STORRS, Conn. – The UConn rowing team will be competing in one of the largest collegiate regattas in the United States this weekend, when it travels to Mercer Lake to participate in the Knecht Cup on Saturday and Sunday.
The event is named for Bill Knecht, a 1951 graduate of Villanova University who won a gold medal in the Men’s 8+ for the U.S. at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. Throughout his life, he continued to serve the sport as a coach, referee and a member of various rowing commissions.
The Huskies raced on Lake Quinsigamond last weekend against Holy Cross and Boston College in Worcester, Mass., earning five second-place finishes. Three races remain for UConn before the American Athletic Conference Championship.
“The Knecht Cup is one of my favorite races of the season,” said head coach Jennifer Wendry. “There is great competition and opportunities to race multiple times. We had a good week of practice on the water as the weather decided to start cooperating and it finally feels like spring here.”
Last season, UConn earned a third-place finish in the Third Varsity 8+ at the Knecht Cup – the team’s best finish of the weekend. The regatta brings together athletes from 70 different universities and colleges – including some of the elite programs in the nation.
“I am looking forward to seeing some of the teams we have already raced this season,” said Wendry. “A team goal for us Saturday is to have each boat place high enough in the heats which will give them an opportunity to race in a final on Sunday.”
UConn will race five boats over the weekend – the Varsity 8+, Second Varsity 8+, Third Varsity 8+, Varsity 4+ and Second Varsity 4+.
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