Archive for October, 2014

Men’s and Women’s Fours Finish Strong at Head of the Charles

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Men's and Women's 4+'s

Day one of Head of the Charles has just wrapped up and with it, a couple of great finishes were had by Grand Valley Boats. Both the Men’s Club Four and the Women’s Collegiate Four had Top 15 finishes. Also a valiant effort was put forth by the Men’s and Women’s Alumni Eights.

The Men’s Alumni Eight had a tough race this afternoon when their rudder broke mid race causing the coxswain to make hand turns for the remainder. Due to the breakage in hardware the Eight finished slightly lower than expected and came in at 52nd place. Next, the Women’s Alumni Eight had a strong finish in a very competitive race and eventually came in 37th.

Following the Alumni Races, the Men’s Club Four made a splash in the standings finishing tenth out of fifty-two. This ties the finish from last year for the best finish in this event in the teams history. One of the final races in the day was the Women’s Collegiate Four race where Grand Valley finished thirteenth out of thirty-six crews. The great finish by the Collegiate Four is even more impressive when considering the boat was made up of four sophomores and one freshman. With racing half-way done at Head of the Charles, all eyes now shift to the Men’s and Women’s Varsity Eights who race tomorrow at 2:52pm and 3:08pm respectively. Be sure to catch these races on the regatta live-strem which can be viewed at

James and Sherri Muir Issue Donation Challenge

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Last weekend at the Laker Navy homecoming ceremonies, alumnus James Muir and his wife Sherri issued a challenge to the friends and family of Grand Valley Rowing. The challenge: for the remainder of the year the Muir’s will match donations dollar-for-dollar to help the team with funding travel expenses.

James rowed in the novice eight for the 1979 season, highlighted by a win over Notre Dame on the Grand River as well as a sunken shell while racing in Marietta, Ohio. Besides these ties to the team, the Muir’s decided to issue this challenge because of what they see in the Laker Navy. We’re a family, alumni included, with amazing stories and goals.

Another big reason behind the challenge is that the Muir’s niece rows for Kansas State, a varsity program. They recognize how much funding varsity programs get and see how much Grand Valley Rowers sacrifice to be able to do what they love. The Muir’s are trying to reach out to alumni of Grand Valley Rowing, and in doing so are asking alumni to give $10 or $20 and they will match those contributions. A little bit goes a long way and, as all rowers know, many hands make light work. Please consider donating to the team to help with the increased travel costs.

Donors So Far:

Steven Vanandel
Connie Knapp ’82
Ted Fries ’71
Jeff Slater ’10
Raymond Avendt ’70
David Filipiak
Matt LeBlanc
Robert Johnson
Alexandra VanderArk
Christine and James Scott
Terence Filipiak
Katie Montgomery

Get Your Name Added To The List And Pull For The Laker Navy!

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