Laker Navy shows strong colors at SDCC finals
by Dayna Campbell
After much anticipation surrounding both men and women Grand Valley crews making it through the heats and on to the finals, both boats came out strong. The women raced at 9:15am (12:15pm Michigan time). Their competition included: Virginia, who received top honors in the Jessop-Whittier Cup, followed by USC, UCLA, Washington State, Radcliffe, and Grand Valley with a time of 6:58.2. It was a close race from the starting line and the women did everything they could to close on as much water as they could. In the commentary during the live coverage of their heat race on Saturday, the commentator said that the Grand Valley women are undoubtedly the best women’s club team. I think few would disagree with that statement.
The men raced at 10:50am (1:50pm Michigan time). Competitors for them were: Trinity who snagged the first place title with a time of 6:22.6, following just behind was Grand Valley with a time of 6:27.89, Washington State, British Columbia, Notre Dame, and lastly University of California (Lightweight).
Rowers and coaches alike are expected to arrive back in Grand Rapids at 11:30am Monday, March 30, after a long red-eye flight. This coming weekend these crews, as well as the rest of the fleet will race in the Arend D. Lubber’s Cup, this year held in Spring Lake, MI.