Lakers Dominant at Head of the Hooch
Posted on Monday, November 5th, 2007 at 5:54 pm

Bringing home the team points trophy from the Head of the Chattahoochee was Grand Valley’s goal for their last away regatta of the fall season. And that is exactly what they did when they traveled to Chattanooga, TN this past weekend.

Thanks to some aid from the Student Senate reserve request, the Lakers were able to bring both novice and varsity squads to the regatta. A total of 44 entries were made in a wide range of events- from singles to eights, novice to masters.

Of these, an amazing 20 boats came home with medals. Twelve were colored gold. The men’s varsity 8+, 4+, and 2- , men’s lightweight 8+ and 4+, men’s club 8+ and 4+, men’s open 8+, women’s novice 8+ and 4+, and mixed 8+ and 4+ all came in with winning times.

This is quite a step up from last year. In 2006, only 18 athletes were selected to represent Grand Valley at the Head of the Hooch. This year, however, the Lakers proved their team’s all-around strength. The varsity men dominated their competition, winning almost every event entered. The men’s championship 8+ finished over 20 seconds ahead of the second place crew, putting them within a minute of both U.S. National Team boats. The lightweight 8+ came up with nearly as substantial of a lead, 12 seconds ahead of everyone else. The varsity women, though only bringing home medals in the club 8+ and varsity 2-, fared well against several division one scholarship programs with the championship 8+ finishing 13th of 30. The novice squads also showed a lot of speed in their largest regatta of the season. The women took home gold in both the four and the eight, while the men proved that they could hang with some very fast crews. As usual the mixed boats topped all other competition.

While varsity crews remained in Tennessee for Sunday races, the novice squads traveled back to Wyandotte, MI to finish off a successful weekend at the American Heritage Fall River Classic. Grand Valley took 1st place in the men’s single, 3rd in the women’s collegiate 8+, 4th in the women’s open 8+, and 5th in the women’s collegiate 4+. Novice women and men’s eights came in third and fourth places, respectively.

The Lakers will wrap up their fall season next weekend with the Frostbite Regatta on Spring Lake.

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