Laker Navy has Strong Showing at Lubbers Cup
The 21st annual Lubbers Cup Regatta was one for the history books. The high winds, high water, and low temperatures were nothing compared to the fierceness and determination of the Laker Navy. With ice on the riggers and snow falling, the team had a strong showing from every crew.
The tone for the regatta was set from race one. Early Saturday morning the varsity men’s 8+ battled past a fast Purdue crew, pulling ahead in the last 500 meters of the race for a boat length victory. The V8+ beat almost every challenger, succumbing only to the top ranked Michigan Wolverines late Saturday, and the bar has been set for the rest of the season. “We hold ourselves to a high standard,” said captain Chris Doherty. “From practice to racing, we want to get better. Our effort showed this weekend, we held with Michigan most of the race, and the boat has improved a lot from last week (at Occoquan). A very positive weekend.”
As a result of the conditions, many races were cancelled. The men’s varsity four only raced once, but the one race was enough. Finishing with the top time for the regatta, the GV men earned the top spot for their event and brought home the Frank Yates Cup. The novice events were also shortened, with the novice men’s 8+ racing only two times. Coming in close second places in both events, the outlook for this young crew is nothing but positive. The novice 4+ also raced only one time and came in a close second behind the winning novice four from Case Western.
The winners of the Nancy Lubbers Cup, the women’s varsity 8+ had a successful weekend as well. Winning all of their races by seven seconds or more, no one came close to catching the crew. Brittany Gronda, seven seat of the eight and a team captain, had this to say: “The weather wasn’t ideal but we were able to pull it together and race above the elements. The varsity women are very happy about the win this weekend.”
“Great races, though we know there is a lot more hard work to be done in preparation for MACRA.”
The entire women’s team found success at Lubbers Cup. The women’s novice 4+ were the victors of their event, taking home the gold and the Coach Brad Holderon Cup. The novice eight nearly pulled out the overall victory, finishing second to Purdue by just 0.1 seconds. The women’s open four also had a good weekend, racing hard in all races.
The culmination of all of their efforts, the Laker women claimed the overall women’s points trophy.
The success of the entire team was enough to win the overall team points trophy. A reflection of the training and work that the coach’s and rowers have put in thus far, a strong base has been established for the Laker Navy. Training for the triple crown resumes, with the entire team hungry and determined. We thank the Spring Lake community, the many sponsors of the Lubbers Cup, and the Laker Nation for your support, this weekend would not have happened without you all. The team now turns to MACRA, we hope to see you there!
Keep pulling for the Laker Navy!