Strong Showing for Marquette Crew at Head of the Rock

ROCKFORD, IL - This past weekend, the team loaded the trailer and headed to Rockford, Illinois for the Head of the Rock regatta, one of the largest head races in the country. On Saturday, the crew arrived at Danny and Denise Wood's home, where they hosted the entire team for a delicious dinner. Once dinner was over, we loaded back into the buses and headed to the Rockford YMCA to spend the night before the big race. Both squads had their Big/Little reveal at the YMCA as well!

The next morning the team woke up at the crack of dawn, ready to race and rock the Rock. After the trailer was unloaded, the Novice Women's 4+ was the first event of the day. The Novice Women's 4+ A pulled a 21:16 and the Novice Women's 4+ B was not far behind with a 21:22. The Men's Novice 8+ was up next. The boy's 1F 8+ boat finished with a time of 17:17, and their 2F 8+ boat with a time of 18:18. Up next was the Men's Varsity 4+, whose A boat finished with a 15:32, placing 5th overall, and the B boat finishing with a time of 17:12. The Women's Open 4+ was packed with four different Marquette boats. The Women's Lightweight 4+ placed 6th overall, closely behind Division 1 programs Wisconsin and Drake, with a time of 17:22. The Lightweights finished as the top club boat in the open weight event. The Women's Open 4+ A posted a time of 18:25, the D boat with a 19:20, and the C boat finishing with a 19:30 time.

Afternoon racing kicked off with the Novice Women's 8+ event; the 1F boat finished 7th overall, and was the fastest club boat in the event with a time of 18:23. The Novice Women's 2F boat rowed a strong race, and finished with a time of 20:08. The Novice Men were up next in the Novice 4+ event; their A boat came in at 18:46 and their B boat at 21:45. The last two races of the day were the Varsity Men and Women's 8+. The men pulled their hardest and finished with a time of 15:01. There were two boats in the women's event, with stiff competition, the women pulled through with the 1V 8+ boat finishing with a 16:49 and the 2V 8+ boat with a 17:29.

All and all, everyone had a blast this weekend. It was also extremely humbling to have a huge crowd of Marquette parents and alumni cheering for everyone throughout the entire day; it made the difference. Up next, we have the biggest race of our Fall season: the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.

Marquette Crew Dominates at Tail of the Fox

DE PERE, WI -The first weekend in October, the team traveled to De Pere, Wisconsin for the Tail of the Fox Regatta. Some of the athletes left earlier on Saturday in order to take a tour of the entire Green Bay Packer stadium that afternoon, and later all got together at the Dougherty's residence for a huge dinner! The men's team ended up spending the night at the Dougherty's, while the women stayed with the Van Eperen's.

The team started the next morning with coaches and coxswain's meeting at 7:30AM, while the rest of the team started to unload the trailer. Although we all expected much colder weather, the day turned out to be beautiful and a lot warmer than anticipated. The Novice Women made their racing debut with two boats in the 4+ event; their A boat finished with a time of 18:25 and their B boat with 19:45. Next up the team had two back to back events finishing in 1st place. First, the Varsity Women's 1V 8+ earned their winning title with a time of 14:13. Second, came the varsity men's 4+ also winning 1st with a solid finish of 13:25, and the 2V finishing with a time of 15:11. Up next, the Novice Men represented Marquette for the first time with two boats in the 8+ event. The Novice Men's 1F 8+ boat placed 2nd with a time of 16:24, and the 2F boat finished with a solid time of 18:59. The Varsity Women then competed in the 4+ event with all 3 boats coming in one after the other; the A placed 2nd with a time of 16:33, our B boat 3rd with a time of 16:36, and our C boat finished 4th with a time of 16:48. The Novice Men were then able to race in the 4+ for the very first time; the A boat and B boat finished with times of 17:06 and 20:37, respectively. As for the Varsity Men, they finished 3rd place in their 8+ with a time of 12:24. The team finished the day off strong with two 1st place finishes. The Varsity Women's Lightweight 4+ won their race with a time of 14:50, while the Novice Women's 1F 8+ won their race with a time of 16:11, and the 2F boat finished with a solid 3rd place finish of 17:25.

The day finished with everyone being fed, courtesy of our awesome Marquette Crew parents that spoil us with delicious treats, medals, and cox tosses! The team looks forward to another solid week of training before driving south for Head of the Rock next weekend!

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!

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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

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