Archive for November, 2006

End to Fall Season

Monday, November 27th, 2006

By: Blake Donovan

Grand Valley’s 2006 fall season came to an end Saturday, November 11th with the Grand Frostbite Regatta. Participating schools included Grand Valley’s men’s and women’s crews, Michigan State’s women’s and men’s Club crews, and Calvin College. The Grand Frostbite Regatta was aptly named with the air temperature hovering around 38 degrees and a strong north wind creating moderate chop. All together, the worst conditions we have seen on this part of the Grand River the entire fall. This made for some tough sprint racing consisting of two 1,350 meter races upstream against one of the fastest currents we have seen this season and a single 500 meter sprint downstream.

Races started at 1pm with the Women’s Eight and ended at 4pm with the Men’s 500meter sprint. Crews stayed on the water enduring the some of the worst elements Mother Nature could muster for upwards of 2 hours. Certainly, the crews would have voiced their complaints if it weren’t for the extreme numbness in their bodies keeping them oblivious to the harsh weather they were enduring.

Over all, Grand Valley raced very well. Both the Varsity Men and Women’s boats finished first in their races with the Varsity 2 boats coming in second and third. Grand Valley’s Men V2 upset the varsity, beating them in the 500 meter sprint. This upset shows the depth of our team entering the winter training season.

Looking back on the entire fall season, we can only expect to see great successes come spring racing. This was undoubtedly one of the most successful fall seasons in the team’s history. Athletes have been pushing each other all year, and it shows in the race results. People took notice when Grand Valley won the team points trophy at Head of the Rock, beating out many division one rowing programs. Heads were turned in Tennessee with a Men’s V8 silver and V4 gold, and the varsity women defeating over half the competition, many of them Division one scholarship programs.

Welcome to the world Zoe Jedlic!!

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Dear Friends and Family,
After 9 months of waiting, we are very proud to announce the arrival of our new baby girl, Zoe Jedlic. She was born at 11:46 am
on Monday, November 6th, 2006, weighing 7 lbs 10oz and measuring 20 inches long. Mommy and Zoe are doing very well. The rest of us are happy to have them home from the hospital. We’ve posted photos on Lily’s website if
you want to check them out.
The Jedlics

Great Finishes for the Fall Season

Monday, November 6th, 2006

By: Emily Thacker and Lander Bachert

This past weekend the top men’s and women’s eights were privileged with the opportunity to travel to Chattanooga, Tennessee for the 26th annual Head of the Hooch regatta. The Hooch is second largest regatta in the nation with more than 10,000 coaches, rowers, family members and regatta spectators filling the waterfront viewing area. boa site down There were nearly 1,300 boats entered and over 5,000 rowers competing in this year’s two-day head race, including the US Men’s National Team.

Grand Valley Crew’s faced stiff competition against many of the nation’s top squads, but did not walk away empty-handed. The women finished an impressive 12th place in the championship eight, finishing just seconds behind top scholarship boats. The women’s club four earned a bronze medal in their event. The men took home a silver medal from the championship eight, finishing just behind Georgia Tech’s Crew and trailed the national team by only one minute. They were presented their medals and personally congratulated the US National Team. The men’s championship fours raced to a remarkable 1st and 4th place finish in their events. The mixed four took home a gold from their race as well.

The Grand Valley Lakers sent their Lightweight team to represent at The Heritage Fall Classic this weekend. The Lightweight team came away with a 3rd, 2nd and 1st place, sneaking in just behind Wisconsin’s LWT 4 for 2nd and 3rd, and beating MSU in the LWT 8 race for 1st place.

This weekend proved to be an exciting closure to what has been a very successful fall season. The Laker Navy is looking forward to getting stronger and faster this winter, so their spring season can be filled with even more successes.

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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