The 15th Annual Marietta Invitational Regatta
Another Successful Weekend for Grand Valley
The Laker Navy spent this weekend in Ohio, racing at the Marietta Invitational and then in Columbus on the way back to Michigan. Throughout the weekend, Grand Valley faced several crews that they will see at their championship races later in the season.
In Marietta, the women dominated the competition as a Grand Valley crew took home a medal for every event they were entered in. In the varsity eight, the Lakers finished in first, beating host Marietta by 24.4 seconds. After winning the junior varsity eight race by open water, Grand Valley’s second varsity eight also finished ahead of Marietta in the V8+ race to take the second place spot.
After the times were lost for the women’s varsity 4+ time trials, finals for the event were raced head race style. It was Grand Valley battling it out again for the top spot as two of three Laker boats in the event went 1-2 again, their times being just one second apart.
The novice women also dominated their races, winning their eight race by boatlengths of open water. In another battle of the Grand Valley’s, the novice fours claimed the top two spots in their event, finishing only five seconds apart.
The men’s team faced some tougher competition, but still showed great overall speed. Grand Valley’s varsity 8+ was neck and neck with Marietta for the entire race. In th closest race of the day, Marietta edged out Grand Valley by 0.66 seconds in a time of 5:23.00 to GVSU’s 5:23.66. The men’s second varsity 8+ competed in both the varsity and junior varsity events. After being edged out in heats of the varsity race, they went on to win both the petite finals and the JV race.
Times for the time trail were also lost for the men’s varsity fours, so they also rowed a head race final. Grand Valley’s first boat finished with the first place time, with the second four coming in fourth.
In the novice men’s 8+, it was a three boat fight all the way to the end. Unfortunately for the Lakers, they crossed the finish line third, less than two seconds behind the winners from Marietta and one second off North Carolina. The novice men’s four came in second place in their event.
From Marietta, Grand Valley traveled upstate to Columbus to race Ohio State and Cincinnati. The Lakers had a very good showing, winning the majority of the races they were entered in. On the men’s side, both the varsity and second varsity eights finished first in their respective races. The novice men’s 8+ also took first. In the fours, the varsity men took first, while the novice men took second in the “A” race and 1st and 2nd in the “B” race.
The women’s team also had an impressive performance. Both the varsity and second varsity eights came in ahead of Ohio State and for the second race in a row went 1-2 in the varsity race. The novice women showed their speed again, taking the first place spot in their event. The women’s varsity four came in 4th behind Cincinnati and OSU.