CRASH-B Sprints 2017
On February 12th, Novice Woman, Audrey Gordon, traveled to Boston in order to compete at C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints, which stands for the Charles River All-Star Has-Beens. This regatta has been taking place since 1982 and has definitely evolved and become more competitive over time. The event consists of an indoor rowing race of 2000 meters with competitors from all over the world. Audrey competed in the Open Women heat against over 145 other rowers. The competition was fierce, but Audrey was able to make a name for Marquette Crew and her teammates back home by finishing in 42nd place with a time of 7:24.7! We are very excited to see what the future has in store for this incredible and passionate rower!
You can read more about Audrey and C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints here.
You can find the rest of the results here.
Fight Club Frenzy 2017
On January 28th, the team headed on over to the 3rd annual Fight Club Frenzy in order to compete in a 2000m indoor regatta against rowers from MSOE and Milwaukee Rowing Club. The rowers competed in several different heats where all of the ergs were linked to a computer so that the racing would be shown on a screen. The competition was fierce, but Marquette still pushed through and brought home 2 medals! Novice Woman, Audrey Gordon, took 1st in her race finishing with 7:30.5 piece. Varsity Woman, Sarah Reis, also took 1st in her heat for the second year in a row finishing with a time of 7:24.2. Overall, all the rowers had a great time competing and was a great stepping stone for what the spring season has in store for us!
You can find the rest of the results here.
Fall Season Concludes with the Bald Eagle Collegiate Invite
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - All squads packed up and headed to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Bald Eagle Collegiate Invite this weekend to wrap up fall racing. Flat water, beautiful scenery, and 45 degree weather resulted in perfect conditions for racing.
Race day began with coaches and coxswains meeting at 9 AM, while the rest of the team unloaded the trailer and began to rig boats. The first race of the day was the Varsity Women's 4+ - A event, where the women started the regatta off right with a third place finish and a time of 18:26. Both the B entry and C entry competed in the Varsity Women's 4+ - B event, finishing with times of 18:15 and 19:43, respectively. The Novice Men's 8 - A event was up next with the men coming through the line with a time of 18:19. The Novice Women's 8 - A had a solid finish earning third place over Illinois and DePaul in their event with a time of 18:16. Additionally, our Novice Women's 8 - B also brought home some hardware with a second place finish and a time of 19:01. Up next, the Men's Varsity 4+ - A boat overcame some stiff competition from crews, and pulled through with fifth place finish to edge out Notre Dame, and with an overall time of 16:06. The Men's Varsity 4+ - B boat finished with a time of 18:30. The Men's Novice 4+ pulled together to finish with a time of 19:49.
After a short break, racing resumed in the afternoon with the Novice Women 4+ event. The Marquette Novice Women brought home silver in the 4+ event with a time of 20:45. The last races of the day were the premiere events - the Varsity 8's. The Marquette Varsity Women had three entries. The Varsity Women 8 - A put up a competitive time of 17:13. Both the Varsity Women 8 - B and C placed second behind Purdue in their respective races with times of 17:57 and 17:59. To finish off racing, the Men's Varsity 8 - A and B event, saw some thick competition with the A boat coming in with a 15:18, and the B boat finishing with a time of 19:05.
The program had a successful day, with the women's team finishing third overall for the Women's Points Trophy. The team finished fourth overall out of eleven programs for the Team Points Trophy.
All in all, Marquette had a great time at our last Fall race of the season, with many of our boats going home with medals! A big thank you to everyone who dedicated their time, kindness and support to make this season possible for all of us; especially our MU Crew coaches and parents, we could not have done it without your guidance and assistance. We are already counting down the days to see everyone back in the spring!
Marquette Crew Competes at Prestigious Head of the Charles
BOSTON, MA - This past weekend, the team loaded up and headed to Boston, Massachusetts for the 52nd Head of the Charles Regatta. This prestigious regatta has been around since 1965 and is by far the largest two-day regatta in the world, where more than 11,000 competitors, and 800 clubs come out to compete. The 3-mile course consists of six bridges, making it vital for coxswains to know the course extremely well in order to execute each unique bridge, and turn as precisely as possible. The team arrived in Boston on Friday afternoon, eager to get on the course and be able to practice one last time before the big race. This year we had four entries competing on the Charles. Although Saturday started off rainy and cold, the regatta went on with our first boat racing in the Men's Club 4+, which was stroked by Brennan Dougherty, followed by Vincent Wirth, Nathan Desutter, Patrick Knapp, and coxed by Katie Fletcher. The men powered through and finished in 39th place, with a time of 19:41.63. Later that night, the entire team and families that were in town headed over to Jacob Wirth for a delicious German dinner.
The conditions for Sunday proved to not be much better with lower temperatures and strong gusts of winds that were up to 40 mph. Nonetheless, the team remained in high spirits in anticipation for the other three events being competed in that day. The first race of the day was the Men's Collegiate 4+, which was stroked by Adam Kobiela, followed by Rick Kaufmann, Stephen Pleasant, Cristian Kuang, and coxed by Ale Tomasino-Perez. The men really came together, pulled their hardest, and their efforts showed finishing in 16th place with a time of 18:48.94. Placing 16th, out of 43 boats entered in the event, landed them in top half, which then secured their spot in the event for next year! Marquette also had a boat competing in the Women's Collegiate 4+ that was stroked by Lauren Daly, followed by Sarah Reis, Kelli Kennedy, Erin Zinkula, and coxed by Andrea Matsudaira. The women passed several crews en route and clocked a time of 22:18.03, before incurring a one-minute penalty and placing 23rd overall. The last race for the day was the Women's Lightweight 4+, which was stroked by Bridget Moffett, followed by Anna Kratzke, Karina Folliard, Molly Merrion, and coxed by Lynn Nguyen. These women faced fierce Ivy League competition, and pushed through every stroke to finish in 9th place with an overall time of 21:45.02. Overall, the Head of the Charles was a success and a once in a lifetime experience that will be engraved in our memories forever.
Looking forward, Marquette will wrap up the fall season on November 5th with the Bald Eagle Collegiate Invite in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Strong Showing for Marquette Crew at Head of the Rock
ROCKFORD, IL - This past weekend, the team loaded the trailer and headed to Rockford, Illinois for the Head of the Rock regatta, one of the largest head races in the country. On Saturday, the crew arrived at Danny and Denise Wood's home, where they hosted the entire team for a delicious dinner. Once dinner was over, we loaded back into the buses and headed to the Rockford YMCA to spend the night before the big race. Both squads had their Big/Little reveal at the YMCA as well!
The next morning the team woke up at the crack of dawn, ready to race and rock the Rock. After the trailer was unloaded, the Novice Women's 4+ was the first event of the day. The Novice Women's 4+ A pulled a 21:16 and the Novice Women's 4+ B was not far behind with a 21:22. The Men's Novice 8+ was up next. The boy's 1F 8+ boat finished with a time of 17:17, and their 2F 8+ boat with a time of 18:18. Up next was the Men's Varsity 4+, whose A boat finished with a 15:32, placing 5th overall, and the B boat finishing with a time of 17:12. The Women's Open 4+ was packed with four different Marquette boats. The Women's Lightweight 4+ placed 6th overall, closely behind Division 1 programs Wisconsin and Drake, with a time of 17:22. The Lightweights finished as the top club boat in the open weight event. The Women's Open 4+ A posted a time of 18:25, the D boat with a 19:20, and the C boat finishing with a 19:30 time.
Afternoon racing kicked off with the Novice Women's 8+ event; the 1F boat finished 7th overall, and was the fastest club boat in the event with a time of 18:23. The Novice Women's 2F boat rowed a strong race, and finished with a time of 20:08. The Novice Men were up next in the Novice 4+ event; their A boat came in at 18:46 and their B boat at 21:45. The last two races of the day were the Varsity Men and Women's 8+. The men pulled their hardest and finished with a time of 15:01. There were two boats in the women's event, with stiff competition, the women pulled through with the 1V 8+ boat finishing with a 16:49 and the 2V 8+ boat with a 17:29.
All and all, everyone had a blast this weekend. It was also extremely humbling to have a huge crowd of Marquette parents and alumni cheering for everyone throughout the entire day; it made the difference. Up next, we have the biggest race of our Fall season: the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.