Lakers Finish Successful Spring Training Camp
Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2009 at 5:38 am

For most college students, spring break means relaxing and lounging on the beach. For the Grand Valley Rowing Team, it means a week of intense training to get ready for the spring racing season.


For the past week, the Grand Valley Rowing Team was able to escape the doldrums of a Michigan winter at their spring training camp in Fellsmere, Florida. The week was full of water training, hard work and dedication by the athletes and coaches, and many improvements all around. The Lakers were grateful to have Coach Bartman of Vesper rowing club and Bart Gulong along for part of the week to share some of their vast rowing knowledge with the team. The team’s time in Florida ended with the Keuper Cup regatta and races against Central Florida in which Grand Valley showed the results of a successful week back on the water (see results below).


It wasn’t all work for the Lakers, though, as they had many opportunities to relax and enjoy the Florida sunshine. A few trips were made to Melbourne Beach, and people were also able to spend a couple days at Disney World.


Coach Bancheri was very pleased with the results from this week and described the trip as, “the most successful training camp he’s ever attended”.


On the way back to Michigan, they stopped in Gainesville, GA to continue their new tradition of an early season scrimmage with Georgia Tech. This was not only a great opportunity to race against some great competition, but also to enjoy the interteam camaraderie that has developed over the last few years. This year, they got the awesome experience of rowing their three 1000 meter pieces on the 1996 Olympic race course on Lake Lanier. The Lakers will see Georgia Tech at some of their national regattas this spring and hope to continue the tradition in years to come.


After a week of training in warm and sunny Florida, the Laker Navy hopes the Grand River will be thawed and ready for rowing upon their return to Allendale to resume water practices this week. Their next race will be March 28 when they host the 14th annual Don Lubber’s Cup Regatta at Riverside Park in downtown Grand Rapids. Competition including Michigan, MSU, Notre Dame, Rochester, and Western Ontario will attend the event and there is sure to be some exciting races. The team banquet will follow that evening in Grand Haven.

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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