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Men’s Journal 2016 | Women’s Journal 2016 | Coaches Journal 2016


Men’s 4+ Leaves Lasting Mark in Henley

The Henley Royal Regatta has come to a close for the Grand Valley Men with the 4+ falling to Edinburgh University Boat Club, one of the premier clubs in the U.K., in the second round of racing. After a victory over Durham University the previous day, the boat of Donald Jensen (So.), Rob Hiner (Jr.), Austin Gentry (Sr.), Dominic Bilochini (So.) and Karissa Cloud (Fr.) made both their university and country proud with their effort on the course today.

With the season now over, we say goodbye and thank you to seniors Scott Thorbjornsen and Austin Gentry. We thank you for your time, leadership, and example during your years at Grand Valley.

The team now looks forward to the upcoming 2016-17 season. Full of promise and potential, we can only wait to see how far the team can, and will go. The team thanks you for your continuing support.

Keep pulling for the Laker Navy!


Men’s 8+ Places 12th in Time Trials

The first stages of the Henley Royal Regatta took place today, with the Men’s 8+ racing against 49 other crews in the time trial for the Temple Challenge Cup. The crew battled a brisk headwind and the resulting chop. Despite the conditions, the determined crew gave it their all, representing their university and their country well.

Overall, the crew places 12th out of the 49 crews competing. Just shy of qualifying, with 11 advancing to racing on the 29th, the boat has come a long way from its inception in April. The boat consisted of three freshmen, one sophomore, three juniors, and just one senior; four of the athletes have only one year of collegiate rowing experience. While the crew came short of their ultimate goal, the future looks bright for the young 2016-2017 team.

The men’s V4+ has yet to compete, with Henley beginning for the crew on the 29th. The eight, coaches, and the entire Laker Navy family will be cheering them on. Additionally, the entire team will be racing Saturday at the Reading Town Regatta. Check back here for more photos, blogs, and racing results!


Grand Valley Rowing Sending It’s Best for the Prestigious Henley Royal Regatta

The excitement among the members of the Grand Valley State University men’s rowing team continues to grow as the Henley Royal Regatta quickly approaches. The team will send 12 athletes and two coxswains to compete at this prestigious international regatta. These select GV athletes will have the opportunity to enjoy some sight-seeing along with their racing experience against top competition.

The Men’s 4+, coxed by Karissa Cloud (Fr.) and stroked by Dom Bilochini, is the top boat from the Laker Navy. Bilochini, along with Austin Gentry (Sr.), Rob Hiner (Jr.) and Donald Jensen (So.), will race against crews from the United States and Great Britian in Prince Albert’s Challenge Cup. The boat begins competition on June 29th, the complete draw has yet to be determined.

Along side the 4+ is the Men’s 8+, coxed by Logan Conner (So.) and stroked by Simon Kilda (Fr.). Those competing along side them are Christopher Doherty (Jr.), Jack Tucker (So.), Jacob McLain (Fr.), Brandon Roberts (So.), Elliot Rieth (Fr.), Scott Thorbjornsen (Sr.), and Zack Peters (Jr.). Racing in the Temple Challenge Cup, their Henley experience begins June 19th with a time trial.

In addition to some excellent racing, the men will have an excursion to London and an opportunity to see the sights and sounds of Henley-on-Thames. The team eagerly awaits a whirlwind trip of rowing, rowing culture and the once-in-a-lifetime experience that this trip will surely be. The Laker Navy invites you all to follow the Athlete’s Daily Blogs, which will be published nightly starting June 20th.

We wish the Men’s Team the best of luck and safe travels! Pull for the Laker Navy!


GVSU’s Women’s Henley Comes to a Close

The 2016 GVSU Women’s racing season has come to a close. One of the most competitive regattas in the world, Friday featured some tight racing and close finishes. However, neither the eight or double moved on from Friday’s Racing.

For the 8+, the crew lost to Thames Rowing Club in the preliminary heat. Starting strong, the crew kept contact with Thames for most of the race, finishing just over a length down. The fastest race of the day, GVSU posted the second fastest heat time of the day, second only to Thames.

The 2x participated in time trials for their event. After only a few weeks sculling, the crew performed well, but their efforts fell short of moving on.

The entire team, both men and women, is proud of the racing from both boats. The improvements from the fall are remarkable, the young Varsity squad finished their 2015/16 season on a high note. The team represented both their university and their country well.

Congratulations on a successful season!


Grand Valley Rowing is returning to England for the historic Henley Women’s Regatta.

The excitement among the members of the Grand Valley State University women’s rowing team continues to mount as the Henley Women’s Regatta quickly approaches. The team will send 10 athletes and two coxswains to compete at this prestigious regatta on the weekend of June 17th, and will have the opportunity to enjoy some sight-seeing while they are across the pond.

The Women’s 8+, coxed by Amy Anderson (So.) and stroked by Sarah Loughman (Fr.), will race for the GP Jefferies Memorial Trophy for Senior Eights against schools from the US and UK. The other members of the boat are Ellie Peebles (Jr.), Emily Koons (So.), Jessica Hasenau (Fr.), Cassidy Bruins (Jr.), Brittany Gronda (Jr.), Christina Pavano (Sr.) and Maddy Moldenhauer (Jr.). The boat begins competition on June 16th against Thames Rowing Club. The complete draw can be found to the left.

The Women’s Senior 2x features Faith Platz (Jr.) and Elizabeth Bradt (Jr.). Competing for the Rosie Mayglothling Trophy for Senior Double Sculls, competition for the boat begins Friday, June 16th with a time trial.

In addition to some excellent racing, the women will have an excursion to London and an opportunity to try coastal rowing with the Peebles family. The women eagerly await a whirlwind trip of rowing, rowing culture and the once-in-a-lifetime experience that this trip will surely be. The Laker Navy invites you all to follow the Athlete’s Daily Blogs, which will be published nightly starting June 10th.

We wish the Women’s Team the best of luck and safe travels! Pull for the Laker Navy!






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