Archive for April, 2007

Indianapolis Collegiate Invitational

Monday, April 30th, 2007

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

Complete Results

Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

April 22, 2007

This weekend Grand Valley Crew traveled to Oak Ridge, Tennessee for the SIRA (Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association) regatta. SIRA is the second largest regatta GVSU crew competes at and prepares the team for the Dad Vail. SIRA is a great indicator of where the team stands three weeks prior to Dad Vail, the team’s championship regatta. From the team’s success and improvement from previous years attending SIRA, the coaches and athletes are looking forward to Dad Vail with high expectations.

Head Coach John Bancheri commented, “I was extremely pleased with this year’s SIRA results. We had lofty goals coming into this regatta, however we came up short. Our athletes decided to continue their training regimen through this event and our current final exams. In hindsight, by looking at the results we have made great improvements over the last year. I believe we are poised to have a few medalist eights at this year’s Dad Vail regatta.”

The Men’s Varsity 8+ saw their toughest competition of the season and narrowly missed qualifying for the A final. After a B final nearly as fast as the A, the Men’s V8 (6:13.1) placed 2nd 1.1 seconds behind Jacksonville (6:12.0). The University of Virginia won the regatta with a time of 5:57.6. With the men being competitive with the top boats throughout the weekend, and the speed they expect to gain in the following weeks, they will attack the rest of the season with renewed intensity. Sophomore stroke Geoff Sadek added, “We were able to identify some of our strengths and weaknesses this weekend, and we look forward to progressing the boat speed. We are a young group and will only get better as we gain more race experience.”

The Men’s Lightweight 8+ raced the heats Friday evening, finishing third and qualifying for the Grand Final. The Grand Final saw some very fast competition and the GVSU eight rowed to a fifth place finish. The top spot belonged to Mercyhurst at 6:11.4, followed closely by St. Joseph’s (6:11.7), Jacksonville (6:13.4), Georgia Tech (6:17.9), Grand Valley (6:22.9), and Purdue (6:26.2). The lightweights race next at the Indianapolis Invite on April 28.
Men's Pair with Trophy
Amongst the Varsity Men, two athletes stood out winning gold in the Varsity Pair event. The pair of Tim Vallier and Justin Ott rowed in a dead heat all the way down the course. In the end the race came down to two boats, GVSU finishing with a time of 7:29.5 and Washington University at 7:30.8.

In a difficult heat on Saturday, the Men’s Novice 4+ was unfortunately eliminated. Despite the loss, the Novice 4 looks ahead to the Indianapolis Invite with confidence seeing they rowed the fourth overall fastest time in the events’ heats.

After two days of great racing the Novice Men’s 8+ men placed 2nd with a time of 6:18.5 behind St. Joe’s at 6:15.1, narrowly missing gold in the last 750meters. The silver medalist Novice Men’s 8+ was also chosen by the coaching staff as the GVSU crew of the week. Although the strong novice pair that had been sitting in the engine room was put into the varsity eight, the two lightweight freshmen replacing them helped the boat improve technically. The seven other athletes also raised their level and were able to earn a second place finish. Assistant Coach Mark McIlduff declared, “I was proud with the intensity with which they raced. They will continue to follow the training program and should pick up some speed in the next couple of weeks.” The crew consisted of Scott Feil at bow, Matt Rejc, Daniel Schoolcraft, Mike Stoll, Andrew Stoll, Mark McClusky, Breck Davis, Thomas Beebe at stroke, and coxswain Jessica Shooltz.

The Varsity Women, in their usual form, did not fail to impress. Finishing in 6:56.2, 12 seconds ahead of the competition yelling, “AMF” the WV8 grabbed gold. Sam Morgan, four seat in the WV8 commented on their race, “It was rough off the start, but we walked through the competition and didn’t let up until the finish.” After finishing second place in the event last year, the crew was happy with the turn around. The young group, including three seniors, a junior, two sophomores and two novices, looks forward to continuing their improvement into the Dad Vail.

Once more, GVSU medaled in the pair event. Not knowing what to expect, the Women’s Varsity Pair surprised everyone with a bronze medal finish. The pair of Kaitlin Steigenga and Caitlin Lundsten rowed a strong race to finish with a time of 9:05.3 behind Georgia Tech (8:35.3) and Tampa.

GVSU’s Novice Ladies came up just short and walked away empty handed this weekend. The Novice 4+ put together their best race yet, but was ousted in heats against some fast competition.

In their heat, the Women’s Novice 8+ showed lots of speed with the top qualifying time of 7:04.4, finishing well ahead of the competition. Racing came down to a bow ball in the Women’s Novice 8+ Grand Final as GVSU went stroke for stroke with the University of Texas for third place. In the end, Grand Valley finished fourth at 7:33.7, behind Texas (7:33.5), Georgia (7:22.8), and Ohio State (7:17.9).

The Men’s team will race next at the Indianapolis Collegiate Invitational at the Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis, IN on April 28. The women will use that weekend to stay home and train.

Complete Results

MV8: cox. Malloure/Sadek/Vainner/Slater/Donovan/Eisenhauer/League/Fay/Copus
ML8: cox. Bachert/Reagan/Gerwatowski/Cecil/Robertson/Plonka/Boshart/LeMoine/Sylvester
MN8: cox. Schooltz/Beebe/Davis/McClusky/A.Stoll/M.Stoll/Schoolcraft/Rejc/Feil
MN4: cox. Jaster/Waldron/Binford/Bozung/Ripka
MV2: Ott/Vallier
WV8: cox. Rasch/Chaffee/Zelenka/McCormick/Proctor/Morgan/Kroll/Salas/O’Brien
WN8: cox. Higgins/Leipprandt/Gray/Vanderark/Holben/Hubbell/Socks/Mills/Robinson
WN4: cox. Adams/Miller/Sixbey-Spring/Hatten/Stiner
WV2: Lundsten/Steigenga

Varsity Women's 8 with Trophy

America’s Other West Coast Regatta

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

April 14, 2007.

Michigan decided to create a pleasant rowing atmosphere, and the temperatures stayed almost spring like for the races between GVSU, Northwestern U, Dayton U, University of Cincinnati, MSU, Wheaton U and Calvin College. The race course was shortened to around 1600m, due to the strong current the rowers battled against, to produce “true 2k times.” Grand Valley swept the regatta with their eights, winning the Novice Men’s, Novice Women’s, Varsity Men’s, and Varsity Women’s races. The Lightweight Men’s team placed second behind Northwestern University. The team points trophy for the Men’s and Women’s team was awarded to Grand Valley State, as was the overall team points trophy.
Next weekend Grand Valley Travels to SIRA, a championship regatta in Oak Ridge, TN. This regatta sets the team into forward racing momentum, and the entire crew is looking eagerly forward to their next race.
Special thanks goes out to the parents, the fans and the food tent providers. The team would not be the same without you, and you are much appreciated!!

Full Results

VM-(5:59.37) c;Malloure/Sadek/Donovan/Slater/Vainner/Eisenhauer/League/Trip/Copus
VW-(7:04.93) c:Rasch/Chaffee/Zelenka/Leipprant/Proctor/Morgan/Kroll/Salas/O’Brien
LwtM-(6:16.50) c:Stevens/Reagan/Gerwatowski/Cecil/Robertson/Plonka/Boshart/LeMoine/Sylvester
NM-(6:24.48) c: Shootz/Bebee/Davis/McClusky/Stoll/Stoll/Schoolcraft/Rejc/Feil
NW-(7:33.96) c:Higgins/Leipprandt/Holben/VanderArk/Socks/Hubbell/Robinson/Miller/Gray

(Below: Varsity Women’s 8 holding the Women’s Team Trophy)

GVSU v Hobart/ William Smith & Dowling Women

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

April 7th, 2007

Grand Valley Crew ventured to Geneva, New York for a weekend duel with Hobart & William Smith Colleges and Dowling College. Racing took place on Hobart & William Smith Colleges’ home course. Events consisted of both men’s and women’s varsity 8, varsity 4, novice 8 and novice 4. Conditions were less than ideal; the air temperature hung in the upper 20’s with snow fall ranging from small flurries to near white out conditions. Fortunately the narrow course was sheltered from the wind allowing for smooth racing water.

Men’s Varsity 8 saw great racing as Hobart and Grand Valley entered the final sprint where Hobart managed to take the lead with a time of 7:09.58 to the Grand Valley 7:10.03. The Lakers’ Light Weights displayed their speed and finesse posting a time of 7:23.42 over Hobart’s 2nd Varsity 7:39.43. Grand Valley Novice Men showed heart coming in at 7:30.8, 7 seconds behind Hobart (7:23.7) after an oar lock opened twice during the event causing for an interesting race.

Results from the Men’s 4 event were characterized by lopsided victories. Varsity 4 Flight one, Hobart A vs. Grand Valley A, had Hobart clocking in at 8:00.4, Grand Valley at 8:15.7. Come flight two, Hobart B vs. Grand Valley B, hungry for a win Grand Valley B walked away from Hobart B (8:13.7) with the fastest 4 time of the day (7:59.4). The Novice 4 had similar success with a win in their event (Grand Valley A 8:16.7, Hobart 8:32.7, Grand Valley B 9:05.3). Unfortunately, Grand Valley Light Weights saw somewhat different results losing against Hobart’s 2nd varsity 4 (Hobart 8:14.2, Grand Valley A 8:34.5, Grand Valley B 9:15.55).

The Women’s Crew saw mixed results in the 8 event. Women’s V8 placed a close second to Dowling and put a fair amount of water between themselves and William Smith (Dowling 8:02.8, Grand Valley 8:04.3, William Smith 8:15.4). In the 2V Grand Valley (8:41.1) put up another victory over William Smith (8:49.3). William Smith got their hard earned victory in the Novice 8 (William Smith 9:10.9, Grand Valley 9:15.2).

In the Women’s 4 event the Grand Valley Varsity A boat (8:54.3) proved faster than William Smith A (8:59.2). A wide array of times marked the Varsity B event as Grand Valley came in second to William Smith (William Smith 9:33.6, Grand Valley 9:48.5, Dowling 10:52.8). Running short on time, coaches ran a quick 500m sprint between Grand Valley and William Smith Women’s Novice 4 (Dowling 2:20.3, Grand Valley 2:24.0).

Despite the adverse weather GVSU Crew was able to get in some good racing. How well GVSU faired against Hobart and Dowling provides a good gauge of where the program is at this point in the season. As Grand Valley gets faster each week, everybody will undoubtedly see more victories throughout the rest of the season.

Looking forward to April 14th, what is being called “Americas Other West Coast” will take place in down town Grand Rapids at Riverside Park. GVSU will be racing Cincinnati’s men, Dayton’s men, Calvin’s Women, NorthWestern and Wheaton.

MV8: c: Malloure/Fay/Donovan/Slater/Vainner/Eisenhauer/League/Sadek/Vallier
MV8B: c: Stevens/McClusky/Copus/Beebe/Davis/Ott/Stoll,A./Schoolcraft/Cecil
WV8: c: Rasch/Chaffee/Zelenka/McCormick/Proctor/Morgan/Kroll/Salas/O’Brien
WV8B: c: Higgins/Leipprandt/Steigenga/Hubbell/Holben/VanderArk/Robinson/Socks/ Gray
MN8: c: Shooltz/Beebe/Davis/Eisenhauer/League/McClusky/Stoll,A./Stoll,M./Feil
WN8: c: Higgins/Liepprandt/Kroll/Hubbell/Holben/VanderArk/Sixbey-Spring/Hatten/Mills
LWT.8: c: Bachert/Reagan/Gerwatowski/Robertson/Rejc/Plonka/Boshart/LeMoine/ Sylvester
MV4A: c: Stevens/Sadek/Vainner/Slater/Vallier
MV4B: c: Malloure/Fay/Donovan/Ott/Cecil
WV4A: c: Rasch/Chaffee/Zelenka/McCormick/Proctor
MV4B: c: Adams/Morgan/Steigenga/Salas/O’Brien
MN4A: c: Jaster/Beebe/League/Eisenhauer/Davis
MN4B: c: Klein/Waldron/Binford/Bozung/Feil
WN4: c: Adams/Miller/Gray/Redash/Takacs
LWT.4A: c: Bachert/Gerwatowski/Reagan/Rejc/Robertson
LWT.4B: c: Shooltz/Sylvester/Plonka/Ripka/Lemoine

Hobart vs Grand Valley MV8s

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