Archive for December, 2006

Team set to Christen 2 new boats

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

The GVSU Rowing Team is proud to announce the names of two added to the Laker Navy fleet. These boats were named in honor of the team’s previous coaches. The new varsity women’s boat is a new Hudson Elite LWT 8 and will be named “The Jedlics”. Chad and Brie Jedlic coach the team from 2000 until 2005 when they moved back to Canada to raise their daughter, Lily. Since then the they have had another baby girl, Zoe. “The Jedlics” will be christened at the Lubbers Cup Regatta on February 31st, 2007.

The second boat to be christened is a new Heavy Weight Wintech 4+ which will be named the “Richard Laurance”. Richard coached from 1995 to 1999. He had this to say, “My fondest memories are working with the great student/athletes that I met at Grand Valley, many of whom remain great friends. On the competitive side, watching our women’s light eight compete against the Ivy League Schools at the 1996 Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing Champions, leading Wisconsin until the final strokes of the race. Watching a men’s varsity four row one of the finest races I have ever seen, by a crew that I have coached, at the 1997 Intercollegiate Rowing Championships Grand Final coming in fourth to Minnesota, Georgetown and California while beating Princeton and Wisconsin was a highpoint. I enjoyed greatly working with the students, faculty, and staff at Grand Valley State University.” The “Richard Laurance” will be christened next Homecoming on October 13th, 2007.

We invite everyone out to these events to help celebrate the christenings of two new boats.

GVSU Crew Goes Back to Florida

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

The team is sending 40+ rowers back to Winter Park, Florida this Christmas break for the 2nd year in a row. The trip will be from Dec 28th through Jan 6th. There are a lot more rowers going this year simply because so many more met or succeeded the required splits set by the Head Coach. Although this trip will be a hard training experience with practices 3 times a day, the rowers will also have the chance to visit nearby Orlando and its attractions or the beach to relax in the sun.






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