October 10, 2016
Susquehanna University's crew team hosted its first annual regatta on Oct. 1 at Shikellamy State Park on the Susquehanna River.
Five crew teams from Pennsylvania and New York universities competed in the event, in addition to two adult club teams.
In addition to Susquehanna, competing teams hailed from Bucknell and LaSalle universities, the State University of New York at SUNY Binghamton; University of Scranton; the Susquehanna Rowing Club; and the Central Pennsylvania Rowing Club.
"We had a desire to share our home waters with other teams," Susquehanna team captain Joseph Pierce said. "I love the connection you develop with the water you row on. Being on the river is fantastic. The feeling is so unique."
Events included men's varsity two and four, women's varsity four and eight, men's novice four and eight, women's novice four and eight, and men's and women's mixed masters one, two and four.
The circuit-style race took rowers around Packer's Island, which is the span of land that sits between Sunbury and Northumberland at the confluence of the west and main branches of the Susquehanna River.
"That style is different than anything on the East Coast right now," said Pierce, a strategic marketing major from another river town-Muncy, Pa.
Although the term regatta is at times used for a boat parade, the Oct. 1 event was the first true regatta-a race of typically rowed or sailed boats-in central Pennsylvania.
"We have always thought that the river could hold a regatta of substantial size and we hope to continue growing the regatta," Pierce said.