ACRA All-Region and All-Academic Awards – Coach of the Year John Bancheri for both men and women
Posted on Thursday, May 24th, 2018

The American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) proudly announces the All-Region teams and Regional Coaches. In addition. ACRA proudly announced the First and Second All-Academic Teams.

We are proud to announce that our head coach and director of rowing for the past 14 years, John M Bancheri, received coach of the year for both men and women. An honor that no other coach has received in the same year for coaching both men and women.

Criteria used for the All-Region Teams and Regional coaches came from 2,000 meter testing scores, performance of their crew, career racing results, individual performances and coach recommendation. Selections were made by the representative of each region. To be considered for this award, each individual’s team must be an ACRA member and the coach must have submitted the candidate’s name. Coaches of each Region were submitted by the ACRA membership and voted on by the coaches of their region.

We are also happy to announce that a couple of our athletes made it on the All-Region team for the Great Lakes Region. On the women’s side coxswain Diana Bullen and athletes Audrey Boersen and Jessica Hasenau made it on the All-Region team for the Great Lakes Region.

The American Collegiate Rowing Association also announced the All-Academic team and in order to be eligible for ACRA All-Academic status the rower must have completed at least 60 hours of college classes and be scholastically a Junior or Senior at the conclusion of the Spring semester. First Team member have a cumulative GPA of 3.85 or above. Second Team members have a cumulative GPA of 3.5-3.84.
This year totaled a record 90 First Team All-Academic rowers and 237 Second Team All-Academic rowers.

This year Grand Valley State University Rowing Club had two athletes receive the destinction for the First team ACRA All-Academic team and they were Faith Platz and Elizabeth Greve. In addition, we had two athletes receive the Second Team ACRA All-Academic team and they were Elliot Reith and Audrianna Boersen.

A link to the press release can be found below. Thank you to all those who support this program and as always – keep pulling for the Laker Navy!

2018 All-Region Press Release
2018 All-Academic Press Release

Historic Photos Archived
Posted on Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Above you will find some old and older Laker Navy photos that have historical interest to the Grand Valley Rowing Club. Grand Valley Rowing is a historic tradition that has been built for over 50 years and a tradition that lives on today.

The Laker Navy posts these photos in our archives on the History page. There you can also find past rowing coaches since our founding as well as other historic photos. We invite all alumni to pay a visit to Grand Valley and visit the boat house.

In addition, if any alumni have photos of the past that they would like to share with the rowing club and our team historian, please do not hesitate to get a hold of the team president at

As always, keep pulling for the Laker Navy!

Link to History Page

GVSU Rowers ’14 & ’18 Win Academic Awards
Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2018

Justin Wegner - Alumni 14

4-year alumni Justin Wegner ’14 is from East Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.S. in Natural Resources Management in 2014. In addition, Justin Wegner ’14 was a scholar student-athlete in rowing. He has been working with Dr. Mark Luttenton studying Brook Trout behavioral thermoregulation and habitat use in a small cold-water stream. Justin Wegner’ 14 successfully defended his thesis on brook trout thermoregulation and habitat selection. His thesis won the Graduate Dean’s Citation for Academic Excellence in the Degree Program.

Faith Platz Rowing Grad 2018

Faith Platz ’18, Senior and current President of the GVSU Rowing Club, has received a Full Graduate Assistantship from Villanova University to continue her education at the graduate level. She will be earning her Master’s of Science in Applied Statistics from Villanova beginning next fall. She credits her heavy involvement in the Rowing Club with being instrumental in her undergraduate journey, and can’t wait to see what lies ahead in the Philadelphia area and, of course, will cheer on the Laker Navy at the Dad Vail Regatta for the next few years.

Team Fundraiser – Monday, April 16, 2018
Posted on Monday, April 16th, 2018

Panera Fundraiser Today

Hello Laker Navy friends, family, and alumni.

The Laker Navy is having a fundraiser to support the Head for Henley Fund. The Fundraiser will be held at Panera on Monday, April 16, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Panera is located at 4400 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Walker, MI 49534.

Bring flyer linked here or show an electronic version to the cashier when you place your order and Panera will donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase.

The Grand Valley State University Rowing Club challenges its student-athletes to reach the highest level to which they aspire both academically and athletically, while continuing to build and sustain a nationally competitive intercollegiate rowing program.

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