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Ridgewood Crew Wins Gold at the 2022 Haddon Hammer Rowing Competition

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Ridgewood NJ, the Ridgewood Crew team participated in the annual Haddon Hammer held in person at Haddon Township High School. The event attracted 20 clubs. Ridgewood Crew had 50 entries, out of 299 total, second only to Moorestown High School/ Rowing Club. 

The Haddon Hammer is an annual indoor rowing competition hosted by Haddon Township Rowing Club. The event draws hundreds of competitors from around the region. The complete results are available here https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/results/7652_11623.pdf

Ridgewood performed well, according to Head Coach Boris Roque-Alvarez , “We are very happy our rowers had the opportunity to compete in this indoor regatta.  First time in two years they were able to race side by side against other very competitive rowers from NJ and the Philadelphia area…looking forward for a very exiting Spring Season!!”

Ridgewood Crew had the fastest average time in the Boys category, and so were awarded the Haddon Hammer Best Boat Men award. 

Medalists included…

William Nasr, Gold Medalist in the Men’s Middle School 1000m

Nate Harris, Bronze Medalist in the Men’s Junior Open 

The team’s success is a result of the hard work and dedication through the winter practice. The team is planning to safely participate in their usual spring regatta lineup later this year. 

Ridgewood Crew not only introduces participants to basic and advanced rowing techniques, but also instills and promotes character values including discipline, focus, teamwork and sportsmanship.  Ridgewood Crew rowers are challenged individually and as a team. The philosophy of Ridgewood Crew is to elevate each athlete to the status of MVP. By doing so, we believe that a team of young leaders emerges. These leaders not only make fast boats, but also significant contributions toward their individual pursuits. Founded in 2004, the team rows on the Passaic River in northern NJ and competes in the sport’s premier regattas held throughout the Northeast.

In the program’s short history, our youth, board and parent volunteers have moved Ridgewood Crew forward by leaps and bounds. That success is represented by the widespread individual and team achievements of each of the student-athletes on the roster. To facilitate that success, Ridgewood Crew continues to make investments in coaching and new equipment. The coaching staff is one of the most experienced in program history.

Ridgewood Crew athletes compete in the Philly Flicks on the Schuylkill River as well as at the highly competitive SRAA Nationals, Stotesbury Cup Regatta, Philadelphia City Championships, Passaic River Northern NJ Championships and Garden State Championships. Additionally, the team’s overall performance continues to attract interest from top rowing colleges and universities including: Bucknell, Boston College, Boston University, Columbia University, Drexel, Duke, Fairfield, Fordham, George Mason, Georgetown, Harvard, Holy Cross, Lehigh, Marist, Notre Dame, Purdue, Syracuse, Trinity College, University of Delaware, University of North Carolina, University of Wisconsin, Williams, and others. 

Ridgewood Crew offers several ways for you to experience our mission:  join the team, volunteer or donate. Student athlete programs being with Learn-To-Row for middle schoolers. 

For more information contact Ridgewood Crew at http://www.ridgewoodcrew.com.

One thought on “Ridgewood Crew Wins Gold at the 2022 Haddon Hammer Rowing Competition

  1. These young athletes have already achieved more than most of their peers will achieve in their entire lives. And they’re just getting started. Well done!

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