As our first week on back on the water draws to a close, everyone's minds are focused on our upcoming races. Marquette Crew is racing in two regattas this spring season, MACRA and Dad Vail. MACRA is rapidly drawing near, on the 26th of April, in Ypsilanti, Michigan. However, the culmination of our spring season is the Dad Vail Regatta.
The Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta is from the 9th-10th of May, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our rowers will travel in a coach bus from Milwaukee to Philadelphia over Wednesday after finishing up their finals. After arriving on Thursday afternoon, each squad will have a chance to practice on the Schuylkill River to get used to the river and the course they will race on in the next two days. Friday and Saturday are devoted to racing, and supporting the other teams. Marquette Crew's attendance at Dad Vail was recently written up in the Alumni Newsletter, under the Save the Date tab, where East Coast Alumni can watch the races at the Marquette tent.
The team's expenses are paid for entirely by the rowers through dues, and the many generous donations we receive from the parents and alumni, who ultimately make this team possible. For those who did not know, Marquette Crew is able to accept Tax- Deductible donations through the university. Donations can be made by following these steps:
1. Visit the Marquette University Donation Page
2. Type in the amount you would like to donate
3. Under the "Designation" select "Other"
4. In the "Other" field type in "Marquette Club Rowing"
Thank you for your continued support, and we hope to see you at our upcoming races!
Spring Break Blog
This year, Marquette Crew has rowers from each squad writing about their spring break training trip in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Experience it for yourself at the Spring Break Blog!
On Saturday, February 22nd, Marquette Crew traveled to Chicago State University, in Chicago, IL, to attend the 16th annual Chicago Indoor Rowing Championships. We were joined by many other teams, including Purdue, the University of Illinois, University of Chicago, University of Iowa, Michigan State University and DePaul University, among others. All four of our squads had a great showing, with many rowers claiming personal records in their 2k races. Along with the collegiate and novice races, our team also competed in the 1000 meter coxswain race, along with the men’s and women’s open challenge relay (2500m, 5 rowers).
The team had several top ten overall finishes, especially among the novice. The novice women had two rowers in the top ten; Jessica Dreyer who came in 5th place (7:43.4) and Emily Riesgraf in 7th at a 7:53.5. For the novice men, Ricky Kaufmann secured a sixth place finish with a 6:41.8. Under the lightweight event, Rebecca L’Hote finished in 7th place for the varsity women (8:13.1). The coxswains for both the varsity teams also placed well. Steven Burns for the varsity men had a 4th place finish for the Coxswain 1000m race, and Christine Grossman grabbed 3rd place. The final event for the team was the 2500 meter relay, in which both the men and the women had two teams enter, mixed varsity and novice. The women’s A team finished 5th with a time of 7:08.5, and the women’s B team close behind in 7th (7:12.9). Finally, the men’s A team secured a 9th place finish, completing the race in 6:02.6.
To see pictures of the event, check out: http://www.chicagoindoorrowing.com/records/2014/gallery.html
2014-2015 Board Elected
Congratulations to the following individuals on their election to the MU Crew student board for the 2014-2015 academic year. The new board 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: Becca L'Hote and Elliott Sarich
Treasurer: Alex Campbell
Regatta: Hannah Mullett
Secretary: Hattie Van Metre
Clothing: Kristyn Furst
Fundraising: Yousif Maizy
Public Relations: Katy Longee/Katie Turek
Midwinter Melt Down
On January 25, Marquette Crew attended Midwinter Meltdown Indoor Regatta, hosted by the Mendota Rowing Club at the UW Madison boathouse. We were joined by MSOE, St. Thomas Crew, Crystal Lake Rowing Club, numerous crossfit organizations and various other teams. The team competed in the individual 2k events, so each rower finished their own 2k on an erg, along with entering two teams into the Women’s Relay 4 x 500m and one team into the Men’s Relay 4x 500m, and a 1k coxswain race. Many of our rowers beat their own personal records, which count as great accomplishments, for both them and the team.
Congratulations to all the rowers who placed in the top three in their events and got to go home with medals! From the novice men’s team, Ricky Kaufmann came in third place with a time of 6:55.7. The novice women’s team had two rowers place, with Jessica Dreyer coming in first with a time of 7:51.9, and Hattie Van Metre close behind in third place (08:04.1). The varsity women medaled in both the lightweight and openweight events, with Rebecca L'Hote representing the team under lightweight, finishing third with a time of 8:17.7, and Jenn Varallo and Hannah Mullett placing second and third respectively, with times of 7:55.9 and 7:59.8. Three of our coxswains placed, with Christine Grossman from the varsity women in second (04:16.9), and Corinne Kwapis from the novice women close behind in third (04:19.1), along with Steven Burns from the varsity men (04:12.1) in third for the men. Finally, our women’s mixed relay team, composed of Jenn Varallo, Hannah Mullett, Elle Maus, and Jessica Dreyer placed in second (01:45.5 avg.), missing out on first place by a sliver. We’ll see what else our rowers have in store at CIRC, drawing close on the 22nd of February.