Head of the Eagle 2015
Marquette Crew finished up the season with a great showing at the Head of the Eagle in Indianapolis, IN this past weekend. Taking on high winds and choppy water, the team showed up on Halloween Day ready to hit the race course against some of the top teams in the Midwest. The first race of the day was the Mixed Open 4+, and the boat of novice athletes started off a solid day for Marquette. Following the Mixed Open 4+ were the two Novice Women 8+ for both the 1F and the 2F events. The 1F boat finished 4th with a time of 20:37, and the 2F boat placed 4th in their event with a time of 22:47. The Varsity Women 4+ were the next boats to go out. The Lightweight Women 4+ rowed in the Open Women 4+ event and placed 6th behind three Division I programs. The women’s open weight boat also raced well with a time of 21:10. The Open Men’s 4+ where the next two boats to go out, and were really sporting the Halloween spirit. The A boat all dressed in Burger King crowns and the B boat dressed as superheroes raced against some of the best teams the country had to offer competing against Michigan, Wisconsin, and Grand alley. They did well with the A boat putting up a time of 17:38.
The men then turned around after the lunch break, and headed back out in the Collegiate 8+ as Santa and the Reindeer and finished 8th with a time of 17:20. The Collegiate Women 1V and 2V raced next, sporting their animal hats and rainbow colors. The 1V finished 6th and posted a time of 19:03 and the 2V pulled a time of 21:16. The three Novice Women 4+ boats were the next to launch. The Novice Women 4+ A and B placed 3rd in their respective events, and medaled. The C boat also did well placing 4th in the B division. The Men’s Novice 4+ followed them up placing in the middle of the pack at 8th with a time of 20:13.
Head of the Eagle was unique this year, because it also provided an opportunity for the top finishing 8+ boats to have a 1000m Henley style duel at the end of the head races. The Novice Women 1F and 2F both competed in this event, giving the novice their first taste of spring-style racing. The Novice Women 1F finished 2nd in the 1000m sprint with a time of 3:54, edging out Grand Valley and Louisville.
The teams all performed well in Indianapolis, and ended the fall regatta campaign on a high note. The team will spend a few more weeks on the water before transitioning into winter training. Thank you to all the parents and alumni who have come to support us at our regattas this fall! We look forward to preparing for championship season in the spring!
Head of the Charles 2015
This year, Marquette Crew received three bids to go and race at the Head of the Charles in Boston, MA. This regatta is the largest two-day rowing race in the world, and attracts teams from all around the country. The three boats to get bids for this year’s race were the Collegiate Women's 4+ and Lightweight Women's 4+, and the Collegiate Men's 4+. The team left campus on Thursday afternoon by bus and arrived in Boston Friday morning. Friday afternoon the squads launched for practice, and were able to row on the Charles River to get a feel for the course.
Saturday the two open weight boats got their chance to race and did not disappoint. The Collegiate Women's 4+ came in at the middle of the pack taking 21st out of 35. They rowed a great race with a time of 21:25.269 on a windy course and missed beating the boat in front of them by only 5 seconds. The Collegiate Men's 4+ also did very well, and had one of the best races they have rowed all season. The men placed 24th out of 46, missing their automatic bid for next year back by one spot and 3 seconds posting a time of 18:21.507. The Lightweight Women's 4+ was one of the last races the next day on Sunday, and they were pitted against several top caliber programs such as Radcliffe, Princeton, and Riverside. The women rowed a great race and placed 7th out of 15 which put them in the top half of the competition, and earned their bid back for next year. These ladies were the first to be able to do this for Marquette Crew in three years, and posted a time of 18:21.507. All three squads raced their hardest and had impressive showings, proudly representing Marquette Crew. On Halloween, the team heads down to Indianapolis to cap off the fall season at Head of the Eagle!
Head of the Rock 2015
It was a beautiful weekend of racing at the Head of the Rock regatta in Rockford Illinois this past Sunday. The team traveled down the night before where Dany and Denise Woods graciously provided us with food and a place to rest after the drive. We then proceeded to the Rockford YMCA were we spent the night. The next morning we woke up ready to race and took the short walk to our tents where the parents were already preparing an impressive breakfast.
We quickly unloaded the trailers and got to racing with the women’s novice 4+ starting off the day. Both of their boats performed well with their A boat only losing to one club team putting up a time of 22:43 and the B boat only two places behind with a time of 24:29. Shortly behind them was the men’s open 4+ who’s A boat posted a top half finish and a time of 17:33. Our next race was a first in a long time for Marquette crew as we put out a mixed 8 which rowed hard and posted a time of 21:45. Then next boats to go out were our two women’s 4+ which both did well with the lightweight boat losing out to only one other club team in the open weight category with a time of 20:16. Our next boat to go out was the men’s novice 4+, these guys did well for it being their second time racing together and placed fourth. Our other novice squad raced shortly after them in the novice women’s 8+ against stiff competition which consisted of over half the boats in their race being division 1. Our final two races of the day were the varsity men’s and women’s open 8+ with our alumni boat coming together to race as well. All three of these squads stated having a great time out on the river braving the increasingly strong head wind leading to some large waves and a few wet rowers.
When all the racing was done we returned to Milwaukee where Steve Water, our storage locker neighbor, had invited us to a party on his pirate ship. We cooked out and had brats and burgers and enjoyed the DJ. Thanks to everyone who supported us this weekend our next race is the big one, The Head of the Charles in Boston.
Clothing Store Now Open!
The Marquette Crew clothing store is open! Check out all our swag for the season, and get things ordered in time for the holidays. The store is open until Wednesday, October 13th. You can check out the store at this link: http://www.boathouseteamstores.com/marquetteuniversityrowingclub
Tail of the Fox Regatta 2015
This past Sunday, the team went on the road for the Tail of the Fox Regatta in De Pere, WI. The team departed Milwaukee on Saturday night, and spent the evening on St. Norbert’s campus. As Sunday began, we gathered at our trailer that former Coach and alumni Ryan Endries '06 was grateful enough to drive up to DePere for us. We quickly unloaded our boats and began racing the 3500 meter course. The weather led to an interesting race day with 10-12 mph winds coming from the north causing a strong head wind and leading to some choppy water. It was also cloudy and the temperature hung around the mid-50s all day.
Despite the weather Marquette crew had a great day of racing with six of our teams medaling. The Varsity Women's Lightweight 4+ placed 1st in the Open Women 4+ event, with a time of 16:40.6. Not to be outdone by the lighties, the Varsity Open Women’s 4+ came in a close 2nd with a time of 17:11.9. The Varsity Women also did well in the 8+ with the 1V finishing a solid 5th place with the time of 15:16.3. The Varsity Men also had a good showing Sunday, with their Men’s Open 4+ placing 2nd to MSOE in their heat and posting an impressive time of 14:07.1. The Varsity Men’s Lightweight 4+ also had a solid race placing 2nd in their race as well. Concluding the Varsity races we had the Men’s 8+ which raced a solid race and managed to pass a boat on their way to putting up a time of 13:25.9 and a 4th place finish.
This is also the first time our novice got to compete under the Marquette colors. The Novice Women put up good times with their 1F taking 1st with a time of 16:51.8 in the Novice Women 98+ event, and their 2F taking 3rd with a time of 19:32.7. As for the Novice Men, they too got the ability to row a 4+, where they placed second in their race with a time of 18:07.6.
Great job to all the rowers and thanks to the parents who took their weekend to come out, feed us, and watch us row. We hope to see everyone at the Head of the Rock this upcoming weekend in Rockford, IL!