October 31st, 2015
Indianapolis, IN



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Laker Navy Has a Successful Head of the Eagle


The Laker Navy had a fantastic day at the Head of the Eagle, hosted by the Indianapolis Rowing Club. The wind and waves could not hold back the combined might of the over ninety athletes that traveled this weekend. “It was a successful day for the Laker Navy,” said Brittany Gronda, a captain of the woman’s team. “The weather wasn’t ideal, but we powered though and brought home some hardware.”

In total the team took home eighty-three of said medals. Facing tough competition from Michigan, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Louisville, the men’s varsity team accounted for twenty-three medals, the woman’s varsity fourteen, novice men fourteen, and novice woman thirty-two. Valuable racing experience was gained at every level, all in preparation for the sprint season ahead. With winter training closing in quickly, every bit of water time is an important training tool for both varsity and novice alike.

“The GVSU Rowing Club had a very productive day at the Head of the Eagle Regatta in Indianapolis, IN. A vast improvement over the past ten weeks. Many medals and solid performances from which to build. Go Laker Navy!” -Head Coach John Bancheri

The Laker Navy finished out one of the last regattas of the year on a strong note. The club will be hosting the frostbite regatta on November 14th, an inter-squad race located at the “Quarry” not far from GVSU. Check back here in the near future for more details and directions. A special thanks to all of the parents who took the time to travel to Indy and the support of all of those at home. The team thanks you for your support and, as always, keep pulling for the Laker Navy!







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