Archive for April, 2012

Parking Information – 2012 MACRA Regatta

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Please note the following construction ramp closure:

ATTENTION: The ramp from Westbound I-196 to Northbound I-196 will be closed before and during the regatta. If you planned to come from the east, please follow these directions to the park instead:

Follow I-96 past the I-196 exit to M-44 Connector/Plainfield Avenue, Exit 33. Turn right/south from the exit onto Plainfield. Follow Plainfield south ~3/4 mile to 3 Mile Rd. and turn right. Take 3 Mile Rd. west 1 mile to Monroe Ave. and turn right. Athlete parking is just ahead on the left. Coach/trailer parking is 1/4 mile north, on the left. There is a map at

NOTE: Due to parking limitations at Riverside Park we will issue parking passes with the registration packages. Athletes will typically have enough passes for 1 car with 3-4 athletes. Limited overflow parking is available in the neighborhood to the east. Also, utility trailers with team tents can enter the park through the Boat Launch 2 entrance on Friday and should be left with the tent. Utility trailers arriving on Saturday should be parked north of the footbridge via the Boat Launch 3 entrance.

Grand Valley Wins Crew of The Week

Friday, April 20th, 2012

The Grand Valley Mens Varsity 8+ Won a Nation Poll for Crew of the week after a rigorous couple days of voting on row2k ( Voting ended Thursday April 19th at 5:00 P.M. EST with voting that came all the way to the wire. The result was a draw, with a statistical tie between Bryn Mawr Women’s Varsity 4+ and the Laker Navy’s Mens Varsity 8+. Thanks to your vote and those of the Laker Family, the Laker Navy Won a top Honor of National Crew of the Week.

This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Entire Laker Navy. This honors coming as the Grand Valley Rowing Team is heading to Oak Ridge, TN for the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships (SIRA).The 2012 SIRA Championship Regatta will be held on April 21-22 as Laker Navy looks to continue their success and get great racing in this weekend. Keep pulling for the Laker Navy and Check back here often for the latest news and results.

The Lakers Showcase Speed at 2012 Lubbers Cup Regatta

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Senior Writer: James Wilkie ’12,
Major: Health Communications

The 17th Annual Lubbers Cup Regatta was an all around success for the Grand Valley Lakers. Having great racing at the Spring Lake venue gives athletes, parents, and alumni a chance to showcase some speed and that is exactly what the GVSU crew did.

The women’s team claimed the Women’s points trophy by a landslide as they claimed victories in the Women’s Novice 8+, Women’s 2V 8+, Women’s Novice 4+, Women’s Varsity 8+, and the Women’s 2V/ Lightweight 4+.

The Grand Valley Men took second in the Men’s points trophy behind the University of Michigan Men by one point. The GVSU men’s team had a very promising showing as they took 1st place in the Men’s Varsity 8+, Men’s Novice 8+, Men’s 3V 4+, and the Men’s Varsity 4+.

From a senior’s perspective, this is the fastest that I have seen the Grand Valley Crew as a whole. The Women are yet again at Dad Vail medal speed and have fantastic depth. There are going to be challenges ahead for the women but I truly believe that once they hit Philadelphia, there is a heck of a chance that they will be leaving with hardware around their necks.

For the first time since 2004, the Varsity Men have defeated Michigan in the Spring season and matched the powerhouse crew across the board by having three Varsity 8+’s that are competing at a high level; giving us a depth that I believe has never been achieved at Grand Valley. Along with three Varsity boats displaying excellent speed, the Novice 8+ is looking fast and I could see them in the top boats in the
Dad Vail National Championship Regatta.

It is a weird feeling to see an ENTIRE crew do so well, so early in the season. I personally have never had so much pride when saying that I am apart of the GVSU crew. Standing on the awards stage with the Men’s V8+ and being able to take a picture with my arm around Don Lubbers is going to be a an unforgettable memory. However, I know that there is work to do and speed to gain and only a month to do it. Coach Bancheri is going to kick our butts in the coming weeks because for the rest of the season people are will be coming after Grand Valley.

Lubbers Cup Regatta Interview

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Lubbers Cup Regatta Interview on WGHN

Then a national interview with Rowing Illustrated
RI Hour of Power 4/4/12- Grand Valley Head Coach
by lt.wolf on Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:09 pm

April 4

7:00 EDT FTNS.CO – there are android and apple aps for it

Podcast will be out within half hour of the show .
Podcast Here

Head Coach John Bancheri

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