2014 ACRA All-American - Jenn Varallo

The American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) has announced the All-American boats for 2014. Selections for the All-American boats are based on 2k test scores, career racing results, accomplishments within the team, individual performance and the coach's recommendation. Varsity Woman, Jenn Varallo '16, was selected for the ACRA All-American Third Team. This is the first time that a Marquette rower has been chosen for one of these boats. Congratulations to Jenn on receiving this great honor! A complete listing of all honorees can be found here.

ACRA National Championship Recap

This May, Marquette attended the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) National Championship Regatta in Gainesville, Georgia for the first time in the team's history. Held at the Lake Lanier Rowing venue (home of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games), this regatta is the National Championship for club rowing teams, and draws in the best club teams in the country.  Seniors Jacob Dahleen and Dan Otterson represented Marquette Crew in the Men's 2x event. After fighting their way and rowing twice on Saturday in heats and a repechage (6th in the heat, 5th in the repechage), the double made it into the Petite Final on Sunday. The Petite Final consisted of crews from University of Alabama - Huntsville, Seattle, Denver, University of California - Santa Barbara, UCLA, Georgia Tech, and William and Mary. The double rowed a time of 7:50, their fastest time of the weekend, and finished 7th in the Petite Final and 15th overall. Read more about the trip to ACRA at the athlete blog. Also, a very special thanks to the fine folks at Grand Valley State University Rowing and the University of Michigan Men's Rowing for their generosity and hospitality this past weekend. Overall, Marquette's first trip to ACRA was a great success, and we hope to send even more boats to this prestigious regatta next year!

2014 ACRA Academic All-Americans

Congratulations to the seven Marquette Crew athletes on qualifying as an ACRA Academic All-American. This honor is awarded to athletes who have completed two years of college, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Those athletes that have a GPA over 3.85 qualify for first team honors. This year we had over double the amount of Academic All-Americans than in previous. This is a testament to our athletes ability to perform both on the water and in the classroom. The full list of honorees can be found here. Congratulations all those who qualified for this prestigious honor!

1st Team (3.85 GPA or higher):

Jacob Dahleen '14 - Computer Engineering
Ellen Jegen '16 - Public Relations
Jennifer Varallo '16 - Biomedical Sciences

2nd Team (3.5 GPA or higher):

Diana Arroyo '16 - Political Science
Kathryn Longee '16 - Finance, Real Estate
Daniel Otterson '14 - Biomedical Sciences
Sarah Weiss '15 - Biomedical Sciences

Dad Vail 2014 Recap

After a week of final papers, tests, and projects, Marquette Crew's season culminated at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, PA. With over 115 schools and 3100 athletes entered, the Dad Vail is the largest intercollegiate regatta in the USA. This year, Marquette sent six boats to face off against varsity programs and clubs from all over the country. Many parents and alumni also made the trip out to the Schuylkill to see how the MU athletes would fare against the competition.

Friday's heats kicked off early for Marquette in the Varsity Men's 4+. The boat of mostly graduating seniors came in 4th in their heat with a time of 7:17, edging out Stevens in an exciting final 500m sprint. The Varsity Women's 8+ followed shortly thereafter, rowing a strong race in a heat where they were the only non-NCAA team and finishing 5th with a time of 7:20. The Novice Women's 4+ rowed their best race of the season and clocked a time of 8:54. After a delayed start due to another team's equipment issues, the Novice Men's 8+ came down the course, finishing 5th in their heat with a time of 6:43. For the first time ever, Marquette entered the Men's 1x event, which was rowed by senior Jacob Dahleen. Jacob rowed a strong race finishing 2nd in his heat and advanced to the semi-finals! The day concluded with a race from the Novice Women's 8+ who ended up in the fastest heat of their event. The Novice Women's 8+ posted a time of 7:01 and placed 3rd in their heat, making them one of two boats that moved onto semi-finals, and the first 8+ from Marquette to advance into semi-finals in exactly ten years!

Saturday was semi-finals, and was off to another early start with Jacob Dahleen in the Men's 1x. Jacob raced smoothly and quickly down the course, finished 5th in his heat, and came in 13th overall. The Novice Women's 8+ came up next and battled stiff Division 1 competition in their race. The Novice Women's 8+ finished 4th in their semi-final, placing 12th overall, and finished as the 3rd fastest club team in their event. All the Marquette boats finished their season on a strong note, and were excited to have plenty of support from the Marquette community at the race!


Marquette Crew attended MACRA on April 26. The day dawned bright and sunny; however, races were delayed until mid-afternoon, as the wind conditions resulted in heavy chop in the race course. After pushing the races back several hours, all the crews finally were able to start racing. The race officials started off with the varsity eights, as they were seen to be the most able to deal with the adverse conditions. As the races went by with little problems, eventually all the eights and fours were able to compete, varsity and novice.

The varsity women raced both an 8+ and a 4+. The 8+ was the first Marquette crew to go out, and ultimately came in third in their heat, with an overall time of 7:38.0. The 4+ placed 4th in their heat with an 8:19.9, a very successful send off for senior Nettie Egel. The varsity men raced a 4+, in which they placed 5th in heat (7:59.1). The novice teams had some very successful races, with a boat from each team continuing onto the grand finals. The novice women had both a 4+ and an 8+ go out. The 4+ grabbed 5th in their heat, completing the course with a 9:06.7. The women’s novice 8+ swept out the competition, taking home a trophy for the team. In the grand finals, they finished 1st overall with a time of 8:00.4, just over 25 seconds in front of the 2nd place boat. The novice men also had a 4+ and a 8+ race. The 8+ placed 4th in their heat, with a time of 7:15.4. The NM 4+ placed second in their heat for their first race (7:16.0), allowing them to continue onto the grand finals, in which they finished 5th overall (7:43.3).  All our crews had a great first spring race experience, and are now eagerly awaiting and training for the culmination of all their hard work at Dad Vails. 

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