Archive for September, 2008

Laker Navy Starts Season Strong

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

The Grand Valley Rowing Team showed great potential for this upcoming year after their first race of the season at the University of Western Ontario Invitational this past weekend. Returning varsity and experienced novice crews made the trek to London, Ontario for a unique racing experience and to see how they stacked up against some tough international competition. This regatta featured a 4000 meter, mass-start race followed by a 400 meter sprint to determine the overall winner.

The Women’s Varsity 8+ pushed their way towards the front of the pack early on in their 4000 meter race and never looked back. Though they couldn’t quite catch the leaders from the University of Western Ontario, they held off the rest of the crews to finish in second place. In a very close sprint race, the Lakers crossed the finish line third, but still managed to hang onto their second place overall finish. The women’s team also had a second boat entered in the event. The Lakers finished sixth in the 4000 meter race and second in their sprint to put them in seventh place overall.

In the mass start of the Men’s Varsity 8+ race, the three Grand Valley boats found themselves side by side. The first Laker boat pulled ahead, challenging the leaders from Western Ontario and Brock. A yield at the turn caused the Lakers to lose some ground that they were unable to overcome in the last leg of the race, giving them a third place finish. Another third place finish in the sprint race gave the Lakers a third place overall finish. A sixth place finish in the 4000 meter race and second place in the 400 meter sprint gave the second Grand Valley boat an overall sixth place finish. After a rough start, the third Laker boat finished seventh in the 4K and second in the sprint to finish eighth overall.

Grand Valley also brought a Women’s Varsity 4+ to the regatta. A third place finish in the 4K and a fourth place finish in the 400 meter race gave them a fourth place overall finish.

The Laker’s next event is the Family Day Row this upcoming Saturday, September 27. Friends and family of the Grand Valley Rowing team are invited down to the boathouse in Allendale to get in the boats and experience this exciting sport for themselves. The boathouse will be open from 11am-1pm.

2008 Fall Season Preview

Monday, September 1st, 2008

The 2008 Fall season has gotten underway with practice resuming on August 25th. Roughly twenty athletes have returned to both the men’s and women’s team respectively. Coach John Bancheri, the Director of Rowing at GVSU, has taken over coaching duties of the men’s and women’s varsity program. Coach Bancheri said, “I am very excited to be working with this group of men and women. We have a lot of experienced athletes returning from a successful season last year and I expect them to continue to improve.”

The men return several athletes from the ACRA third place and Henley Royal Regatta quarterfinalist varsity eight, the Dad Vail Champion JV eight, and the Dad Vail finalist frosh/novice eight. Open seats left from members not returning is anticipated to raise the level of intersquad competition early in the fall.

On the women’s side, many from the Dad Vail DII/DIII Silver medalist and Henley Women’s Regatta quarterfinalist varsity eight return. Also returning are several members from the undefeated and Dad Vail Champion women’s frosh/novice eight. Coach Bob Stanage, who guided last years’ novice women, will also be moving up to serve as the varsity assistant coach.

The Laker Navy will kick off the fall season with a trip to the University of Western Ontario the weekend of September 21st to the place in the U. of Western Ontario Invitational Challenge Cup. Soon after, the Lakers will be sending several oarsmen to Boston, MA to compete at the Head of the Charles Regatta. Grand Valley looks to improve on last fall’s fourth place finish in the men’s and women’s Collegiate Eight race.






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