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

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.

Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2018

Hello Friends, Alumni, Family, Coaches and Regatta administrators.

The Lubbers Cup Regatta has been cancelled this year.

This was a very hard decision to make, but we wanted to make it before everyone got on the road. In fact, Minnesota was a third of the way here and turned back.

The main issue is we’re expecting gusts up to 40 miles an hour. That makes any body of water unrowable. On top of that were also expecting a cold hard rain and with the temperature now dropping into the 30s as a high and not enough shelter on land for everyone it is now a slam dunk.

Thanks so much to all that helped organize this event. The Chamber will reimburse any team registration and deposits upon requests.

We’re doing the right thing. Again, the Regatta is cancelled and I apologize for not being able to host it this year.


Coach John Bancheri
Director of Men’s and Women’s Rowing

President’s Wrap Up
Posted on Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Faith Platz, President
Hometown: Grand Haven, MI
Major: Statistics and Economics
Looking back at the past four days here at Wyandotte Boat Club, the progress our team has made is very evident. As we were wrapping up or final session this morning, we took some time to reflect on the mini-camp, and a handful of teammates had very positive comments. From the individualized attention in the tank room, to video analysis, to technical erg practices, every rower and coxswain was able to focus on their limiting factors and improve them, on all novice and varsity squads alike. One thing that sets this trip apart from the traditional GVSU Rowing Winter Training trip is that everyone was invited and encouraged to attend, instead of just a select group. This allowed the novices to receive very valuable coaching and opportunities to better their rowing. We may not have been in the Florida sun for 10 days, but that’s okay, since we still got the technical training we needed (plus it was cold down south anyway!)

We are extremely grateful for the hospitality provided by Fred Mekolon and Wyandotte Boat Club. Their facilities are state-of-the-art, and the tanks gave us the opportunity to work on bladework and timing despite the frozen river outside! We were also able to erg comfortably and lift weights, and got the chance to see their beautiful event space upstairs, decorated with an impressive, large, old, wooden rowing shell suspended from the ceiling.

Quite a few members of the Laker Navy began their rowing career at Wyandotte, as several area high schools use the facility. The relationship that Grand Valley has with Wyandotte is so strong because of this, and we hope to continue that tradition. This morning, a handful of high schoolers from Crestwood were there to observe collegiate rowers, and I’m glad they got the chance to see how we train and hopefully inspire them to follow in our footsteps at Grand Valley one day.

Now, as we head back to Allendale for the beginning of a new semester, we have a solid base to build from. The spring championship season is approaching, and everything we do now to make ourselves faster will pay large dividends in May. Pretty soon we’ll be back on the Grand River, and we’ll be able to implement the changes made during this mini-camp. I’m excited and hopeful for the rest of our season, and we all have Wyandotte to thank for helping us on our quest for gold.

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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