Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational 2016

Marquette Crew attended the Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational where we were able to show how far our club has come. We arrived in Dewitt, Illinois on Friday night were David and Joni Newberg invited us to stay on their farm. The next morning, the team woke up early and made it over to the course on Clinton Lake for the 7:30 coaches and coxswains meeting. First call for the Varsity Women's 8+ was bright and early, and our Varsity Women's 1V started us off with a successful day of rowing. The Varsity Women won their heat and set the tempo for what Marquette Crew was going to do all day. Every single Marquette boat following that performed well enough to advance to their grand final. On the women’s side, our Novice Women won gold in both the Novice Women's 8+ and the Novice Women's 4+. Their performance was a true testament to the hard work they put in and the depth they have as a squad, truly earning their rank of 7th nationally. The Varsity Women's 8+ was able to come out and win their event with open water, and the Varsity Women's 4+ was also able to advance to their grand final where they finished 6th.  Our women however were not the only squad to bring home some hardware this weekend. The Novice Men were able to win their heat and grand final by multiple boat lengths, displaying a promising future for the men’s program. Both of the Varsity Men’s boats also competed in their grand final, with the Varsity Men 4+ taking third against the largest field of the day. We also had a phenomenal turnout from our parents who as always were an integral part of the regatta experience. A big thank you goes out to everyone who supported us, especially the Newberg family, and we are excited to see everyone in two weeks down in Cincinnati for the MACRA Championships.

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