Archive for June, 2008

Lakers Recieve Draw for Henley Royal Regatta

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

At 3:00pm today at the Henley-on-Thames town hall, the Henley Royal Regatta held its annual draw selection. The Laker Navy Navy drew favorably, with the regatta committee selecting four tier one boats (Trinity College, USA; Harvard University, USA; Cornell University, USA; Durham University ‘A’) and four tier two crews (Grand Valley State University, USA; Stanford University, USA; A.A.S.R. Skool; University of Western Ontario). From there, the remaining crews that qualified through the time trial and the other crews that avoided the trial were drawn randomly to face off against the ‘tier’ teams.

The Lakers will race Warwick University, a school from England, on Wednesday afternoon. For the complete draw, visit the following website:

Henley Royal Regatta Draw

Laker Men Set to Travel to Henley

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

The Laker Navy will be sending its’ Men’s Varsity eight to England on Wednesday to compete at the Henley Royal Regatta which takes place July 2nd – July 6th at Henley-on-the-Thames. The men have received a top 15 draw and will avoid having to row in the qualifying races on Friday, June 27th. With 75 entries this year in the Temple Challenge Cup, and only 32 spots available in the field, sixty teams will have to go through a qualification time trial to fill the remaining 17 slots. The Lakers were drawn to be among the field of fifteen that avoids the time trial.

Information about the qualification process may be found at:
HRR Qualifying

The Men’s Journal posts will start June 24th with a summary of the training leading up to this prestigious regatta.

Varsity 8+ Bows out in Quarterfinals of HWR

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

The Grand Valley State women squared off in a match race against Thames Rowing Club in the quarterfinals of the Henley Women’s Regatta. The skies were clear with a light head wind, making for conditions slightly slower than the morning round. TRC came off the line quickly and had a deck lead at the shift. With the crews lengthening, Thames jumped out with a long, controlled rate to a six seat advantage. GVSU fought hard from behind and made a slight push back into the Thames crew, but started to fade at the half-way point.

Sophomore Sam Morgan said about the race, “They took us off the start and we never fell back into rhythm. We fought hard, but we were fighting from behind. It was a great effort but we fell a bit short today.”

The Lakers fell by a length and a half to TRC, Thames finishing the race in a time of 5.24.

Coach Bob Stanage said, “We came to England to face the best clubs in the world. This afternoon we ran into a crew faster than us and did just that. Hats off to Thames Rowing Club. We did our best, and that is what we came to do.”

The Grand Valley varsity eight will remain in England to tour for a few days. Thank you to everyone who supported the trip and made this experience of a lifetime possible.

GVSU Women Advance to Round of 8 at HWR

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

The Grand Valley women have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Henley Women’s Regatta to be held today at 1:30 pm (8:30am est). The Laker Navy was victorious this morning in the round of sixteen as they squared off against the National University of Ireland. With the wind near dead and a light rain, conditions were a bit faster. The Lakers burst off the line to a near boat length advantage by the shift to pace. Coxswain Katie Higgins added, “The start was much sharper than yesterday afternoon, and I think there is still room to improve.” At the shift, the ladies pushed further with a long, controlled stroke rate. Midway through, the Lakers held a three boat length lead and settled into a relaxed rhythm, coasting in at 5.20 and 2 ½ lengths ahead.

The Lakers expect a difficult race this afternoon in the round of eight. Thames Rowing Club pushed out ahead of Trinity College, USA ‘B’ early and finished 2 lengths ahead in a time of 5.10. Junior Sarah Zelenka comments, “Our two races have prepared us, and I think we are ready to push ourselves this afternoon.”






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