This past weekend, Marquette Crew traveled to DeWitt, IL for the inaugural Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational. This was the team's first major spring regatta, and other teams such as Northwestern, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois also participated. The team was ready for nice weather and calm water after being cooped up indoors due to the Milwaukee rains.
The Novice Women's 8+ started things out strong for Marquette with a 2nd place finish in their race. The Varsity Women's 8+ had one of their best races of the season, and pushed through heats to the final where they finished 3rd. After advancing out of heats, the novice women's 4+ placed first, beating University of Chicago by 5.3 seconds. The women's team ended up placing second overall for the points trophy, and was only two points behind Chicago.
After battling through some early equipment issues, the Novice Men's 4+ finished fourth in their heat. They later came back to row the Novice Men's 8+ and had a wonderful race, finishing 5 seconds behind Chicago for fourth. The varsity men boated a Lightweight 4+ and rowed a solid race, finishing 22 seconds off the first place boat.
Beautiful weather and strong competition made for an enjoyable regatta! The team now prepares for MACRA in Ypsilanti, MI this upcoming weekend.
Novice Women's 4+ wins gold at ICRI. Katy Longee, Christine Grossman, Kristyn Furst, Laura Plager, and Samantha Herman (l-r) are pictured.