Head of the Eagle 2015

Marquette Crew finished up the season with a great showing at the Head of the Eagle in Indianapolis, IN this past weekend. Taking on high winds and choppy water, the team showed up on Halloween Day ready to hit the race course against some of the top teams in the Midwest. The first race of the day was the Mixed Open 4+, and the boat of novice athletes started off a solid day for Marquette. Following the Mixed Open 4+ were the two Novice Women 8+ for both the 1F and the 2F events. The 1F boat finished 4th with a time of 20:37, and the 2F boat placed 4th in their event with a time of 22:47. The Varsity Women 4+ were the next boats to go out. The Lightweight Women 4+ rowed in the Open Women 4+ event and placed 6th behind three Division I programs. The women’s open weight boat also raced well with a time of 21:10. The Open Men’s 4+ where the next two boats to go out, and were really sporting the Halloween spirit. The A boat all dressed in Burger King crowns and the B boat dressed as superheroes raced against some of the best teams the country had to offer competing against Michigan, Wisconsin, and Grand alley. They did well with the A boat putting up a time of 17:38.

The men then turned around after the lunch break, and headed back out in the Collegiate 8+ as Santa and the Reindeer and finished 8th with a time of 17:20. The Collegiate Women 1V and 2V raced next, sporting their animal hats and rainbow colors. The 1V finished 6th and posted a time of 19:03 and the 2V pulled a time of 21:16. The three Novice Women 4+ boats were the next to launch. The Novice Women 4+ A and B placed 3rd in their respective events, and medaled. The C boat also did well placing  4th in the B division. The Men’s Novice 4+ followed them up placing in the middle of the pack at 8th with a time of 20:13.

Head of the Eagle was unique this year, because it also provided an opportunity for the top finishing 8+ boats to have a 1000m Henley style duel at the end of the head races. The Novice Women 1F and 2F both competed in this event, giving the novice their first taste of spring-style racing. The Novice Women 1F finished 2nd in the 1000m sprint with a time of 3:54, edging out Grand Valley and Louisville.

The teams all performed well in Indianapolis, and ended the fall regatta campaign on a high note. The team will spend a few more weeks on the water before transitioning into  winter training. Thank you to all the parents and alumni who have come to support us at our regattas this fall! We look forward to preparing for championship season in the spring!

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