Archive for April, 2006

Lakers show strength at SIRAs

Monday, April 17th, 2006

By Ross Anderson

Last weekend GVSU competed in the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association’s championships regatta. Facing powers from the south, such as Texas and a variety of Florida schools, the Lakers performed well, showing their strength and that they are almost ready to make some noise next month at the Dad Vail Regatta.

In the V 8s, the women made a strong run for the Lyden Cup but came up three seconds short to Barry University, 7:03-7:06. The men placed third in the B final after coming close to beating out Texas for the last spot in the A final. The second women’s eight also placed fifth in the B finals. .

The novice made a splash for the Lakers, with the women’s eight coming in second for the Lindamood Cup behind only the College of William and Mary. The men’s eight claimed second in the B final, finishing only two seconds behind the University of Cincinnati. The women’s four came in fourth in their B final. austin isd cloud

The Laker men also had a lightweight four competing in the heavyweight division since the SIRA rules would not allow them to row lightweight.

Overall, GVSU improved leaps and bounds over last year’s performance, when the men got last in V 8 and the JV 8 and the women finished fifth in the V8.

The Lakers will have these next two weekends off as they prepare for the Dad Vail Regatta on May 12 and 13.

Lakers host Northwestern, Cincinnati, and North Park.

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

By Ross Anderson

Last Saturday was April Fool’s Day, but the racing was no joke for the Lakers. In their first true home meet in years, being held right at the GVSU boathouse, the Lakers faced off against Northwestern University’s men and women, North Park University’s women and then Cincinnati’s men later on.
In the eights, the men managed to top Northwestern by over 14 seconds while the women put two boats in front of the Northwestern boat. Both men and women’s freshmen boats won, with the women beating both North Park and Northwestern in separate races. The second women’s freshmen eight also defeated Northwestern’s and North Park’s second eights.
The Lakers also dominated the fours racing. The men’s A lightweight four came in first while the women had winners in all their four-races, which included three different races that had lightweight and heavyweight crews.
The Lakers had different luck against Cincinnati. In the closest race of the year for the Lakers, the men’s varsity eight lost by .1 of a second, 5:23.71-5:23.81 to Cincinnati as the Bearcat’s bowball sneaked across the finish line first. The Lakers also lost in the JV and Freshmen eight races and in the pair. The lightweight men did pull off a victory against Cincinnati, winning by about 10 seconds in the four race.
The Lakers will have next weekend off from racing other teams as they prepare for the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta, their first championship race of the season, on April 14 and 15.

Lakers Take Home Lubber’s Cup

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

By Ross Anderson

The post office is known for saying that wind, rain, or snow won’t stop the mail. The weather also doesn’t stop the rowing team.
Last weekend, the Grand Valley State University rowing team hosted the Lubbers Cup Regatta in Grand Rapids. Facing horrendous weather, in which the Lakers were hailed, snowed, and rained on, they showed great speed against some of the nations top programs. None of that stopped them from the Lakers coming away with the team points trophy.
Grand Valley went up some of the fastest programs in North America. The 18th -ranked University of Michigan men came along with the University of Western Ontario men, who had four Canadian national team rowers on their squad. Notre Dame, Michigan State University, Northern Michigan University and Western Michgan University sent both men’s and women’s squads. Eastern Michigan University sent their women’s team, which is a varsity program. Notre Dame’s women and Western Ontario’s men are also varsity programs, while the rest of the field were clubs.
“It’s great to have a race where you can draw such teams as as ND who pulled in 17 votes (in the last national poll),” said GVSU head coach John Bancheri. “It was great to have an early season event here because it’s helped raised our level of expectation.”
The Lakers performed well in most of their events throughout the day. Most notably were the ‘A’ novice fours. In the women’s race, the lineup of Emily Thacker, Meryl Chaffee, Jessi Dewey, Kelli O’Brien and coxswain Ashley Stevens won the 2000m race by almost over minute over crews from EMU, MSU and even NMU.
The men’s ‘A’ novice four had a bigger challenge, as they battled against a top-notch crew from UM. Jeff Slater, Blake Donovan, Scott Sikorski, Joe Reagan and coxswain Jessy Meyerhoff kicked it into gear during the last 300m of the race, pulling ahead of UM by just under two seconds. The rest of the crews in the race finished at least 30 seconds behind.
Other notables on the day include the men’s novice eight, which finished second by only five seconds to UM, the women’s varsity eight that took second behind ND, and women’s ‘B’ varsity four which won their race.
This was the first Lubbers Cup Regatta for first-year coach Bancheri. The Lakers have already experienced the level of success he brings to programs. It was the first time in years the team took home the overall team points trophy, Bancheri said. That goes along with the Lakers performance at the Head of the Elk Regatta in the fall, in which they almost won that regatta for the first time ever.
“The system is working,” Bancheri said. “I am pleased, winning the overall points trophy is because everyone in our program is contributing to our success.”
Bancheri also said he hopes the Lakers can get out on the water more and work on their boat speed for their upcoming regattas.
Grand Valley will next host a couple of races at the GVSU boathouse this Saturday, with races going from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. against teams from Northwestern and North Park university. Later on the men will face the University of Cincinnati, with races going from 4-6 p.m. Students can watch the races from the boathouse of BFE, where the finish line will be located.

Grand Rapids Erg Sprints

Wednesday, April 5th, 2006

By Ross Anderson

On March 18th, the Lakers headed to the other side of Grand Rapids to race in the Grand Rapids Erg Sprints at Forest Hills Central High School. Most of the Lakers fared well, coming up with personal bests for 2,000m sprints.
In the open event, Damaris Lanjopoulos held strong and pulled a 7:08.0 to take home 1st in the women’s race. Ross Anderson took home the hammer as the top Laker man, pulling at 6:12.4 and placing third overall.
The freshmen also performed well. Sarah Zelenka led the way by pulling a 7:10.7 and was followed by Meryl Chaffee at 7:33.5 in the novice women’s race. Geoff Sadek pulled out the victory in the men’s race with a time of 6:19.6. Blake Donovan earned the hammer as the fastest “true” novice on the team with a time of 6:41.1 and 6th place finish. Adam Cecil also took second in the novice lightweight with a time of 6:44.9.
The Lightweights also had a strong day, with Tripp Fay taking home the hammer as fastest maile lightweight and overall title with a time of 6:42.9. He was followed by Mike Sylvester, who pulled a 6:50.5. Although she was the only one in her race, Kristin Granroth still pulled an impressive 7:42.4.
The coxies also got a chance to test their might, doing 1,000m races against eachother. Greg Antioho took fifth in the men’s race while Jessy Meyerhoff and Lisa Malloure took 4th and 5th in thewomen’s race.
The erg race was the only 2k test for the Lakers this season.

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