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Christopher Martinez of the Daily Collegian staff took time yesterday to speak with UMass rowing head coach Jim Dietz for a Q&A session regarding Dietz's life-long involvement in the sport. Martinez and Dietz touched on what Dietz expects from the Minutewomen following their run to the 2014 NCAA Championships, how he became the coach he is now and his favorite memories of leading this team.
Q&A with UMass rowing coach Jim Dietz | Daily Collegian
Tri-Town Transcript & Wicked Local Boxford reporter Dom Nicastro talked to incoming freshman Charlotte Bleiler recently for a story on her decision to row for the University of Massachusetts Minutewomen. Bleiler won't be traveling far from home - she graduated Masconomet Regional High School - to compete at UMass.
Boxford's Bleiler excited to join UMass rowing for first collegiate season | Tri-Town Transcript
We hope you enjoyed our coaches sharing some of their favorite motivational quotes this week as part of #UMassCoachQuotes. We'll have another round of those coming next week as well. For now, let's look back at what our coaches submitted this past week.
USRowing announced its selections for a multitude of summer national program camps recently, with UMass rowing incoming freshman Kelsey Anderson named to the U.S. Junior National Team Sweeps Camp. Anderson was one of only 33 invited to the camp.
Check out more on the announcement and all the summer camp selections through USRowing.com. Information on the UMass rowing program is available through UMassAthletics.com.
Andrew Cyr with the Daily Collegian spoke to UMass rowing head coach Jim Dietz about the team's performance at the NCAA Championships, where the Minutewomen competed from Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1.
"The Massachusetts rowing team didn't know what to expect when it traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for the 2014 NCAA Championships.
Although the streets of the city may not have been as crowded as it was when Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl a few years ago, the sights and sounds were nothing like the Minutewomen had even seen before.
'With the young squad we had, I think it was a lot like a case of taking a little kid to the circus for the first time,' UMass coach Jim Dietz said.
'(Our) eyes were bugged open and they were living the dream,' he added..."
Continue reading Cyr's recap on the Daily Collegian website. More on the rowing program is available on UMassAthletics.com.
John Connolly of the Boston Herald staff caught up with UMass rowing head coach Jim Dietz to speak with the veteran program leader about the team's upcoming appearance in the 2014 NCAA Championships alongside other New England region squads. The 2014 Minutewomen boast a large number of local competitors from within the boundaries of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
"Legendary rower Jim Dietz has been a happy camper ever since UMass opened its state-of-the-art boathouse on the Connecticut River this year about six miles from its Amherst campus.
'Everything has been going great. UMass rowing has been on an upswing this year and the university has really been behind us and built us a new boathouse,' said Dietz, a 1972 Northeastern graduate, who rowed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games. 'We have a great bunch of kids, who are committed to put in the hard work. We're so young, too. I have two freshmen in my varsity boat, five in my JV boat and one freshman in my fourth boat. They're making it so much fun for me.'
"There is another reason for the spring in his step these days. His women's program is off to the NCAA Division 1 championships May 30-June 1 in Indianapolis. Other local entrants in the 22-team field include Brown, Boston University, Harvard-Radcliffe and Northeastern..."
Check out what Connolly and Dietz had to say through the Boston Herald website. More on the Minutewomen is available through UMassAthletics.com.
The University of Massachusetts rowing program earned a spot in the upcoming NCAA Championships after the squad captured the 2014 Atlantic 10 Title. UMass Sports Network caught up with head coach Jim Dietz and team captains Taryn Wilson and Nicole Juul-Hindsgaul to find out how the squad is preparing for NCAAs. Check out the video below:
More on the rowing team is available through UMassAthletics.com.
The UMass rowing program took the overall women's title at the 2014 Dad Vail Regatta on Saturday afternoon. Row2k.com caught up with Minutewomen head coach Jim Dietz following the races to get his thoughts on the success of the Varsity 8+ boat. Check out what Dietz had to say below:
In the women's varsity eight, UMass took home another gold over Drexel and last year's champion Grand Valley. Having earned an automatic bid to NCAAs last week after winning the A-10 championships, the momentum continued this weekend in Philly for UMass.
"It was tough after the A-10 Championships last week" Dietz said after the race. "We didn't even bring our boats home because we knew how bad the river was going to be. When we did get out on the water, we only rowed in singles and pairs. On top of that, with exam week and graduation it was tough.
"This is our last stop before NCAA, and it's a great stop for us," Dietz continued. "We got in 3 really good races in some pretty challenging conditions, which will help us to prepare for Indianapolis. I am really pumped up, we are a young team and we are only graduating a few."
Coach Dietz's excitement was clearly evident as he walked with his rowers back to the trailer singing "if you are happy and you know it clap your hands."
Read the rest of the Row2k.com Dad Vail Regatta review here. More on the Minutewomen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette has an extensive notebook in today's paper which covers all of Friday's results from lacrosse to tennis. Vautour also highlights Saturday's jersey retirement for Brianna Scurry and April Kater and gives mention to a pair of academic award winners from rowing and women's lacrosse.
The weekly UMass Sports Luncheon will have a new locale today as it will be held at the new UMass Rowing Boat House beginning at Noon. The Boat House is located at Sportsman's Marina in Hadley on Route 9 where the Calvin Coolidge Bridge crosses the Connecticut River.
Women's lacrosse senior Sam Rush and softball freshman Jena Cozza will be honored as the athletes's of the week. Rowing head coach Jim Dietz is the featured speaker and will give a tour of the new boat house which was opened this past fall.
James Cushman of the Daily Collegian has a weekend recap of the UMass rowing team which competed against UConn on Friday and took part in a four-way race on Saturday in Boston.
The Daily Collegian spoke with UMass rowing head coach Jim Dietz following a successful weekend at the Knecht Cup in West Windsor, N.J., where the Minutewomen took home three gold medals. Check out Dietz's thoughts on the performance below:
"The Massachusetts rowing team spent hours upon hours in training, checked the forecast for the weekend and spent time creating the best possible lineups; but they still encountered a one condition they had not prepared for: food poisoning.
"At least six of the women on the team got food poisoning before the event," said UMass coach Jim Dietz, who also suffered from the illness. "We were all up in the middle of the night in really bad shape, but by the time they got to the finals this afternoon they had recovered pretty well and we did well."
Despite the illness, the Minutewomen were still achieved three first-place finishes at the Knecht Cup in West Windsor, N.J., this weekend, earning gold in the varsity eight, varsity four and varsity pair..."
Read the remainder of the recap through the Daily Collegian website. More on the rowing program is available on UMassAthletics.com.
Andrew Cyr of the Daily Collegian has a recap of rowing's impressive performance at the Head of the Fish on Saturday in Saratoga, N.Y. The Minutewomen captured eight first place finishes and three second place finishes.
Andrew Zackman recapped UMass rowing's participation in the Head of the Charles Regatta for the Daily Collegian
, highlighting the success of the lightweight four boat, which took second place at the prestigious race that hosts thousands of competitors over the two-day event.
The Massachusetts rowing team had the unique opportunity to race in
the Head of the Charles Regatta this past weekend in Boston, competing
in the world's largest two-day race which hosts over 9,000 competitors
and more than 300,000 fans.
The Minutewomen had five boats race in both days of the regatta and
had much better results in this year's race than last year, according to
UMass coach Jim Dietz.
This year, the lightweight fours boat comprised of coxswain Emily
Hajjar, Allanah Rubi-Mooney, Nicole Juul-Hindsgaul Emily Mann and Taryn
Wilson finished in second place with a time of 19:59:851. That was over
10 seconds better than last year's time of 20:10:281, which put them in
The full story can be found on the Daily Collegian website. More information on UMass rowing is available through UMassAthletics.com.
The UMass rowing program will debut its boathouse on Sunday, Sept. 8, with the ceremony open to the public. Fans and alumni are invited to participate in the event at the Sportsman Marina in Hadley, Mass., beginning at 1 p.m. A for-purchase barbeque will be available during the event at $16 for adults and $8 for children.
UMass rowing will also host an event for returning alumni and fans of
the program at the Amherst Brewing Company in Amherst, Mass., on
Saturday, Sept. 7, beginning at 7 p.m. All interested are invited to
The UMass rowing team has been the most successful program in the
history of the Atlantic 10 Conference, winning 13 of 16 league
championships. The new structure will become the first permanent home for the program in the history of its existence as a varsity team.
More information on the event and program can be found here
, including a boathouse ceremony brochure and a UMass rowing pledge form.
Landon Kafka of the Polk County Itemizer-Observer
in Oregon caught up with UMass rowing's Carla Oberst
, a Monmouth, Ore., native, to talk about her experience as a Division I collegiate student-athlete recently. Oberst is entering her sophomore year at the University of Massachusetts and is set to begin her second season competing with the rowing program.
MONMOUTH - If a student-athlete from Polk County was recruited by Roy
Williams to play basketball at North Carolina, people would probably
think that is a pretty big deal.
For Carla Oberst, it wasn't
exactly a recruitment, but the pursuit of a suggestion made at a college
interview: try out for the rowing team if she went to the University of
Check out the full story here.
Emily Hajjar, a junior on the women's rowing team, was featured on the UMass Career Services website for her impressive internship this past summer. For the full article, click HERE
Jim Dietz is featured in the Boston Herald to preview Head of the Charles Weekend. Dietz will be rowing in the masters double sculls this weekend.
John Powers of the Boston Globe previews the Head of the Charles Regatta Weekend with a feature on decorated UMass rowing coach Jim Dietz. The Minutewomen will row alongside their famed coach this weekend at the prestigious regatta.
Happy birthday to Katelyn Allocco of rowing, Andrew Henshaw of men's soccer, Erin Phinny of women's swimming, Jacob Reed of men's track and Hellah Sidibe of mens soccer!
Happy birthday to Em Chiu of rowing and Danielle Allocco of women's cross country and track!
Rower Samantha Schnoerr was listed among several local student-athletes over the weekend in the Stamford Advocates collegiate honors round-up
. Schnoerr was named the Atlantic 10 Rowing Student-Athlete of the Year.
To start of July we have a pair of birthdays today. Happy birthday to Rocco Carzo of the hockey team and Sarah Shapero of the rowing team!
Happy birthday to rowing's Amanda Doolin!
Happy Birthday to sophomore rower Noreen McDonnell
on May 18.
UMass Rowing senior co-captain Samantha Schnoerr was recently named one of the 2011 Shep Shepard Award winners for excellence within Legal Studies as well as service to the community. Schnoerr was also named a 2011 Atlantic All-Conference First Team member earlier this season.
To read more about the Shep Shepard Award, click here
Ben Lambert of the Daily Collegian
has a recap of the UMass rowing team's race against Holy Cross last weekend. The Minutewomen won two of three races
against the Crusaders, and will return to the water in two weeks for the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia.
Happy Birthday to rower Katie VonZweck
on April 23.
Ben Lambert of the Daily Collegian
has a wrap from the UMass rowing team's performance at last weekend's Knecht Cup. The Varsity 4+ took the gold medal in the Grand Final while the Second Varsity Eight finished third in its Grand Final.
"Some 30, 35 different colleges were entered [in the Varsity Four]," said Head Coach Jim Dietz. "The Second Varsity Eight rowed tremendously, I think that's pretty exciting racing."
The Minutewomen are off to the Atlantic 10 Championships tomorrow, which are scheduled to begin at 8 AM on the Cooper River.
On April 10, we have two UMas birthdays, a pair of sophomores: Kaitlyn MacKenzie
of the rowing team and Kim Young
of the field hockey team.
The UMass Rowing Lightweight 8+ boat is ranked No. 9 in this week's USRowing Collegiate Poll, which was released Thursday afternoon. The Minutewomen lightweights will be in action at the Knecht Cup, which begins Saturday morning at 7 AM on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J.
To view the complete USRowing Collegiate Poll, click here
The UMass rowing team will hold their 2011 season banquet on May 1 at the Clarion Hotel Ballroom in Northamption, Mass. The event, scheduled to begin at 3 PM, is held in conjunction with the men's rowing club team. To reserve your spot for just $35, please RSVP to the men's club team by April 18.
For the invitation to the banquet, click here
Ben Lambert of the Daily Collegian has a recap
of the UMass rowing team's win over Colgate last weekend on the Connecticut River. The Minutewomen swept all three races against the Raiders, and will head to Camden, N.J. for the Knecht Cup this weekend.
"Despite the rough conditions, I thought both boats raced pretty well," said UMass coach Jim Dietz. "Normally, the Connecticut River is flat and very conducive to rowing. On Saturday, the wind was blowing big time and there were white caps, so it was very rough water."
The UMass rowing Lightweight 8+ boat is ranked eighth in the most recent USRowing Collegiate poll. The boat finished last season ranked ninth in the final three polls of the season. For the full USRowing Collegiate Poll, click here
The Minutewomen will host their lone home race of the season on Saturday morning at 11:30 AM on the Connecticut River.
After a few days with no student-athlete birthdays, we wish Happy Birthday on March 22 to freshman field hockey player Alyssa Ineson
and sophomore rower Michaela Streitfield
The UMass Rowing team is featured as part of Row2K's Team HQ, which previews collegiate squads leading up to the beginning of the season. The Minutewomen will begin their quest for a 14th Atlantic 10 Championship on Saturday with a scrimmage against the Coast Guard Academy. To view Row2K's feature, click here
A pair of seniors celebrate birthdays today on March 11. Happy Birthday to rower Meredith Kearney
and hockey forward Chase Langeraap
Eight members of the UMass women's rowing team competed in the C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints on Sunday at Agganis Arena in Boston. Five Minutewomen were entered in the Women's Openweight at the World Indoor Rowing Championships while three Massachusetts rowers, each of whom raced as part of the Lightweight 8+ that took home the gold at last season's Dad Vail Regatta, competed in the Women's Lightweight Open.
Megan Donovan led all UMass rowers with a ninth place finish in lightweight competition, while Adrienne Breef-Pilz placed 31st amongst Women's Open competitors. To read the complete story and to view results, click here
The Atlantic 10 is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, and will be highlighted the conference's memorable moments throughout 2011. In Feature #11
, the UMass Rowing team is mentioned for it's dominance of the A-10 after capturing their 12th straight conference crown.
"The Massachusetts women's rowing program has also grabbed the attention of many in the A-10. The Minutewomen, under the tutelage of legendary coach Jim Dietz, won its 12th straight Atlantic 10 Championship in 2007 -- the most consecutive A-10 crowns won by any team, in any sport. Dietz, who is in his 17th season at the helm, has guided his teams to 54 Atlantic 10 gold medals in 14 league championship events. He has been honored as the A-10 Coach of the Year seven times."
Wishing a great day to junior rower Beth Paret
, who turns 21 today on Feb. 4.
Best wishes for a great day on Feb. 2 to field hockey's Makaela Potts
and rowing's Chelsea Wakeham
Happy Birthday to sophomore rower Amber Henry
on Jan. 7.
The UMass rowing team will travel to Deland, Fla. to begin its winter training trip on the St. John's River. The Minutewomen will be in Florida from January 6-16, where they will prepare for the 2011 season and the pursuit of the team's 14th Atlantic 10 title. Head Coach Jim Dietz will have his squad on the water to work on speed and technique for the upcoming season.
During the ten-day trip, the Minutewomen will be sculling and sweep rowing in both big and small boats throughout the training sessions. The team will complete the week with a coxswain-singles race, when the coxswains race each other in single boats.
UMass will kick off its season on March 26 when the team will head to Kingston, R.I. for the Yankee Cup.
Happy Birthday: Jan. 6 to freshman rower Alexandra Daggy
from Nine Mile, Washington.
The Massachusetts rowing team recognized former UMass rower and current Radcliffe coaching assistant Wendy Wilbur last month with the dedication of a racing shell in her honor. Read the story in Boxscore
Wishing Happy Birthday on Dec. 28 to football's David Cozzo
and rowing's Alexandra DiMatteo
At last week's men's basketball game against Maine, the UMass Rowing team held a halftime boat dedication ceremony for former student-athletes Michelle Borkhuis and Wendy Wilbur. Both athletes helped lay the foundation during the first years of the rowing team, which has won 13 Atlantic 10 Championships.
Wilbur and Borkhuis each competed on the United States National team as Wilbur raced from 1997-2002 and Borkhuis from 1997-1998 and again from 2001-2002. They each were also named USRowing Academic All-Americans in 1995.
For a link to the photo gallery from last week's ceremony, click here
Stephen Hewitt of the Daily Collegian
has a recap of the rowing team's performance at the Foot of the Charles Regatta in Boston last weekend. "The Lightweight 8+ boat was the strength of the Minutewomen on Saturday, finishing in seventh place with a time of 13 minutes, 47.10 seconds, and was seconds away from claiming a top five finish."
Head Coach Jim Dietz also discussed the team's upcoming winter training trip in Deland, Fla. which is scheduled for early January. "Our athletes have to have that same elitist nature that they got to be ready to go right from the very first day," Dietz said. "And if they are, then we're going to be in really great shape come spring time."
Happy Birthday on Nov. 15 to senior rower Samantha Schnoerr
and freshman soccer player
The Daily Collegian's Stephen Hewitt has a preview
of the UMass rowing team's final race of the fall season, the Foot of the Charles, this weekend. This is be the last race for the Minutewomen before their annual training trip in Deland, Fla.
Best wishes for a great birthday on Nov. 9 to rower Katelyn Allocco
, men's soccer players Andrew Henshaw
and Hellah Sidibe
as well as swimmer Erin Phinney
Happy Birthday on Nov. 8 to rowing senior Emily Boucher
and track sophomore Tessa Merrick
The Daily Collegian's Stephen Hewitt has a nice preview
in today's paper about UMass Rowing's upcoming race this weekend. The Minutewomen will travel to Hanover, N.H. for the Dartmouth Head Regatta. The varsity team will be taking a break from competition this weekend as the novice squad will look to end the fall season on a high note.
Stephen Hewitt of the Daily Collegian
recapped UMass Rowing's successful weekend at the Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Minutewomen had four first-place finishes over the weekend in one of their final races of the fall season.
The UMass novice team will be in action this weekend when they will head to Hanover, N.H. to take on Dartmouth.
The UMass Rowing team was recently featured in the latest University of Massachusetts television commercial promoting the UMass system. The commercial, which displays the Minutewomen on the Connecticut River, focuses on how the University of Massachusetts is a "Truly World Class" institution.
"'Truly World Class' shows you a small slice of the University that was recently named one of the best in the world in the Times of London's 2010 World University Rankings," said UMass President Jack Wilson. For a link to the commercial, click here.
The Daily Collegian's Stephen Hewitt
has a preview of UMass Rowing's Head of the Fish Regatta this weekend in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Minutewomen will be competing in 11 races during the two-day regatta.
"This is a fun race," UMass coach Jim Dietz said. "It's one of the shorter head races, and most of the gals will race two or three times. It's to get out there as many times as we can and just enjoy it."
Stephen Hewitt of the Daily Collegian
has a recap of UMass Rowing's performance at last weekend's Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.
The Minutewomen only have three races remaining on their 2010 Fall schedule, and will head to Saratoga, N.Y. for the Head of the Fish on Saturday
Stephen Hewitt of the Daily Collegian
of this weekend's prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. The UMass Rowing team will be competing on Sunday in the Lightweight Single, Lightweight 8+ and Championship Four. Head Coach Jim Dietz will also be racing in a single on Sunday morning.
Stephen Hewitt of the Daily Collegian
has a preview of the Pumpkin Head Regatta, hosted by UMass Rowing on Saturday at 8 AM on the Connecticut River. "The event will serve as a practicing platform as UMass prepares for its biggest race of the fall season on Oct. 24 when it heads to Boston to compete in the Head of the Charles," Hewitt wrote.
Head Coach Jim Dietz and the Minutewomen will enter in two races on Saturday and will look to improve upon their performance from the Housatonic last week.
Stephen Hewitt of the Daily Collegian covered UMass Rowing's season opener
at the Head of the Housatonic last weekend in Shelton, Conn. "The 16th annual event, which covers a 2.7 mile strip as the course, attracted rowers of all ages, from novice high school students to veteran masters, in one of the biggest races in New England has to offer"
The Minutewomen will host the Pumpkin Head Regatta this Saturday at 8 AM on the Connecticut River.
Happy Birthday - Oct. 8: to field hockey junior Amanda Dietz
, and rowing junior Emily Grogan
Busy day for UMass Athlete Birthdays on Oct. 4 as men's track sprinter Arjun Collins
, women's soccer player Jen Houtmann
, football lineman Travis Poston
and rower Erin Stockman
Houtman Poston Stockman
Steve Hewitt of the Daily Collegian
has a nice feature on the UMass Rowing team, which will host the UMass Invitational on the Connecticut River Saturday morning at 8 AM.
Also participating in this weekend's races will be Amherst College and Mount Holyoke College. The Minutewomen will also host the Pumpkin Head Regatta, which is scheduled for October 16 during Homecoming Weekend.
Wishing a Happy Birthday to decorate rower Megan Donovan
and baseball pitcher Ron Wallace
. They both celebrate on Sept. 20.
Happy Birthday on Aug. 5 to rower Molly Bogle and runner Madeline Nally.
Junior rower Emily Boucher is competing in the 2010 World Rowing Under
23 Championships in Brest, Belarus. Boucher will be racing in the
Lightweight Single Sculls event, and finished fourth in her heat with a
time of 8:08.51 on Thursday. She held close to the leaders through the
first 1000M before the eventual top-finisher from Belarus pulled away in
the final stretch. Read more about the World Rowing Championships here
HAPPY BIRTHDAY - JULY 20:
Allocco (Cross Country),
Em Chiu (Crew)
Jeromy Miles (Football)