Archive for October, 2010

Head of the Eagle

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Grand Valley’s rowing team had another fantastic showing in the Head of the Eagle regatta this past Halloween weekend. Both the men and women of the Grand Valley crew performed very well against the stiff competition that included the University of Michigan, MSU, MSOE, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin. Even with the heavy competition, the GVSU crew came home with medals in almost every event. Both crews took medals in the open 4+, and a victory in the mens open pair. The novice crews showed great progess and speed even with larger schools entered, this is evident by the womens novice 8+ winning a gold medal. Both the men and women finished up the regatta with gold medals in the Varsity 8+’s. As the Fall season comes to an end, it is obvious that the Grand Valley Crew has alot of speed to look forward to in the spring.

The Head of the Charles Regatta: A Stepping Stone for Success

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Grand Valley’s rowing team performed well in the Head of the Charles regatta yet again. The GVSU men’s team placed 8th overall out of 42 entries in the collegiate mens 8+ with a time of 15:22. They were able to beat several teams that are going to be seen in future regattas like the Dad Vail regatta. The women’s crew raced in the extremely competitive Womens Championship 8+ and finished with a time of 17:00 which placed them in 19th place overall. This is a very good performance based on the competition of the other schools entered such as Harvard and Princeton.The Grand Valley Rowing team even had a men’s alumni 8+ which had a great showing, and just goes to show the dedication that Grand Valley rowers have even after graduation. Grand Valley Crew had a great showing in this prestigious regatta and have a very successful season ahead of them.

Head of the Grand Regatta: A Learning Experience

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

The Grand Valley rowing team dived into its competitive fall racing season on Sunday in Lansing at The Head of the Grand Regatta. The races provided the team, especially the novice crews, with valuable competitive experience, and also gave them an idea of what they’ll face in upcoming races in Indianapolis and Boston.Grand Valley rowers made strong showings all around. The men’s novice eights took first and third against Michigan and MSU. The novice women performed impressively as well, taking first in the eight by almost 45 seconds. The top novice men’s and women’s fours won their events definitively and were excited about their first races. Novice Jordan Crandell notes, “I was super nervous. But I thought the races went really well. We’ve got a lot to learn, but it was a great first regatta.”Although the varsity athletes did not face the novelty that clearly motivated their younger teammates, they stepped up to the familiarity of racing with fresh legs and competitive spirit. Both varsity women’s eights were tenacious in their event, with the 1V walking away from the field and the 2V reeling in MSU. The top two Grand Valley women’s fours tied for first place, and the other GV boats finished within less than a minute of their simultaneously victorious teammates. On the men’s side, the V8 was edged out of first place by a Michigan crew, but senior captain Brendan Sawyer says it was good experience for the team. “Right now we are on the edge of being competitive with other top club programs. This year we have a young 8+ and with time we will close the gap. We are getting faster every practice we have together; it’s only a matter of time and committment,” he says. The men’s fours also faced stiff competition from their U of M rivals, but rowed solid races that will set them up for the rest of the fall season.

First Regatta of the Season a Success!

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

by Jimmy Wilkie
This past weekend the Grand Valley Crew had a successful day of racing in the Grand River Challenge Regatta. This smaller regatta proved to be a fun day of racing as almost all of the open events were filled with Grand Valley boats. As the Varsity Crew members found this weekend of racing more of an intense training session, the men’s and women’s novice crews were able to get their first taste of college rowing in a regatta format. The Novice men and women’s coaches were very pleased with their new athletes and are looking forward to a fast season full of gold medals. Overall morale of the Grand Valley Rowing Team is very high and from the looks of things, they will have yet another successful season.






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