Archive for October, 2012

Lakers Strong at HOCR: Mens V8+: 3rd, Womens V8+: 4th, Collegiate 4+: 2nd

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Club 8+ Men
1st University Of Virginia Rowing Association Crew J. Furlong 15:44.199
2nd Michigan Rowing Association 14:48.68
3rd Grand Valley Rowing Club 15:51.78

Club 8+ Women
1st Trinity College Crew 17:42.64
2nd William Smith College Crew 18:00.40
3rd Williams College Boat Club 18:01.38
4th Grand Valley Rowing Club 18:04.98

Laker women, Cox: Becca Mier ’15, Jessica Vogl ’12, Courtney Panter ’14, Kelsey VanAmberg ’15, and Molly Visel ’14 took 2nd of 38 close behind Bowdoin College with a time of 19:19.60.

“After a rough, chaotic couple weeks of practice we were ready but nervous being a young boat. Rowing up to the start line was smooth and made us all more confident. Starting at the end of the line-up, we knew that we needed to catch boats early and keep inching our way up. Each time we passed a boat felt like we got stronger and became more confident in each others abilities. With the control in the boat, it was easy to stay at the high rate we wanted and needed. Everything that goes into a successful race went perfectly for our four. And with a little extra luck we got ourselves a silver medal.”
– Stroke: Jessica Vogl ’12 –

Event: 28 – Collegiate Fours Women
Date: 10/20/2012
Time: 3:43:00 PM
Status: Finished
1 Bowdoin College 5 19:14.11
2 Grand Valley State University Rowing Clu 37 19:19.60
3 Clemson University Rowing Association 17 19:21.47
4 Trinity College Crew 12 19:28.32
5 U.S. Military Academy Crew 36 19:31.95
6 Hamilton College 1 19:39.63
7 Rochester Institute Of Technology Crew 38 19:40.85
8 Wesleyan University 27 19:41.16
9 Amherst College Rowing Association 18 19:51.27
10 Philadelphia University 33 19:54.69

Full Results for this Event

More Laker Navy Results

GVSU Alumni Men 8+ took 13th place with a time of 15:56.21

GVSU Alumni Women 8+ took 19th place of 34 with a time of 19:18.91

GVSU Club 4+ Men took 16th place of 55 with a time of 17:49.51

2012 Official Results

2012 Homecoming Info

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Homecoming at the GVSU Boathouse
Date: October 20, 2012
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Location: GVSU Boathouse (off of 40th Street, below the M-45 Bridge) All rowing alumni are invited to come to the GVSU boathouse and renew ties with their former teammates.
8 a.m. Open row, for those interested in getting back in a shell again.

8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Meet & Greet – Coffee and Donuts at the boathouse.

10:00 Alumni vs. Frosh race; class races. The annual tradition of the alumni taking on this years crop of Frosh will be renewed in the Alumni vs. Frosh Challenge Race. The challenge race will be 1000 meters or as many meters the alumni feel they need to win. There will also be competitive racing for each class.

For more information, visit the Rowing website or

Family Weekend Tribute

Saturday, October 13th, 2012

By Justin Ebert ’15

Saturday, October 6th, was the start of Grand Valley’s annual “Family Weekend”. In participation of this event, Grand Valley Rowing’s boathouse and Rowing Training Center were open for rowers and their families to come get better acquainted with (and hopefully grow their appreciation for) the sport. While the weather was a bit dreary, attendance was anything but. Despite the dampness and the chill, Grand Valley rowers and coaches had the pleasure of hosting more than 60 family members.

With assistance from some varsity athletes, family members had the opportunity to engage in brief “Learn to Row” sessions on the water; and we were glad to see that many of them did. Some refreshments were served in the boathouse, where those attending were able to mingle and investigate the oars, ergs, and boats, among other things. Both varsity and novice rowers were more than willing to help educate visitors on various aspects of the sport, and answer any questions there might have been.

Aside from the great turnout of new faces, Grand Valley Rowing was happy to welcome back Sarah Zelenka ’09. One of her many accomplishments in the sport, she recently competed in the Women’s Pair Event at the 2012 London Olympic Games. She and her pair partner (Sarah Hendershot) finished 4th in the grand final.

Originally scheduled for 11am-1pm, the event continued well toward 2 o’clock. This, however, was not a problem – more interest than expected is never a bad thing! Also, it was fun to discover that a couple of our more enthusiastic guests had no affiliation with the team whatsoever. They were instead relatives of a neighbor of a Grand Valley rower who were simply interested enough to check it out.

Thanks to the coaches and athletes who contributed to the proceedings, as well as any team member who brought a guest. Thanks also to our distinguished guests. But most importantly, kudos to all the family members that allowed us to share a bit of our pass-time of choice with them, regardless of the weather. We hope you enjoyed the experience, and that you’ll be a part of an even larger crowd next year.

Olympian Sarah Zelenka ’09 Itinerary

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Details about Sarah Zelenka’s Saturday trip to GVSU:

October 6th, 2012

11 – 1 p.m. Learn to Row event – boat house.

4 – 6 p.m. Taste of the Olympics – Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center. There will be a table set up for Sarah to sign autographs.

There will be a presentation at 4:30 – It will be about 10 minutes of material.

After 5:30 – 5:45 Sarah Zelenka will head over to Lubbers Stadium for the game.


1) Lake Michigan Credit Union does their promotional
2) Marching Band forms Olympic Rings
3) Announcement as Sarah and presentation party move onto field; 50 yardline
4) Band performs Olympic Theme for Sarah – parties exit

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