Archive for August, 2008

Pair Competes in Grand Final of Royal Canadian Henley Regatta

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Senior captains Blake Donovan and Geoff Sadek concluded their week at the 126th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta by participating in the Grand Final of the Senior B Men’s Pair today at 2:00pm in St. Catherines, Ontario. Earlier in the week, the duo rowed to a fourth place finish in the Senior B Men’s Double on August, 7th. Today, the pair matched their result in the double by rowing to a fourth place result in the Grand Final with a time of 6:47.89. Fedemex Rowing Club won the event in a time of 6:32.03. This regatta concludes a successful summer of competition for the Laker Navy men’s captains which included a trip to England to race at the Henley Royal Regatta with the varsity eight.

Also competing today were Kelsey Arnold ‘10 with Vesper Boat Club and alum Ross Anderson ‘06 with Penn A.C. Kelsey will row in the Grand Final of the Senior B Women’s 4- tomorrow, August 10th.

Update from Canadian Henley

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

The Grand Valley contingent at the Royal Canadian Henley continued to succeed on the fourth day of the regatta. Blake Donovan ‘09 and Geoff Sadek ‘09 rowed to a second place finish in the second semi-final of the Senior B Men’s Pair with a time of 7:12.51, only 0.08 seconds behind first place North Star Rowing Club at 7:12.43. Fedemex Rowing Club won the first semi-final in a time of 7:14.38. The Grand Final will be held at 2:00pm est on Saturday, August 9th. The duo also rowed to a 4th place finish in the Grand Final of the Senior B Men’s 2x on August 7th.

Also competing on August 8th, 2008 was Kelsey Arnold ‘10 for Vesper Boat Club. Kelsey rowed to a first place finish in the heats of the Senior B Women’s 4- to qualify for the Grand Final on Sunday, August 10th. In the afternoon, Kelsey rowed six seat in Vesper’s Senior B Women’s 8+, finishing in sixth place in the Grand Final. St. Catherines won the event in a time of 7:00.86.

GVSU Represented Well at Canadian Henley

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Grand Valley is being represented by three oarsmen at the 126th Royal Canadian Henely Regatta this week in St. Catherines, Ontario. Men’s captains Blake Donovan ’09 and Geoff Sadek ’09 are competing in the Senior B Men’s Double and Senior B Men’s Pair. Today, the combo rowed to a second place finish in heats of the Senior B Pair to qualify for the semifinals on Friday, August 8th. The time of 7:16.12 placed them roughly 6 seconds behind Fedemex Rowing Club in their heat held at 11:48am this morning. Later, they jumped into the double for the Grand Final held at 3:35pm. The pair had only been training for a couple weeks together before competition. Their time of 7:04.11 was good enough for fourth place in a competitive field that saw Siegburger Ruderverein 1910 take home Henley Gold in a time of 6:49.02. The men’s captains have stated that they hope to bring back and share their experience gained by competing in both the Royal Henley and Canadian Henley Regattas.

Also representing the Laker Navy is Kelsey Arnold ’10. Kelsey was part of the undefeated Novice Women’s eight that swept through the season and made the varsity eight that represented GVSU in England. She is rowing with Vesper Boat Club this summer, out of Philadelphia, PA. She has qualified for the Grand Final of the Senior B Women’s eight on Friday, August 8th and will also compete in the heats of the Senior B Women’s 4- the morning of August 8th.






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