Marquette Crew Opens Fall Season with the Milwaukee River Challenge
MILWAUKEE, WI - The Marquette Rowing team opened up the 2016 fall season with a race on the home course. The Milwaukee River Challenge is the one local regatta the entire team competes in during the year, and attracts other major collegiate programs such as Purdue, DePaul, and the University of Wisconsin. The US National team also rowed two exhibition boats stacked with former Olympians and Olympic hopefuls down the curvy course,. Friends of the program gathered at The Harp to cheer on the undergraduate and alumni boats racing through the city on a beautiful Saturday.
The Women's Open 4+ event started the race day, with Marquette fielding three undergraduate entries and an alumni entry. The boats finished 11th (20:33), 13th (20:43), and 23rd (22:29) in the largest open event of the day. The alumni posted a time of 22:12 to land them in 22nd.
The Open 8+ followed the women's fours, with the men rowing first. Two Marquette men's boats took the the water - the undergraduates and the alumni. The friendly competition ended with the undergraduates taking the alumni by 19 seconds, putting them at 7th overall and the alumni at 9th. The Marquette Women's 1V and 2V took to the river next. Both boats had solid races and finished 10th and 12th respectively in the event.
The highlight and only medal of the day came at the end of the regatta with the Men's Open 4+ event. The first Men's Open 4+ flew down the course with a time of 17:34, earning them the silver ahead of Purdue and cross-town rivals at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. The second Men's Open 4+ finished 18th.
Following the races, the team hosted the annual dinner event at the Twisted Fisherman Crab Shack on Canal St. Families, alumni, and supporters of the program gathered to kick off another exciting year for Marquette Crew. A big thank you to all that came out to support us!
The team hits the road to DePere for the next fall regatta, the Tail of the Fox on October 2nd.
Join us for the Milwaukee River Challenge Saturday - Sept 17th!
This weekend, the team will kick off the Fall Regatta season with a race on the home course, the Milwaukee River Challenge! All families, alumni, supporters, and members of the community are invited for a day of watching teams from around the Midwest compete on the curvy city rivers. Aside from the undergrads, the team will also be entering a Men's Alumni 8+ and Women's Alumni 4+. During the races, join the team at The Harp on Juneau to get an up close view of the regatta, and connect with other MU Crew fans! Following the regatta, the team will be hosting our annual fundraiser dinner at the Twisted Fisherman on the Menomonee River. Tickets fore the event can be purchased here. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the regatta!
Join Marquette Crew for the 2016-2017 Season
Marquette Crew is looking for new men and women to compete for the team in the upcoming 2016-2017 season. An information session will be held on Wednesday, August 31st after O-Fest, with try-outs held the following week. Here's where you can find us on campus the next few weeks:
Week of August 22nd:
Friday, August 26th - Freshman Orientation Club Sports Seminar - AMU Ballroom CDE from 2:30pm -3:30pm
Week of August 29th:
Wednesday, August 31st - O-Fest - Central Mall - 4-7pm
Wednesday, August 31st - Information Session - Room TBD
Thursday, September 1st - Learn-to-Row Session - Humphrey Practice Space - 5pm (Women), 6pm (Men)
Friday, September 2nd - Learn-to-Row Session - Humphrey Practice Space - 5pm (Women), 6pm (Men)
Saturday, September 3rd - Boathouse Run - Meet at SHAMU at 8:45am
Week of September 5th:
Tuesday, September 6th - Try-Outs Begin- Humphrey Practice Space - 5pm (Women), 6pm (Men)
2016 ACRA Awards
Congratulations to all of our athletes who received American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) honors this year! Two types of teams can be made. The All-American and All-Region teams are athletes that have been selected by the ACRA committee and represent the best athletes our conference has to offer. The second group of teams are the All-Academic teams, which is for eligible upperclassmen and based on cumulative GPA. Congrats again to all of our ACRA award recipients!
All-American Second Team
Sarah Reis '17
Great Lakes All-Region Team
Jenn Varallo '16
Sarah Reis '17
All-Academic First Team (cumulative GPA of 3.85 and above)
Jenn Varallo '16
All-Academic Second Team (cumulative GPA of 3.5-3.84)
Katie Fletcher '17
Sarah Reis '17
Samantha Conner '18
Alexa Campbell '17
Barbara Pierson '18
Check out the official press releases for all of the awards at www.americancollegiaterowing.com.
2016 ACRA National Championship
Marquette Crew had four boats attend the ACRA National Championship on Lake Lanier down in Gainesville, Georgia this year. The team sent the Varsity Men's 4+, the Varsity Women's 4+, the Novice Women's 8+, and a Women's Double. The squads have been rowing two a days since the Dad Vail, and have all made tremendous strides. The team left to drive to Georgia on Thursday, and arrived in the very early morning on Friday. After some much needed rest, the team drove to the Olympic course to rig boats and get one last practice in before race day.
The next morning the team woke up and drove to the course for our first race of the day which was the Women’s Double. This was the first time Marquette crew has raced a double at any major regatta this year, and the girls represented well. The next race was the Novice Women's 8+ and our girl’s rowed well against teams from across the country, where they finished fourth in their heat. After them came the Varsity Women's 4+, who raced in the fastest women’s 4 heat of the day, and placed fourth with a time of 7:46.51. The following race was the first heat of the Men's Varsity 4+, which had our boys in it. The men rowed well, placing fourth and posting a time of 6:57.031. All of our squads advanced to reps.
Reps started with our Women's Double taking to the course again and racing well in their heat against seven other boats. The Novice Women's 8+ followed them, where they placed fourth with a time of 7:29.373 just missing a spot in the Grand Final, but advancing them to the Petite Final. Up next was the Varsity Women's 4+, who had their chance to prove themselves for the Grand Final and did just that by placing first in reps and advancing. The final race of the day for Marquette crew was the rep for the Varsity Men's 4+. Our men placed 2nd in their heat by only three seconds and advanced to semi- finals.
The next morning the Varsity Men's 4+ had to be on the course bright and early for their semifinals race. This was an incredibly close race where our boys battled for one of those top four spots. Our boys put up a time of 6:51.945 just a 1.5 seconds behind fourth and 1.75 seconds behind third. After that came the Women's Double, and Senior and Co-President Hannah Mullett's last race. They raced well and represented Marquette crew proudly. Following them came the Novice Women's 8+ Petite Final, where our girls placed third and posted a time of 7:33.462, finishing the season at 11th in the nation. We are excited for these girls continue to improve and move up to varsity this fall. Shortly following them came the Varsity Women's 4+ Grand Final. The women were able to come out of lane 1 and shock the field placing third in the nation. They are the first boat from Marquette to ever medal at ACRA. This was also senior Jenn Varallo’s last race, and she made us proud to call her a Marquette Crew Alumni. After them came Marquette Crew's last race of the weekend, the Varsity Men's 4+ Petite Final. The men started off slow in this race but were able to crawl back through the field and take first in their heat. Placing first in the Petite Final makes them the 9th best club Varsity Men's 4+ in the country, beating out 22 boats of the 31 boat field, to claim that title against the largest event of the weekend.
Marquette Crew had several firsts this weekend such as first women's double, first medal, first men's sweep boat, and highest finish for several squads. As always, a huge thank you goes out to the parents who came out to support our team. If it wasn’t for you there is no way our team would have been able to compete at this high of a level. Have a great summer and we hope to see everyone back out on the course next year!