Archive for March, 2007

About Spring Break

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

By: Blake Donovan

Spring break 2007 saw a return to Oak Ridge, Tennessee for Grand Valley Rowing. Leaving campus Friday March 2, the team arrived in Oak Ridge the following morning. Training took place on Melton Hill Lake launching from the Oak Ridge Rowing Association boathouse.

Due to strong winds, the first day of training saw a significant decrease in the amount of rowing the team had planned on. Sunny, warm weather characterized the rest of the week, and the team took advantage of it picking up the slack from the first day’s delay. Athletes took to the water twice a day for practice, both morning and afternoon practices lasted upwards of two hours. Emphasis was placed on technique, mileage and speed work for the upcoming spring sprint races. Between practices rowers could be found nursing blistered hands and sore muscles, signs of the hard work everyone is investing in getting faster.

At the end of the week GVSU Rowing got the opportunity to show off the speed they had worked hard for all winter and spring break in scrimmage pieces against the University of Dayton. Men, women, novice, and Varsity eights all got to go head to head in four 1250 meter pieces. The speed Grand Valley gained during spring break was evident as the Men and women varsity eights beat Dayton all four pieces.

Looking forward to the spring race season, there is no doubt that invaluable time was spent training in Oak Ridge. The team rowed hundreds of miles and corrected flaws in technique. Rowers and coxswains alike got to preview the course for SIRA, one of the major spring regattas held on Melton Hill Lake. In short, Grand Valley Rowing gained a lot of speed that will help spearhead the successes we look forward to in the upcoming season

Come watch GVSU row for their 2nd Lubbers Cup Team Points Trophy in a row

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Lubber’s Cup 07 Results.

Don’t miss out on your first chance to see your GVSU Lakers in the Spring 2007 Rowing Season! This Saturday, March 31, GVSU Rowing will be hosting the annual Lubbers Cup Regatta in downtown Grand Rapids at Riverfront Park. The racing runs from 9 am until the closing ceremony at 4:15pm. Crews will be coming from MSU, Northern Michigan University, Notre Dame, University of Michigan, University of Western Ontario, and Western Michigan University. Watch the Women’s Varsity Eight in their first sprint race since their silver medals at Dad Vails, also racing the beautiful brand new shell, “The Jedlic’s” for the very first time.

The Men’s Varsity Eight brings in GVSU tradition with MSU’s Varsity Men’s team, racing for the Lubber’s Cup Trophy. GVSU is also showing its newest varsity addition, the Lightweight Eight, who will kick off their promising spring campaign on Saturday. Don’t forget this is also your first chance to get a look at both speedy novice crews. It should be a great day of racing and hopefully success for these Laker Oarsmen and Oarswomen. Also don’t forget the banquet is that night too. Email Kyle with your last minute RSVPs!

For travel/schedule information on Lubber’s Cup, click here.

GVSU Men vs Notre Dame Men

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

On Saturday, March 24th, the Grand Valley Lakers invited the Notre Dame Mens Team out to their boathouse in Allendale to race in the 1st Annual Notre Dame/Grand Valley Duel. Despite dense morning fog and a very strong current, teams raced three to four 1350 meter pieces upstream.

Grand Valley’s varsity eights began the day’s racing, followed by the lightweight fours and the novice eights. Grand Valley’s 1st varsity boat won three out of their four races, while Grand Valley’s novice eights took the top two spots in their three races. The two teams provided some great competition for each other. The racing showed that the Lakers are well on their way to a successful spring season. The team will spend the upcoming week preparing for the annual Lubbers Cup Regatta in downtown Grand Rapids.

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Summer Rowing Program

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

2007 GVSU
Competitive Summer Rowing Program

Coaching Staff:
John Bancheri
Keith Bouwman
Bob Stanage

Where: GVSU Boathouse; Allendale, MI

When: Early June-Late August; Sunday-Thursday 6:30-9:00pm

• Minimum 2k erg score- 6:30 Men and 7:30 Women
• Cost of $150 in addition to traveling fees
• Focus will be on training in small boats

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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