Archive for August, 2009

Lakers Gear Up for Season, Announce Captains

Monday, August 10th, 2009

The Laker Navy returns for the 2009-2010 campaign with their eyes set on a third team point’s national championship. Coach John Bancheri returns for his fifth year at the helm of the Laker Navy, with the intention of making this his most successful season to date.

Bancheri states, “When I arrived at GVSU and discussed the possibilities of our development, we set lofty goals that we believed were attainable. We have reached or surpassed our initial four year goal on almost every level. This was possible with the support of the institution, a competent staff that worked together and most importantly, a group of committed student athletes who believed they could be as successful as any varsity-club program in the US.

In the previous four years, we have developed the “Happy Boathouse Model”. Both our men’s and women’s crews, although seperate, are equal in training, facilities and equipment. They have worked side by side to help each other get faster, which is something that no one has had to legislate. They have developed successful crews and individual athletes who have attained a higher level each and every year because they are happy, they are challenged, they support each others goals, and most importantly they support the vision of what is needed for the greater good of the programs terminal goal. These are great victories in and of themselves and winning Dad Vail, points trophies, sending athletes to national camps are all feathers in our cap. However, the fact that all of our athletes and staff (male and female) support the vision of the program says simply that we are poised to continue to further develop our athletes and our program”.

Joining Coach Bancheri on the coaching staff will be Mark McIlduff in his fourth year with the team, as well as first year coaches Lisa Saladino and Geoff Sadek. GVSU Rowing also welcomes facilities coordinator Kyle LeMoine and advisor Kirsten Bartels to the staff.

On the women’s side, captains Kelsey Arnold ’11 and Samantha Morgan ’10 return to lead a very talented and motivated group. Arnold and Morgan were members of the highly successful 2009 varsity eight that took home wins at the Dad Vail and ACRA regattas. Both Arnold and Morgan spent the summer training at elite camps. Arnold was selected to compete at US U23 Selection Camp in Oak Ridge, TN while Morgan trained out of Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, PA. Joining the captains is an extremely competitive group of ladies that helped Grand Valley to its most successful women’s season ever in 2009. This group will look to improve on those results and it should prove to be another exciting year for the Laker ladies.

The men will look to senior captains Breck Davis ’10 and Mike Stoll ’10 to lead a young group high on potential. Davis was a member of the varsity eight the past two seasons. Some of the highlights include trips to the Dad Vail final two years in a row and a third place finish at the ACRA in 2008 and 2009. Breck was also a member of the 2008 crew that made the quarterfinals at Henley Royal Regatta in the Temple Challenge Cup. Stoll is going on his second year as president of the club and was a 2008 Dad Vail champion in the JV eight. In 2009, Stoll stroked the JV eight to a third place finish at Vails and a second place finish at ACRA. The men will also return several members of both the varsity and JV eights from last season. Filling in the gaps, will be a talented group of sophomores looking to make good on a promising novice season.

Grand Valley rowers to compete at 127th Canadian Henley

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

August 9th, 2009

Sam Morgan completed her summer racing with Vesper BC today racing in the grand final of the Women’s Championship eight. Morgan stroked the crew to a second place finish in a time of 6:22.1, just behind the winner Guelph RC at 6:19.3. This marked the end of her summer rowing in which she won the Senior Women’s four and eight at the Club National Championships and the Senior Women’s eight at the Royal Canadian Henley Ragatta.


August 7th, 2009

A day after winning the Senior eight, Sam Morgan and the Vesper U23 eight took fourth in their grand final today. Finishing in a time of 6:33.7, their effort was not enough to overtake the champions of Ottawa Rowing Club that clocked a time of 6:20.8. Morgan will complete her week in the Championship eight later in the weekend.

Geoff Sadek and Blake Donovan rowed to a 3rd place finish in their semi-final and failed to qualify for the grand final.


August 6th, 2009

Sam Morgan and the Vesper eight took home the Candain Henley championship in the Senior Women’s eight today in a time of 6:33.4 ahead of NYAC in 6:35.3. This victory came in Sam’s first of three grand final races this weekend. She will also race in the U23 eight and Championship eight.

Geoff Sadek and Blake Donovan took third in the U23 Men’s pair to qualify for the semi-final on Friday.

Ross Anderson 06′ rowed at the US senior trials and took third in the Men’s single.


August 5th, 2009

Sam Morgan stroked the Vesper Women’s U23 eight to another second place finish today in the heats. The time of 6:58.7 into a stiff headwind was good enough to secure a spot in the final and put them just behind St. Catherines RC at 6:55.6. Once again, Morgan’s heat held the two fastest times of the day. Sam will compete in three grand finals over the next few days, the Women’s Senior eight, U23 eight, and Championship eight.

Grand Valley facilities coordinator and assistant coach Kyle Lemoine participated in the Senior Lightweight Men’s single. Kyle rowed to a sixth place finish in the heats and did not qualify for the semi-final.

The Senior Men’s pair of Geoff Sadek and Blake Donovan took fourth in their semi-final today, failing to qualify for the grand final by one placement in a time of 6:46.7. The pair will take another shot in the U23 Men’s pair later this week.


August 4th, 2009

Sam Morgan stroked the Vesper Women’s Senior eight to a second place finish and a spot in the grand final with a time of 6:34.9 today at the Canadian Henley. New York Athletic Club took first in the heat in a time of 6:33.3. Both boats were well ahead of the second heats times. Sam will row in the U23 eight heat tomorrow.

Geoff Sadek and Blake Donovan rowed to a third place finish in the Senior Men’s pair heat 4. The duo came in at 6:58.1, just behind two Mendota Rowing Club (Wisconsin) boats at 6:56.7 and 6:57.9 respectively. Again, the heat comprised the three fastest times of the event on the day. The pair will advance to the semi-final.

In other news, Grand Valley grad Ross Anderson 06′ will compete in the Senior World trials this Thursday at Mercer, NJ. He will row for a spot on the World Championship team in the Men’s Single.


August 3rd, 2009

The 127th Annual Royal Canadian Henley Regatta will kick off tomorrow on Tuesday, August 4th. Grand Valley State will have four rowers competing at the regatta. Rising senior and women’s team captain Samantha Morgan has been training all summer with Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, PA. Sam will be stroking the Vesper entry in the Women’s Senior 8+, the Under 23 Women’s 8+, and the Women’s Championship 8+. The Senior and U23 eights have heats and finals, while the champ eight is scheduled for a final only.

Recently graduated men’s captains Geoff Sadek and Blake Donovan are entered to compete in the Senior Men’s pair and Under 23 Men’s pair. The duo took fourth last summer in the U23 category and will look to improve on that result. Sadek will be joining the Grand Valley coaching staff in the fall. Also competing, Kyle Lemoine will row the Senior Men’s lightweight single. Lemione will join the staff in the fall as facilities coordinator.

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