Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational 2015
Spring racing has officially started for Marquette Crew! This weekend, all squads rowed in the 3rd Annual Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational in DeWitt, IL. This regatta proved to be an excellent showcase of the talent in Midwestern club rowing, with 12 teams from across the region represented in the entries. Our athletes took advantage of the excellent conditions to row competitively, bringing home some hardware in the process. The Varsity Women's 8+ took 3rd overall, as did the Varsity Men's Lightweight 4+ and Novice Women's 4+. The Novice Women's First and Second 8+ both placed 1st in their respective events. The Women's team also came in 3rd for the Women's Points Trophy. The long hours dedicated to grueling indoor training throughout the winter are evident in the strength each squad displayed on the water this weekend. Marquette's success in Illinois is hoped to provide momentum going into MACRA next weekend. Overall, it was a great start to what will be an exciting spring season!
Spring Training Blogs
This week, the team travels to Oak Ridge, TN for Spring Training. Follow our athletes on our blog to hear more about how the week is going. Read the blogs here!
2015-2016 Student Board Elected
Congratulations to the following individuals on their election to the MU Crew student board for the 2015-2016 academic year. The new board members will work with the current board these next few months to enable a smooth transition, before they assume their new roles this summer.
Co-Presidents: Elliott Sarich and Hannah Mullett
Treasurer: Alex Campbell
Regatta: Sarah Reis
Secretary: Jenn Varallo
Fundraising: Mary Cordes
Clothing: Katie Jelcz
Public Relations: Ricky Kaufmann
Fight Club Frenzy 2015
Marquette Crew kicked off the new year with a new winter schedule, participating in Milwaukee’s first Fight Club Frenzy indoor regatta on January 31st. The Milwaukee School of Engineering and the Milwaukee Rowing Club Juniors also participated, presenting an exciting competition for our squads.
The women’s teams especially rose the challenge, capturing medals in each event. Novice Lightweights Molly Merrion and Bridget Moffett took 1st and 2nd respectively, and Novice Open Kaitlin Howard and Aisling Hegarty won 1st and 3rd. Varsity Lightweight Emily Riesigraf took 2nd in her race while Varsity Openweight Sarah Reis placed 2nd with an overall time of 7:21.3. The men's team had a few notable finishes as well, including Patrick Knapp taking 4th in the Novice Men's Lightweight event, Jeff Kopaniacz placing 5th for the Novice Men Open, and a 6th place finish for Ricky Kauffmann in the Men's Open event. Alumni Mike Thometz and Coaches Taylor Valentine and Kyle Stanley also dusted off their unis and competed in the Men's Open event.
The Frenzy was an excellent start to our winter erg season and we look forward to making it happen again next year. All squads are motivated and hungry for more victory on the water come springtime.
Head of the Eagle 2014
Marquette Crew attended the final regatta of the year, the Head of the Eagle, in Indianapolis, IN, this last Saturday. Racing alongside teams like Purdue, University of Dayton, and Grand Valley, the 72⁰ day was a perfect way to finish the season. The course consisted of two 90⁰ turns within meters of each other, effectively making the crews race up the river and then turn completely around to race back down.
The regatta divided the A boats and the B boats into separate races, so no Marquette boat raced against each other. The Novice Women took home 3 boats of medals, with both the 8+ B (23:20.53), and the 4+ A (24:27.93) claiming 2nd place, and the 4+ B snagging 3rd (27:00.79). The NW 8+ A boat also had a great race, finishing 4th at 21:47.23. For the Novice Men, they raced both an 8+ A and a 4+ A. In the 8+, the crew finished the course in 20:32.41, grabbing 6th place, and for the 4+, with a time of 24:02.35, obtained 7th place. On the varsity side, the Men competed in the 8+ 1V race, ultimately placing 4th (20:41.61), and the 4+ 1V race, for a time of 20:11.20 (5th). Finally, the Varsity Women competed in both the 4+ 1V (22:14.45) and the 4+ 2V (24:12.61). Both boats claimed 4th place, with the 1V only .35 seconds off of 3rd place. To end the day, the VW also raced in the 8+ 1V and the 8+ 2V and both boats placed 3rd in their races, with times of 21:56.95 and 23:34.35 respectively.
The team had numerous boats go home with medals, a tangible representation of all the hard work the rowers have put into the season. The docks are coming out on November 8th, and then the team hits the erg room for winter training, working to drop those seconds. A huge thanks to everyone who made this season possible, the generosity and support we received from alumni, parents, coaches and other teams allowed us to fully dedicate ourselves to each row. We look forward to seeing everyone in the spring!