Saratoga Invite Saturday Sked

Yes, it’s raining, so it must be Saratoga Invite Saturday on Fish Creek.

Below is the Saturday schedule updated available from 6 p.m. Friday night.

Good luck to all rowers.

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The Saratoga Rowing Association boys varsity eight heads out onto the race course on Fish Creek Friday morning before this weekend’s annual Saratoga Invitational regatta.

Updated Sunday schedule and lane assignments

Its the full weekend schedule, so skip over Saturday and get to the good stuff for Sunday!
Don’t forget to catch the live stream from the finish line and the live blog too!
Sunday States Schedule

Waterford Crew, so close to Saratoga, yet so far

There are 19 towns in the U.S. that carry the name Waterford and at this year’s Saratoga Invitational it was Waterford Crew from Utah that traveled cross country to row on Fish Creek at Saratoga Lake, just 30 mninutes north of Waterford, New York.
It got even more interesting when the Waterford Coach, Andrew Henrickson, graduated from Skidmore College (the S-turn for the Head of the Fish) and coached one summer with SRA.
Here is the story from The Saratogian.

Members of the Waterford Crew women’s junior double head up the ramp near the Saratoga Rowing Association boathouse Sunday morning after competing in the Saratoga Invitational.

One of the Waterford Crew (Utah) women’s junior B doubles heads out to the starting line of the Saratoga Invitatioanl Sunday morning from the Saratoga Rowing Association docks.
The Waterford Crew (Utah) women’s varsity quad was bundled up, but looked chilly before they left the dock Sunday morning for the championship final of the Saratoga Invitational.

NEW: Sunday Saratoga Invitational Schedule – 6:30 a.m. starts

Rain wasn’t so bad, but the thunder and lightning did in the remainder of Saturday’s Saratoga Invitational.
That caused some races to be cancelled from the Saturday schedule, but raced as Champs Only races on Sunday.
Sunday’s entire schedule will then begin being raced at approximately 7:50 a.m.
Click on the link for the schedule.

Winter over, fast boats head to Fish Creek for Saratoga Invitational

With 1,400 entries from 60 teams the Saratoga Invitational has gotten bigger and if possible better as winter has finally been brushed off the racing shells and spring racing officially begins.
Here is the link from

The weather has finally broken and rowers like last year’s SRA girls four are on the water training and now racing on Fish Creek at the annual Saratoga Invitational this weekend.

The most unique trophy in sports belongs to Head of the Fish rowers

Saratoga Rowing Association girls 2V quad rowers Meghan Smith and Maggie Preller give their fish head trophy a playful kiss after their win Sunday inside the SRA Regatta Center on Fish Creek.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – If you row in your final fall regatta on Fish Creek and it’s a time trial-style head race called the Head of the Fish and it rains throughout the day and you are as wet as a fish, if you win your respective category it only makes sense that you go home with a fish head.
For the more than 100 winners over the weekend, a fast time covering the 2.3 mile course from above the Stafford Bridge and finishing a few hundred yards in front of the Route 9P Bridge, you will be awarded with the most interesting trophy in sports – a mounted fish head.
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US Rowing Youth Nationals updates/schedule

Nine New York State Rowing entries have placed themselves in Saturday’s semifinals to see if they will advance to the A or B finals Sunday at the US Rowing Youth Nationals championships in Sarasota, Florida.

Four New York State Rowing entries have punched their ticket into the national championship finals – The Amadeusz Rowing Academy women’s double, the Row America Rye women’s quad and the Rye High School men’s lightweight quad have a day off before rowing for the top honors in high school aged rowing.

Attached are the entries, time trial finishes and current semifinal times for today along with the scheduled C and D finals. NYS Teams Fri results

Keep up with the results at or follow @NYSRowing on Twitter.

NYS Rowing entries ready for US Rowing Youth Nationals

New York State Scholastic Rowing will be well represented with 40 entries competing at the US Rowing Youth National Championships this weekend.

Time trials begin at 8 a.m. at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida with the top 12 teams advancing to the A-B semifinals. Those out of the top 12 will advance to the ‘C’ and ‘D’ finals.

Here is a pdf of the NYS Teams entries with time trial times listed.

The Albany Rowing Association girls eight make a return trip to the US Rowing Youth National Championship in Sarasota, Fla. Pictured left, down to up right, Emily Ashton, Margaret Pfeiffer, Maggie Preller, Shannon Delaney, Ana Lewandusky (center), Josie Catalano, Mikayla Lahr, Meghan Smith, Grace Smith.
I had a chance to stop by Albany Rowing Center at the Corning Preserve earlier this week to talk to the staff and members of the girls eight and boys four prior to their flight out to Florida.

Coach Mike McMinn kept the squad busy after qualifying for Youth Nationals almost a month ago

“I like it, but I almost wish that we took that time to train, but we qualified on May 14 or 15 but then raced the next weekend and the weekend after that, Northeast Regionals to feel out the 2k distance and then at the Pittsford Regatta, just 1,200-meter sprints, which is nice top end speed prep and then last weekend off,” Albany Rowing Center girls head coach Mike McMinn said. “I almost wish we had one of those two weekends off to just train, but its fun for the kids, so it’s good to keep them racing a little bit, they enjoy it.”

Here is a link to the story in the Troy Record.

Here is a link to the heat list.

Here is a link to the US Rowing Youth Invite results.