Archive for May, 2007

New Grad Assistant

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

May 26, 2007

Ola NwabaraThe Grand Valley Rowing team is proud to announce the addition of a new member to their accomplished coaching staff. Ola Nwabara, former president of the Purdue rowing team, will take on the role of the Women’s Graduate Assistant beginning this fall. She will be working primarily with the novice ladies’ program, helping with recruiting and introducing new rowers to this exciting sport.

Ola RowingOla graduated from Purdue University in 2007 after a successful academic and athletic career. There she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Management while minoring in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources. She also competed four years for the Biolermakers on the rowing team and was a part of the Dad Vail and S.I.R.A gold medalist Women’s Novice 8+ in 2004. For the 2006-2007 season, Ola lead the team as the club’s president.

Grand Valley is excited to see what new ideas Ola brings to the program as they look forward to another successful year.

The Dad Vail

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007

May 21, 2007

From May 10-12, Grand Valley State University’s rowing team competed in their national championship, the Dad Vail Regatta. The 2,000 meter course on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, PA hosts the largest regatta Grand Valley competes at. The 100+ teams attending and good weather conditions set up the perfect rowing atmosphere.

The Women’s Varsity 8+ took home the only medal of the weekend, placing 2nd in the Division II and III event. A first place finish in their heat sent the women straight to the grand final, where Grand Valley was hoping to amend their loss to Dowling College early this season. As expected, the race came down to Dowling and Grand Valley, but our women came up short in their efforts. Dowling took the event with a time of 6:38. 67, with Grand Valley coming in behind at 6:45.21, and Orange Coast at 6:49.96. Leaving their rowing careers with silver medal in hand are seniors Sarah McCormick, Linzi Proctor, and Andria Salas.

Two more Grand Valley boats also made it into the grand finals. The Men’s Varsity Lightweight 8+ claimed a spot in the finals after finishing second in their heat behind Mercyhurst College. With a time of 6:08.46, the lightweights went on to place 5th in the grand final, closing the gap on the fast competition they have faced throughout the season. Georgia Tech (5:55.06) won the event, followed by St. Joe’s (5:56.24), Mercyhurst (6:01.55), and Jacksonville (6:05.74).

Facing their toughest competition of the season, the Men’s Freshmen/Novice 8+ came up short in their final, finishing in 6th place with a time of 6:12.97. Taking first was Bucknell (6:04.91), with Delaware (6:07.22) coming in second, and St. Joe’s (6:08.9) in third. En route to the finals, the novice men walked through the competition in their heat, winning by boat lengths of open water. Semis did not come as easy, however, but the boys still managed to edge out Army by a bowball in the final strokes to gain a spot in the final.

After a top finish in their heat, the Men’s Varsity 8+, was just shy of making it into the grand final, coming in less than a second behind Jacksonville for the second qualifying spot. The men faced another round of tough competition in the second final, coming in with a fourth place finish (5:59.39). Lehigh (5:53.43) won the event, with St. Joe’s (5:57.4) in second, and Rochester (5:59.3) in third. Purdue won the grand final with a time of 5:42.59.

Both the Women’s and Men’s Varsity Pairs put up a good fight to make it into their respective semi-finals. After taking 3rd in their heat, the women’s pair came up short in their semi. Though their 8:17.28 was not good enough to surpass Tampa (8:06.33) and Oklahoma City (8:11.22), their time put them at an impressive 7th place overall.

The men’s pair, made up of lightweights senior Darren Boshart and junior Kyle Lemoine, went up against some big competition to take 2nd in their heat. They went on to take fourth in their final (7:19.74) behind Cal Long Beach (7:03.06), Toronto Miss (7:07.21), and Duquesne (7:07.64).

In a tight race for 2nd through 4th place, the Women’s Freshman/Novice 8+ (7:19.45) bowed out in heats, missing a bid into the semi-finals by a mere .3 seconds to a fast Villanova crew (7:19.12). Army finished just over a second ahead at 7:17.92. . Purdue (7:07.25) won the heat and would eventually go on to finals.

Though the Dad Vail capped off a successful season for the team as a whole, selected men’s crews will continue their season by competing against top schools from across the country at the IRA National Championship Regatta. Representing Grand Valley is the Varisty 4- of Sadek, Donovan, Vainner, Vallier and the Freshman 4+ of Jaster, Beebe, League, Eisenhauer, Davis. domain name suggestions generator . Heats for the regatta begin May 31 in Camden, NJ with semis and finals following on Friday and Saturday.

MV8: cox. Malloure/Sadek/Donovan/Slater/Vainner/Ott/Copus/Fay/Vallier
ML8: cox. Stevens/Reagan/Gerwatowski/Cecil/Robertson/Plonka/Rejc/Feil/Sylvester
MN8: cox. Shooltz/Beebe/Davis/McClusky/League/Eisenhauer/A.Stoll/M.Stoll/ Schoolcraft
MV2: Boshart/Lemoine
WV8: cox. Rasch/Chaffee/Zelenka/McCormick/Proctor/Morgan/Kroll/Salas/O’Brien
WN8: cox. Higgins/Leipprandt/Holben/Vanderark/Socks/Hubbell/Robinson/Mills/Gray
WV2: Steiginga/Lundsten


Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

May 5th, 2007

Grand Valley State University hosted the MACRA Regatta in downtown Grand Rapids at Riverside Park. Schools competing included Grand Valley, University of Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Mercyhurst and Dayton. Cloudy skies and strong winds blowing across the course was the day’s norm as crews rowed 1850 meters upstream against a swift current.

After a strong performance in their heat, Grand Valley’s Varsity Men’s 4+ placed a disappointing 4th (7:39.68) in the Grand Final, 6 seconds behind Mercyhurst (7:33.28) and a ways back from University of Michigan. The Varsity Men’s 8+ pulled it together for a great race with Ohio State (6:29.72) and University of Michigan (6:34.10). Rowing up to the medals dock GVSU (06:26.48) received their gold medals and the MACRA Men’s cup. The Varsity Men’s pair, consisting of two lightweight rowers, went up against some very stiff competition. University of Michigan entered their entire varsity 8 in the pair event, not allowing any room for the GVSU lightweight pair finishing last in the event. Grand Valley’s Light Weights took a third place finish this weekend in the Light Weight/2nd Varsity event. Mercyhurst’s (6:38.23) and Northwestern’s (6:44.91) Light Weight crews edged out Grand Valley (6:48.94) for the top two spots. Special Mention to Brian Britz who raced his last competitive race For GVSU in the Single Scull Event, coming in last to some young guns.

Grand Valley’s Novice Men finished the day with two silver medals. One silver medal in the Novice Men’s A4+ (7:48.17), losing gold to Ohio State (7:37.65), and the other in the 8+. Michigan (6:34.68), just as in Indiana, took gold ahead of Grand Valley’s Novice Men (6:42.05). The Novice B4+ was eliminated earlier in the day, placing 4th in their heat.

GV’s Varsity Women’s 8+ faced the toughest competition they have had since racing Dowling in New York. Holding the lead over Ohio State for 1500 meters the VW8+ was looking at another 1st place finish. In the last 500 meters, Ohio State (7:24.46) made a devastating sprint, walking through GV (7:27.66) for the gold. With a 23 second victory over Lawrence University, GV’s Varsity Women’s pair heads to Dad Vail with two medals over the past two regattas.

Finishing third in their event was the Novice Women’s 8+ (8:26.88). Both boats to finish ahead of them were from Ohio State, OSU A (8:09.25), and OSU B (8:22.42). The Novice Women also won a bronze medal in the 4+ event. Mercyhurst (9:07.55) and Ohio State (9:02.88) barely edged out the victory over Grand Valley (9:08.89).

Crew of the week goes to the Varsity Men’s 8+ bow four for pulling the stern four down the course and to a gold medal. After the stern four had two prior races in the 4+ event, they were counting on some serious bow drive from their still fresh teammates.
V8 Medals

Grand Valley will be heading to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the May 12th Dad Vail Regatta. This is Grand Valley’s final race of the season and is the Grand Valley Crew’s National Championship regatta.

Click here for full results.

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
MN4A: cox. Schooltz/ Beebe//League/Eisenhauer/Davis
MN4B: cox. Jaster/Waldron/Binford/Bozung/Ripka
MV2: Boshart/Lemoine
WV8: cox. Rasch/Chaffee/Zelenka/McCormick/Proctor/Morgan/Kroll/Salas/O’Brien
WN8: cox. Higgins/Leipprandt/Holben/Vanderark/Socks/Hubbell/Robinson/Mills/Gray
WN4: cox. Higgins/Leipprandt/Holben/Vanderark/Gray

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