Archive for May, 2012

Grand Valley scores successful five-peat at ACRA

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Heat and Humidity were obstacles for the Grand Valley Rowing team at the American Collegiate Rowing Association Championship in Gainesville, Georgia along with fierce competition. Throughout the weekend, sustained heat and humidity persisted, challenging rowers and coxswains to stay hydrated. However, in the end, things would work out for the Lakers, as Grand Valley Rowing succeeded in scoring its Fifth straight ACRA Women’s and ACRA Overall Team Points Championships, continuing its winning streak since the inaugural ACRA Championship.

Saturday’s heats and semifinals went well for the Lakers, with a Men’s Varsity 8+, Men’s Second Varsity 8+ Men’s Novice 8+, Men’s Double, Men’s Pair, a Women’s Varsity 8+, Women’s Novice 8+, Women’s Second Varsity 8+, and a Women’s Single making it to the Grand Finals

The Women’s Varsity 8+, coxed by Jordan Hart ’13 and rowed by Shelby Welbaum ’14, Rebecca Studer ’13, Jessica Vogl ’13, Nicole Hagoort ’13, Kylen Pattermann ’13, Lauren Adlof ’12, Lindsay Marshall ’12, and Carey Mankins ’13 took First in their preliminary heat with a time of 6:54.7; advancing them to the Grand Finals. The women took Gold in the Grand Finals with a winning time of 6:23.4.

The Men’s Varsity 8+, coxed by Chris Simon ’14 and rowed by Jimmy Wilkie ’12, Chad Condon ’13, Ken Pierson ’14, Nate Biolchini ’13, Keegen Jahnke ’13, Austin Burris ’15, Marco Benedetti ’12, and Justin Wegner ’13, took First in their heat with a time of 5:57.1; advancing them to the Grand Finals. In the Grand Finals they took Fourth with a time of 5:53.7.

The Women’s Second Varsity 8+, coxed by Jeremy Schaumann ’13 and rowed by Staci O’Brien ’14, Kersten O’Brien ’14, Jordan Crandell ’14, Beth Czarnecki ’12, Chelsea Shoop ’13, Molly Visel, Amy Brunner ’13, and Alese Garstick ’14, took Second in their preliminary heat with a time of 7:19.0. In the Grand Finals they took Third with a time of 6:23.4.

The Men’s Second Varsity 8+, coxed by Dayna Campbell ’12 and rowed by Thomas Sawicki ’14, Dominic Kootsillas-Conybeare ’13, Costas Ciungan ’14, Sam Fearnow ’12 Ryan Kasley ’13, Ben Steel ’14, Ed Avena ’14, and Anthony Anzell ’13, took Second in their heat with a time of 6:21.0; advancing them to the Grand Finals. In the Grand Finals they took Third with a time of 5:53.7.

The Women’s Novice 8+, coxed by Liz Teesdale ’15 and rowed by Brittany Hyde ’15, Kaitlyn VanBoven ’15, Courtney Panter ’14, Kelsey VanAmberg ’15, Victoria Lloyd ’15, Elissa Besson ’15, Marie Brown ’14, Emily Bohn ’14, and Erin Hocker ’15, took Second in their preliminary heat with a time of 7:07.3; advancing them to the Grand Finals. In the Grand Finals they took Gold with a winning time of 6:51.8.

The Men’s Novice 8+, coxed by Rhiannon McHenry ’15 and rowed by Nate Bremer ’15, EJ O’Mara ’14, Nicholas Maodush-Pitzer ’15, Justin Bartaway ’14, Chris Gaigalas ’15, Derek Bruckner ’15, Spencer West ’15, and Justin Ebert ’15, took Second in their heat with a time of 6:25.7; advancing them to the Grand Finals. In the Grand Finals they took Sixth with a time of 6:01.7.

The Men’s Varsity Four, coxed by Kyle Barnhart ’14 and rowed by Chris Deneau ’13, Tucker Anderson ’12, Jacob Bouwman ’13, Steve Brown ’13, and Adam Wlodkowski, took Third in their heat with a time of 7:17.6; placing them in the B-Final. In the B-Final they took Second with a time of 6:45.0.

The Men’s Double, rowed by Nicholas Farrugia ’15 and Marty Reed ’12, took Third in their Heat with a time of 8:19.8, which advanced them to the Grand Finals. In the Finals they took Seventh with a time of 8:22.1.

The Women’s Single, rowed by Hanna Jones ’12, took Third in her heat with a time of 9:17.4; advancing her to the Grand Finals. In the Finals she took Sixth with a finishing time of 9:12.1.

The Men’s Single, rowed by Chris Picklo ’13, took Fifth in his Heat with a time of 8:23.42, which advanced him to the B-Final. He took Second in the B-final with a time of 8:01.7.

The Men’s Varsity Pair, rowed by Peter Zwierzynski ’13 and Adam Wlodkowski ’14, took Third in their heat with a time of 7:46.4; advancing them to Reprechages. They won their Reprechage with a time of 7:33.1; advancing them to the Grand Finals. In the Finals they took fourth with a time of 7:16.9.

The ACRA National Championship had a great deal of fantastic racing and the Lakers were successful enough across the board to defend their Overall Team Points Championship, a title they have defended since the first ACRA National Championship, alongside the ACRA Women’s Team Points Championship.

ACRA All-American and All-Region Teams 2012

Saturday, May 26th, 2012



2012 ACRA All-ACADEMIC TEAMS

Gainesville, GA – The American Collegiate Rowing Association proudly announces the fifth annual Academic All-American teams. Athletes are eligible for Academic All-American consideration if they have completed their second year of school and are eligible to compete at the regatta. Athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.85 or higher are named First Team Academic All-American, and athletes with a cumulative GPA of between 3.5 and 3.84 are named Second Team Academic All-American. Congratulations to all those who received this honor.

Marco Benedetti ’12
Major: Biostatistics
Hometown: Upper Arlington, OH
University: Grand Valley State

2012 ACRA ALL-REGION TEAMS

Gainesville, GA – The American Collegiate Rowing Association proudly announces the fifth annual All-Region teams. ACRA consists of six regions of the United States. Coaches of each team could submit up to five candidates from their teams, and selections were made by the elected regional representative. The student-athlete must row in the team’s top boat. Other criteria used were: 2,000 meter erg scores, career racing results, accomplishments within the team, and the coach’s recommendation. These honorees will be recognized at the ACRA national championship on May 26 in Gainesville, GA. They will also be considered for ACRA All-American honors after the regatta concludes. Congratulations to all those who received this honor.

Grand Valley Heads to Collegiate National Championship

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Grand Valley Rowing is traveling to Gainesville, Georgia this weekend to participate in the 2012 American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship. The Lakers are looking to resolve their season on a high note. Grand Valley Rowing has won the Team Points Championship at the inaugural ACRA National Championship in 2008 and then repeated as champions in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Looking for a five-peat, GVSU will be sending nearly the entire squad to Gainesville to help earn team points.

Leading the charge will be the Men’s and Women’ s Varsity Eights. The Mens Varsity 8+ was 5th at the HOCR, San Diego Crew Classic: Mens American Health Specialty Cal Cup Champions, 3rd at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Champions , and were the “Don Lubbers Cup” Champions at the 17th Annual Lubbers Cup Regatta. The Men’s Varsity 8+ fell just short of the Grand Finals at Dad Vail, but are looking to peak at the right time and will be hoping to improve on last year’s finish at the ACRA National Championship Regatta.

The Womenʼs Varsity 8+ took 3rd at the HOCR, 8th Overall at the San Diego Crew Classic in the Womenʼs Collegiate Varsity 8+, 2012 SIRA Champions, and the “Nancy Lubbers Cup” Champions at the 17th Annual Lubbers Cup Regatta. The Women’s Varsity 8+ finished fourth at the Dad Vail Regatta and will be looking to end their season faster and stronger than ever before.

Other Entries include the Men’s and Women’s Second Varsity 8+. The Men’s Second Varsity 8+ had a strong showing this season taking silver at the 74th annual Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta. The Women’s Second Varsity 8+ are looking strong as well and took fourth at the 74th annual Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta by a bow ball.

The Men’s and Women’s Novice Eights have had strong showings at the Lubbers Cup regatta and the Dad Vail regatta and have picked up speed in the weeks leading up to this regatta and are looking to improve on past performances from the 17th Annual Don Lubbers Cup regatta, MACRA Championships, and Dad Vail Regatta.

Grand Valley Rowing will also field multiple small boats this weekend. Leading that contingent will be the Men’s Varsity 4+. Joining the four will be a Men’s Pair, a Men’s double, and a Men’s Single. On the women’s side, the Lakers will be rowing a Women’s Single.

The Lakers will arrive in Gainesville, Georgia in the evening of Thursday, May 24th, 2012, and will practice on Friday, May 25th. The heats and semi-finals will take place on Saturday, with the Grand Finals on Sunday.

Day 6 – Saturday, May 12th, 2012 – Finals

Saturday, May 12th, 2012





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