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.
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!
The Milwaukee River Challenge 2015
Our varsity teams started off the 2015 season with a good showing at the Milwaukee River Challenge. This regatta takes place on the team's home rivers, the Milwaukee River and the Menomonee River. This was also the team's debut race, since the move to the new location, and purchasing the team's own equipment.There was stiff competition for both teams as the Varsity and Alumni boats raced against NCAA programs such as UW-Madison and our cross town competition, the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Other club teams were present as well, including Purdue University and Northwestern University to name a few.
Our Lightweight Women’s Varsity 4+ placed in the top fifty percent of their race with an impressive time of 20:41.87. The women also did well in the Open 8+ with a top fifty percent finish and a time of 19:27.62. The men’s team did very well, and also posted a top 10 finish in the 4+ even for the first time in seven years with a time of 18:30.41. The team also had very good showings from both the Men's Alumni 8+ and Women's Alumni 8+, which represented a number of classes from 2000 to 2015. The Men’s 8+ posted a time of 17:35.39 and the Women’s 8+ rowed a 20:39.60. Great job to all current rowers and alumni! Next the team heads off to De Pere, Wisconsin for the Tail of the Fox!
25th Anniversary Party!
Come celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Marquette Crew with us! The Anniversary Party will be held at La Perla's newly added rooftop venue in downtown Milwaukee.The event will take place after the Milwaukee River Challenge earlier in the day, which kicks the fall season off for our current varsity athletes and will feature alumni boats. This event is open to all family, friends, alumni, and anyone who has supported our team in the last 25 years! This is an opportunity to catch up with multiple generations of rowers and get updated with current team happenings. The event will also include a silent auction and karaoke contest. Tickets include two drinks and a fantastic Nacho and Taco Bar. Ticket sales will also go to help support the team for the 2015-2016 season. Let's come together to celebrate 25 fantastic years of competitive rowing at Marquette!
Purchase your ticket at our EventBrite page here!
2015 ACRA Award Honors
This year, a number of our athletes were honored by the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) for strong performances either on the water or in the classroom. For the first time ever, Marquette Crew had an athlete selected for the Great Lakes All-Region team, and for the All-American Second Team. We had a record number of qualifiers for Academic All-American Awards with eight recipients. Also, a special shout-out to Marquette Crew alum Adam Sullivan '09 for Men's Assistant Coach of the Year as a coach for the University of New Hampshire. The press releases and criteria for each award can be found on the ACRA website. We are extremely proud to announce this year's Marquette Crew ACRA Award honorees:
All-American Second Team
Sarah Reis '17
Great Lakes All-Region Team
Sarah Reis '17
Academic All-American First Team (GPA of 3.85 and above)
Jenn Varallo '16
Academic All-American Second Team (GPA of 3.5 - 3.84)
Diana Arroyo '16
Kathryn Longee '16
Alexa Campbell '17
Katie Fletcher '17
Jackie Gruman '17
Sarah Reis '17
Kathleen Turek '17