Strong Showing for Marquette Crew at Head of the Rock
ROCKFORD, IL - This past weekend, the team loaded the trailer and headed to Rockford, Illinois for the Head of the Rock regatta, one of the largest head races in the country. On Saturday, the crew arrived at Danny and Denise Wood's home, where they hosted the entire team for a delicious dinner. Once dinner was over, we loaded back into the buses and headed to the Rockford YMCA to spend the night before the big race. Both squads had their Big/Little reveal at the YMCA as well!
The next morning the team woke up at the crack of dawn, ready to race and rock the Rock. After the trailer was unloaded, the Novice Women's 4+ was the first event of the day. The Novice Women's 4+ A pulled a 21:16 and the Novice Women's 4+ B was not far behind with a 21:22. The Men's Novice 8+ was up next. The boy's 1F 8+ boat finished with a time of 17:17, and their 2F 8+ boat with a time of 18:18. Up next was the Men's Varsity 4+, whose A boat finished with a 15:32, placing 5th overall, and the B boat finishing with a time of 17:12. The Women's Open 4+ was packed with four different Marquette boats. The Women's Lightweight 4+ placed 6th overall, closely behind Division 1 programs Wisconsin and Drake, with a time of 17:22. The Lightweights finished as the top club boat in the open weight event. The Women's Open 4+ A posted a time of 18:25, the D boat with a 19:20, and the C boat finishing with a 19:30 time.
Afternoon racing kicked off with the Novice Women's 8+ event; the 1F boat finished 7th overall, and was the fastest club boat in the event with a time of 18:23. The Novice Women's 2F boat rowed a strong race, and finished with a time of 20:08. The Novice Men were up next in the Novice 4+ event; their A boat came in at 18:46 and their B boat at 21:45. The last two races of the day were the Varsity Men and Women's 8+. The men pulled their hardest and finished with a time of 15:01. There were two boats in the women's event, with stiff competition, the women pulled through with the 1V 8+ boat finishing with a 16:49 and the 2V 8+ boat with a 17:29.
All and all, everyone had a blast this weekend. It was also extremely humbling to have a huge crowd of Marquette parents and alumni cheering for everyone throughout the entire day; it made the difference. Up next, we have the biggest race of our Fall season: the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.
Marquette Crew Dominates at Tail of the Fox
DE PERE, WI -The first weekend in October, the team traveled to De Pere, Wisconsin for the Tail of the Fox Regatta. Some of the athletes left earlier on Saturday in order to take a tour of the entire Green Bay Packer stadium that afternoon, and later all got together at the Dougherty's residence for a huge dinner! The men's team ended up spending the night at the Dougherty's, while the women stayed with the Van Eperen's.
The team started the next morning with coaches and coxswain's meeting at 7:30AM, while the rest of the team started to unload the trailer. Although we all expected much colder weather, the day turned out to be beautiful and a lot warmer than anticipated. The Novice Women made their racing debut with two boats in the 4+ event; their A boat finished with a time of 18:25 and their B boat with 19:45. Next up the team had two back to back events finishing in 1st place. First, the Varsity Women's 1V 8+ earned their winning title with a time of 14:13. Second, came the varsity men's 4+ also winning 1st with a solid finish of 13:25, and the 2V finishing with a time of 15:11. Up next, the Novice Men represented Marquette for the first time with two boats in the 8+ event. The Novice Men's 1F 8+ boat placed 2nd with a time of 16:24, and the 2F boat finished with a solid time of 18:59. The Varsity Women then competed in the 4+ event with all 3 boats coming in one after the other; the A placed 2nd with a time of 16:33, our B boat 3rd with a time of 16:36, and our C boat finished 4th with a time of 16:48. The Novice Men were then able to race in the 4+ for the very first time; the A boat and B boat finished with times of 17:06 and 20:37, respectively. As for the Varsity Men, they finished 3rd place in their 8+ with a time of 12:24. The team finished the day off strong with two 1st place finishes. The Varsity Women's Lightweight 4+ won their race with a time of 14:50, while the Novice Women's 1F 8+ won their race with a time of 16:11, and the 2F boat finished with a solid 3rd place finish of 17:25.
The day finished with everyone being fed, courtesy of our awesome Marquette Crew parents that spoil us with delicious treats, medals, and cox tosses! The team looks forward to another solid week of training before driving south for Head of the Rock next weekend!
History of Marquette Crew
Marquette Crew got its humble beginning in the spring of 1990. Liz Shanahan and Beth Ohmann, two transfer students from St. Joseph, Minnesota, brought their love for rowing and their strong work ethic to Marquette and helped establish Marquette Crew as one of the many new teams forming in the Midwest.
At the first informational meeting that spring, over 150 interested students came to hear more about the sport. Despite this large turnout, there were only 18 charter members. Now that a team was formed, a coach was needed. Enter Nick Schroeder. Schroeder was a coxswain at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His resume included a seventh-place finish in the Elite Eights event at the 1971 Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. Schroeder signed on to be the first coach of Marquette Crew, and helped build the team from inexperienced students to accomplished rowers. For the first four and a half years he coached all four squads: varsity men and women, and novice men and women.
Marquette Crew partnered up with the Milwaukee Rowing Club who graciously helped the team by allowing them to use boats, oars and other rowing equipment. The Milwaukee Rowing Club gave Marquette Crew a platform to grow the program for more than a decade. In the fall of 2015, Marquette Crew was presented with an opportunity to move to a new location half a mile south of campus, and function autonomously. Today, Marquette Crew has a training room on campus for erging, and currently rows out of the Marquette Crew boatyard on Canal Street near Marquette's Valley Fields.
The club has grown tremendously since those 18 brave souls first began rowing. Today, Marquette Crew is the largest club sport on campus with members from all over the United States. The club races throughout the Midwest and takes annual trips to participate in the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts, the Dad Vail Regatta, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the ACRA National Championship in Gainesville, Georgia.
From its humble beginnings, Marquette Crew has established itself as a serious competitor in collegiate rowing. Competing against other club teams as well as many varsity programs, Marquette Crew has found itself in a position to succeed on the highest level.