The frost covering the regatta site upon arrival was fitting for the 2007 Spring Lake Frostbite Regatta on Saturday. Nevertheless, crews from Grand Valley and Michigan State came together for a series of sprint races to finish off the fall season and start getting ready for the spring.
Boats in both the men’s and women’s flights raced in a total of four races: a 2000 meter head race, and 1500m, 1000m, and 500m sprint races.
Four Grand Valley and two Michigan State women’s boats were the first to race. Grand Valley 1 took first place overall after winning the 2000, 1500, and 1000 meter events. Grand Valley 3 claimed the second place spot after winning the 500 meter dash and second place finishes in the 1500 and 1000. MSU 1 held their position in the third place spot where they finished all but one race.
On the men’s side, it was Grand Valley’s second varsity that came out victorious in a flight of five Grand Valley crews and four Michigan State crews. Winning 3 of 4 races put them ahead of their Grand Valley 1 counterparts. Grand Valley 1 took second place after taking 1st in the 2000 meter head race and 2nd in both the 1500 and 1000. As in the women’s raced, Michigan State 1 kept a consistent 3rd place in three races and overall.
The Grand Valley rowing team will now head indoors for winter training as they look forward to a spring even more successful than the fall.