Lakers Win Third Annual ‘Other West Coast’ Regatta
Posted on Sunday, April 12th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

The Laker Navy travelled downstream to Spring Lake, MI to host the 3rd Annual ‘Other West Coast’ Regatta on April 11th on the 2,000 meter course on Spring Lake. On Friday, April 10, the team departed the Allendale boathouse in their racing lineups for a 22 mile warm-up row the day before the regatta. The long trip went smoothly, as the Varsity Men’s Eight took home the inaugural ‘Propulsion Per Stroke Championship’ cake. The men completed a 17 mile stretch in just over 1400 total strokes. The varsity women were 2nd in 1623, JV men third in 1634 and F/N men fourth in 1685. The row allowed the Laker Navy to postition the docks, launches, and racing shells on Spring Lake without having to rely on driving the equipment by trailer.

On Saturday, April 11th, Spring Lake Yacht Club hosted GVSU, Milwaukee School of Engineering Men and Eastern Michigan University Women at the ‘Other West Coast’ regatta. The regatta kicked off with the GVSU varsity men completing a pairs matrix for selection. Breck Davis, Jr. and Peter DiFrisco, So. came out on top as the top starboard and port respectively. Following the pairs, MSOE and GVSU raced to a competitive finish in the Freshman/Novice Men’s eight with GVSU coming out on top in a time of 6:17.3 to MSOE’s 6:20.7. The women’s F/N8+ followed with GVSU rowing to a 7:15.0 finish over EMU’s 8:05.0. The Grand Valley women continued the trend with the second varsity eight rowing to a 7:08.2 over Eastern Michigan’s 7:43.3.

The regatta’s trophy’s were contested in the following races. As MSOE only entered a JV8+, the Frank Yates Cup was given to the winner of the Men’s Second Varsity eight race. In a very tight race that saw an open water lead by Grand Valley diminished at the finish, MSOE won the cup with a time of 6:11.0 to GVSU’s 6:11.9. The Women’s Varsity eight race was contested between GVSU and EMU. Grand Valley took home the Michaud Cup in a time of 6:49.2 to EMU’s 7:06.5.

Other races included men’s and women’s fours, with Grand Valley winning all women’s races contested. On the men’s side, MSOE won the second varsity four and second novice eight. Grand Valley won the novice four and varsity four races on the men’s side. The day saw increasing winds resulting in increasing chop. To conclude the day, Grand Valley sent the Men’s varsity eight out to complete a 2000 meter time trial. With a moderate tailwind and substantial chop, the men completed the course in a time of 5:52.2. The Grand Valley State University Rowing Team would like to thank all those who assisted in the running of the 3rd Annual ‘Other West Coast’ Regatta. The Laker Navy will host next year’s event on the first Saturday of April 2010 on Spring Lake. Next weekend, the Lakers travel to Oak Ridge, TN to compete at the SIRA regatta.

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