ACRA National Championship
The team ended the 2015 Spring season by competing for the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) Championship. The championship regatta took place on Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia, home of the 1996 Olympics. This season celebrated the first time Marquette has ever sent sweep or women’s boats to ACRA, the National Championship regatta for club rowing. In some of the most thrilling racing of the year, Marquette Crew represented themselves and the university in a big way.
After battling through tough heats and repechages, the Novice Women’s 4+ took 3rd in the Petite Final.
Despite missing qualification for the grand final by 2.2 seconds, the Varsity Women’s 4+ took the Petite final by storm, winning by open water and posting the 5th fastest overall time out of all the Varsity Women’s 4+ finals – proving they belong in the elite.
The Novice Women’s 8+ won their repechage and became the first Marquette boat to have ever advanced to a Grand Final at ACRA, where they placed 7th Nationally.
Strong results from all three boats proved Marquette’s speed, and placed the women’s team 12th overall in the country. It was a gorgeous holiday weekend, and we were lucky to have many parents and supporters who made the trip to join us in Gainesville, along with watching the races live online.
After taking only 2 athletes down to ACRA last year, sending 19 women this year was a testament to the growth of the program. ACRA was an incredible way to end the season, and we look forward to having even more presence at the National Championship regatta in years to come.
Dad Vail Regatta 2015
Sound of body, sound of mind—last week, our rowers finished their finals week strong and departed campus for the largest event of the year. The Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia is the race we look forward to throughout the entire year, logging countless training hours for during the winter so that when this weekend comes, Marquette Crew can be a real competitor against D1, D2, D3, and club teams from across the country. 128 schools entered boats, making it the largest collegiate regatta in North America.
Races began on Friday, May 8th. All squads enjoyed excellent conditions, with temperatures in the 70s and the sun shining over smooth water. Our Varsity Men’s Heavyweight 4+, stroked by sophomore Adam Kobiela, raced early that morning and earned 3rd place in their heat behind Drexel University and Ohio State. The Varsity Women’s Heavyweight 8+, stroked by sophomore Alex Campbell, placed 4th in their heat and advanced to repechages. In a nail-biting heat of reps, the women earned 5th place, just six-tenths of a second behind Iona College. The Novice Women’s 8+, stroked by freshman Kaitlin Howard, took 4th in their heat as well. The Varsity Women's 4+ and Novice Women's 4+ finished 5th in their heat in their respective events. The Novice Men competed in the Frosh Men's 8+ event, and placed 5th in their heat. The Lightweight Men's 4+ finished 6th in their heat.
We are incredibly proud of our rowers for their hard work this season, and extremely grateful to all the parents and alumni who made the trek to Philly in support of our athletes! The semester may be over but our team knows there is no such thing as an “off-season.” The team's next regatta will be the ACRA National Championship in Gainesville, Georgia. Stay tuned for updates on ACRA and summer training!
Marquette Crew braved tough conditions to race at April 25th's MACRA Championships in Ypsilanti, Michigan. 15 mile-per-hour headwinds and medium-heavy chop did not keep our squads from excelling on the water. All boats performed well in the tough conditions. Our Varsity Women's 8+ advanced from heats to the Grand Final and placed 7th out of 14. The Novice Women's 8+ advanced as well, capturing silver medals with their 2nd-place finish nearly 20 seconds ahead of the 3rd place boat. The Women's Novice 4+ also impressed with their 3rd-place finish in the Grand Final. These results are especially exciting given the steep level of competition this weekend. 22 teams entered, some of which were D1, D2 and D3 programs.
Looking forward, these results are very encouraging for what will be the culmination of each Marquette rower's hard work this semester-- the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia. The taste of success from MACRA is sure to motivate our squads as they prepare for the next 10 days.
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!