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Timeline: 1957 - 1997
1957: Men's Crew founded by Head Coach Oliver Bogen, Lloyd Ohme and Dr. Charles Good.
1964: Crew hosts first intercollegiate regatta.
1965: Dr. Charles Good named Head Coach.
1966: Minnesota hosts a duel against Purdue. Minnesota competes in the Mid-American Collegiate Rowing Association (MACRA) regatta for the first time.
1973: Dr. Arthur Erdman is named head coach. Minnesota lightweights win the Canadian Henley Men's Lightweight 8+. Minnesota participates in the inaugural Midwest Rowing Championships - VL4+ wins gold, VL8+ and Open 4- win silver.
1975: Crew moves from a quanset hut on the Mississippi River Flats to scrap metal storage building.
1977: Minnesota V4+ wins first gold medal at Midwest Rowing Championships and first Dad Vail silver medal. Tom Perry and Dan Bryant win US National Championships, Intermediate 2-, and Elite 2-. Tom Perry and Tim Murphy named coaches.
1980: Mac Good and Tom Perry rowed in World Championship trials for Team USA. Mac Good made LW8+. The V4+ and the VL4+ win first Dad Vail gold medals for Minnesota. Bill Donoho and Bill Theisse win pair at Canadian Henley. Minnesota wins Bud Poe Cup at Waterloo Open Regatta.
1983: Bill Donoho wins bronze medal at PanAm games with John Jablome. Ben "Kip" Ballon coaches and the team names Lee Fielder as head coach at the end of the season.
1984: Crew places at Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, PA.
1986: Rich Taschek rowed his single 2,300 miles from Minneapolis to New Orleans as a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House.
1987: The V4+ won first medal for Minnesota at the IRA National Championships.
1988: Jim Kent qualifies for CRASH B World indoor rowing championships.
1990: Thomas Altenhofen named head coach.
1993: Minnesota 4+ wins Dad Vails and takes silver at IRAs.
1996: Minnesota V4+ finishes season undefeated (Heart of Texas, Great Plains, Midwest, Dad Vail, and IRA champs.
1997: The V4+ successfully defends IRA National Championship at the Royal Henley, and advances to the quarter finals. Michael Wherley wins World Championships in the USA Men's 8+.
Timeline: 1998 - Present
1998: Minnesota wins F4+, VL4+, and V4+ in the inaugural Merrill Lynch "Big Ten" regatta. The V4+ wins third consecutive gold medal a IRA National Championship. Minnesota wins Champ 8+, 4+, 2-, and F4+ at Head of the Chattahoochee. Michael Wherley defends World Championship in the USA 8+.
1999: Minnesota defends F4+, VL4+, and V4+ at Merrill Lynch "Big Ten" regatta. F8+, F4+, and VLW4+ win at Head of the Chattahoochee. Michael Wherley wins third consecutive World Championship in the USA 8+.
2000: F8+ wins silver at Dad Vail regatta and Open 4+ wins bronze at IRA National Championships. Michael Wherley named to Olympic USA 4- which takes 5th overall, and is named USRowing athlete of the year.
2001: V4+ wins silver and F4+ captures 13th title for Minnesota at Dad Vails. F4+ wins Minnesota's 4th IRA National Championship. Michael Wherley wins gold in the US Men's 8+ and Todd Beyreuther wins silver in USA Men's 4x at Princeton World Cup.
2002: Minnesota V4+, VL4+, 2-, and FL8+ compete in Dad Vail Grand Finals and place 2nd for team points. FL8+ captures Minnesota's 15th Dad Vail gold medal performance. Open 4+, V4+, F4+, F8+, 2-, and Alumni 8+ all place at IRA's. Michael Wherley wins gold in USA Men's 8+ at Princeton World Cup.
2003: Open 4+ wins Minnesota's 5th IRA National Championship title. Matt Rich wins World Championship in 2+ in Italy. Michael Wherley wins silver in the USA Men's 8+.
2004: Second varsity 8+ takes bronze medal at IRA's. Michael Wherley takes 10th place in 4- at his second Olympic games.
2007: Minnesota Crew moves into University of Minnesota Boathouse on the Mississippi River Flats. Men's Crew celebrates 50th anniversary.
2012: V4+ wins gold at ACRA Championships.
2014: VL4+ wins gold at ACRA championships. Current Head Coach Aaron Schnell assumes role.
2016: Minnesota finishes 8th overall out of 60 teams at ACRA Championships.
2017: Lucas Bellows wins gold in the 1x at Dad Vails.