding round times are due on Tuesday, March 31, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The competition runs through April 23, with registration closing tomorrow.
"After we heard the news that global rowing was effectively canceled, we wanted to find a way to keep the athletes competing and have them enjoy the sport we love," said Rower's Choice CEO Alex DelSordo. "After a few days of promotion, we were flooded with entries and reached out to USRowing to make this a national championship."
USRowing was actively seeking ways to engage rowers and agreed this platform was best suited for the athletes.
"When Rower's Choice contacted us about getting involved, we knew right away that it was something we wanted to get behind," said USRowing Interim CEO Susan Smith. "This is a time where we're all looking for innovative ways of mixing things up, having some fun, and getting back to rowing. I know it's going to get a lot of us back on the erg."
For more details, to register and submit times, please visit www.rowerschoice.com/marchmania.
Rowers Choice also has collaborated with other companies in the rowing industry to provide prizes or awards to the athletes. To learn more about the competition and the sponsors, please visit their websites - ROWERS CHOICE, USROWING, CONCEPT2, NK, SPARKS CONSULTING, and 776BC.
Please see below for our zoom meeting info. I will send the meeting password to everyone through the captains.
Topic: HT Rowing Team Meeting
Time: Mar 27, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 639 084 710
Watch this video to see WHY we do some of the drills we do on the water.
Click here to access workouts and log scores. Work hard and be ready to get back on the water!
As of right now, the first four Flicks have been cancelled but the rest of the season is still on. Until the school reopens I will be posting daily workouts for you to complete at home starting Tuesday. YOU MAY NOT WORKOUT AS A GROUP. Anyone who was a member of the team during the 2018-2019 season will be given an erg to take home during this time. I will be sharing a google doc for you to post your scores and will be monitoring it daily. An email is being sent out tonight detailing erg pick up. Captains will be in touch with everyone tomorrow with details on how to access the workouts.
I have chosen not to give ergs to novices because I do not want you rowing on your own without coach supervision. In rowing, you are repeating a movement hundreds of times. This can lead to bad habits that can result in poor technique, or worse, injury. You will receive workout plans that you can do without a machine and you will need to check in daily that you have completed it.
A shorter season means you will need to work harder to make the best of fewer regattas. Take advantage of this time to achieve your goals this season!!
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