Indianapolis Collegiate Invitational
April 28th, 2007
The Grand Valley Men’s Crew traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana for the Indianapolis Invite. Conditions for racing were excellent with a quartering tail wind during the morning races. In the afternoon conditions became less than ideal with wind gusts over 15mph cutting across the course creating rough water.
After a solid 2nd place finish in their heat, the V8+ (6:10.9) missed medaling by 2 seconds in the final, edged out by Purdue (6:08.6). Despite a 4th place finish, the V8 closed the gap between the Dad Vail competition and itself, and is still gaining speed in these last crucial weeks.
Performing strongly this weekend, the Men’s Light Weight 8+ placed 2nd (6:19.0), losing to Northwestern’s Light Weights (6:17.0). The Light Weight8+ was named GVSU crew of the week by the coaching staff after a 3rd place finish in the 2nd Varsity/Light8 Final. Coming back from their previous loss to Northwestern, the GVSU Light8+ (6:20.7) beat Northwestern(6:24.1). In a brilliant display of sprint racing the GVSU Light8+ closed the gap on 2nd place, finishing 1 second off of Purdue’s 2nd Varsity (6:19.6).
The Novice Men’s 8+ showed their horsepower walking through heats in a secure 1st place. After heats, the novice men faced a difficult Finals race against the University of Michigan’s Novice crew. After 1500 meters of fighting to keep the lead, Michigan (6:27.0) barely managed to steal gold from GVSU Novice Men (6:28.1) in the last 500 meters. Unfortunately, the Men’s Novice 4+ met with another hard defeat finishing 6th (7:47.5).
Next regatta will be MACRA at Grand Rapids’ Riverside Park, May 5th, 2007.
MV8: cox. Malloure/Sadek/Donovan/Slater/Vainner/Ott/Copus/Fay/Vallier
ML8: cox. Bachert/Reagan/Gerwatowski/Cecil/Robertson/Plonka/Rejc/Feil/Sylvester
MN8: cox. Schooltz/Beebe/Davis/McClusky/League/Eisenhauer/A.Stoll/M.Stoll/ Schoolcraft
MN4: cox. Jaster/Waldron/Binford/Bozung/Ripka