Archive for September, 2012

Family Weekend – Invitation and Welcome

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Parents and families of GVSU Rowers,

I would like to take just a moment to invite you to our annual Family Weekend festivities! If you are curious to see and explore this interesting new sport your daughter or son has recently joined, this is the perfect time to do so!

Please join us at the Grand Valley Boathouse on Saturday October 6, from 11-1. We will have our equipment on display and you can even get in a boat and experience first-hand what rowing is all about! Our Rowing Training Center (RTC) which is located on Lake Michigan Drive, across from campus will be open as well and you are more than welcome to stop in, learn what an erg is and see where your child will spend a lot of their time in the coming months! We will be serving light refreshments throughout the day and apparel for sale so you can support GVSU Crew at all of our upcoming fall regattas!

We are also excited to welcome Sarah Zelenka ’09, who will be speaking this year. Sarah is an alumnae of the Grand Valley Rowing program and competed in the 2012 London Olympics in the Women’s Pair, placing 4th. Our program is so proud of her accomplishments and we cannot wait to have her back at the boathouse!

Sarah Zelenka’s Itinerary

The coaches, staff and all of Grand Valley Rowing is excited to meet and talk with you and we can’t wait to see you on October 6!

Official GVSU Family Weekend Website

Go Lakers!
Jordan Crandell, ’14
Alumni Relations Coordinator –

GV/MC Combine

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Photos Taken By Tyler Sellmer ’13

This past weekend of September 15th and 16th, the men of Grand Valley Rowing travelled to Marietta, Ohio, to participate in a training combine with Marietta College. The trip was designed to help facilitate and encourage a good relationship between the two programs, and allowed the GV crews to take advantage of more hospitable river depths on the Ohio and Muskingum, as the Grand is currently running a bit low.

Saturday morning began with a technical combine, in which the two teams integrated to form six 8’s. During this practice, the athletes had the benefits of becoming familiar with members of the other team, receiving valuable technical attention from Coaches Bancheri and Schmehl, and being able to observe and learn from one another. After some good work on the river, the two teams returned to shore and enjoyed a barbeque on the second-level deck of the Marietta boathouse.

Upon returning to the hotel, the Grand Valley oarsmen took full advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the pool, the hot tub, and some sleep. That afternoon, we boarded the truck and two fifteen-passenger vans and headed back to the river to grab some extra miles. Though the team did row the almost eleven miles to the dam, our attempt to pass through was unsuccessful, due to a lack of cooperation from the operators. While we were disappointed not to pass through the lock, it was still an impressive sight, and the crews logged some great mileage. We finished the day with dinner at the Marietta dining hall, and various forms of vegetation/relaxation once back at the hotel.

Though the Marietta rowers did not join us on Saturday afternoon, they met us for a row on Sunday morning. The three Grand Valley 8’s and two Marietta 8’s competed in a pair head race style pieces that ran the length of a sizable island (about 5km). After all boats had finished, the Lakers and Pioneers arranged their five boats for a group picture on the water. The Grand Valley team was then treated to another meal at the dining hall, stopped back at the hotel, and returned to Allendale. Weather included, the weekend went well.

The men of Grand Valley Rowing owe a big thank you to the Marietta College rowing alumni who provided donations enough to make this trip possible. We also thank Marietta Coaches Philip Schmehl and Emanuel Delgado, along with the Marietta rowers, for hosting us so graciously and allowing us the pleasure of two days of rowing.
By Justin Ebert ’15

The Grand Valley State University Rowing Club challenges its student-athletes to reach the highest level to which they aspire both academically and athletically, while continuing to build and sustain a nationally competitive intercollegiate rowing program.

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