BITTERSWEET SEASON FINALE

GAINESVILLE, GA: 

5/27/2018 - Over the weekend, Minnesota took their last strokes as a team on Lake Lanier and said goodbye to some incredible athletes. Both novice and varsity squads performed to their maximum potential this weekend, with three boats making it into petite finals and two boats into grand finals. As competition tightens at the American Collegiate Rowing Association championship, we are amazed to see how far we have come as a team and proud to represent the University of Minnesota. We say goodbye to our senior class (Isaac Eiter, Connor Lund, Alexander Martin, Doug McCune-Zierath, and Sawyer Olson) and wish the best for the future of our team. 

 The team takes the annual roster photo in front of the grand stands at ACRA national championship

The team takes the annual roster photo in front of the grand stands at ACRA national championship

CREW CHRISTENS SHELLS AND ALUMNI ROW

MINNESOTA, MN:

This past Friday, the crew christened two racing eight-man shells into Minnesota's fleet and took both out for their first official row on the Mississippi. The additions were named after Dr. Art Erdman, a former rowing coach that was an essential part of building the beautiful Minnesota boathouse, and Tom Altenhofen, a former coach that helped make Minnesota Men's Rowing into the dominant force as it stands today.

Following the traditional pouring of champagne, Dr. Erdman and Minnesota alumni from Altenhofen's coaching days, took to the river alongside varsity members of the squad on a calm summer evening. We thank friends and family for joining us on such a important event, and our special guests for leaving a lasting impact on the team that will be remembered for years to come. 

 

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MINNESOTA MARCHES DOWN DAD VAIL

MINNESOTA MARCHES DOWN DAD VAIL

PHILDELPHIA, PA:

Minnesota made the long journey to Philadelphia this weekend to compete at the 80th annual Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta, the largest collegiate regatta in North America. The Gophers asserted themselves into five different events to challenge Universities from coast-to-coast. Home to the Philly metro area, regatta hosts Temple University and St. Joseph University were among the 100 schools and 3,500 rowers involved in the event. Racing kicked off the morning of May 11th for two days of great racing on the Schuylkill River with Minnesota Men’s Rowing entered in the Men’s Varsity Lightweight 4+, Men’s Varsity Heavyweight 8+, Men’s Novice/Frosh 4+, and Men’s Novice/Frosh 8+. Finals commenced on Saturday, May 12th. Results are shown below:

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BADGERS RIVALRY REAWAKENED AT DEVIL'S LAKE

BADGERS RIVALRY REAWAKENED AT DEVIL'S LAKE

The Wisconsin Badgers and the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) Raiders hosted a fierce regatta this weekend, just off shore of Devil’s Lake -one of the most scenic parks in the state. The competitors battled across two thousand meters for a chance to beat the Badgers on the home turf (or water) including Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MSOE, and the University of Minnesota. The rivalry was intense, but the weekend was ultimately a success across the board.

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STORM HITS MIDWEST, BUT RACING GOES ON

STORM HITS MIDWEST, BUT RACING GOES ON

As Minnesota geared up to brave the elements in Spring Lake, MI for the Don Lubber’s Cup this weekend, the conditions proved to be far worse than expected, unfortunately cancelling the regatta altogether. However, an alternative plan was quickly developed to set up a series of scrimmages at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

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GOPHERS SWEEP AT SEASON’S FIRST REGATTA

GOPHERS SWEEP AT SEASON’S FIRST REGATTA

Minnesota Men’s Crew kicked off the season with a duel against Kansas University and Wichita State in Lawrence, Kansas. It was sunny, however a constant wind made for a cold day of racing. Gophers came out strong as we won all of our races both on Varsity and Novice teams. This was a great start to our Spring season as we get geared up for a very busy Spring with Lubbers Cup coming up next weekend in Spring Lake, Michigan. Times and results from today’s races can be seen in the following link: 

http://www.row2k.com/results/resultspage.cfm?UID=50C6EB4B78968D6597339B3046F1D002&cat=1

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The Ergometer: An Inside Look at Winter Training

The Ergometer: An Inside Look at Winter Training

Rowing in the North Star state automatically imposes a dedicated relationship with a rower's favorite machine- the ergometer (erg), during the wintry months.

Training indoors provides the perfect opportunity to gain strength, improve fitness, and prepare for the fast-paced spring racing season. 

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HEAD OF THE ROCK RECAP

The Gophers had a great outing resulting in bringing a solid amount of medals to the team, those included: 

Open Men's Lightweight 4, Gold

Open Men's 2-, Gold

Collegiate Men's 2+, Silver and Bronze

Open Men's Novice 8+, Bronze

It was a perfect day to be on the water with temperatures reaching as high as 79 °F, a perfect day for the Novices to take to the water in their first regatta, other than the enormous head wind towards the mid-afternoon. It was also Head Novice Coach Winegar's debut for the team and all around the Novice and Varsity team had a very successful performance. 

 

 

Gophers Fall season debut

Racing season is finally here!! The Golden Gophers are ready for their Fall season debut this weekend at the 32nd Head of the Rock Regatta in Rockford, IL. We are coming in full force with over 50 Varsity and Novice rowers and coxswains ready to take on over 50 crews at one of the top five head races in North America. We will depart early Saturday morning and race all day Sunday. Let’s Row Gophs!!!

To view the event live online, use the link: http://www.wrex.com/live.

GOPHERS HIRE NOVICE COACH JILL WINEGAR

GOPHERS HIRE NOVICE COACH JILL WINEGAR

The Gophers are proud to announce the newest addition to the family, Novice Coach Jill Winegar! Coach Winegar is a decorated fitness professional with more than 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. She has a passion for rowing in particular, and has experience coaching and training at local rowing clubs. She also specializes in organizational leadership, program development, staff development, fitness professional training, and group fitness instruction.

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Minnesota Development Camp Awarded 6 Trophies at the 114th annual NWIRA Championship Regatta

Minnesota Development Camp Awarded 6 Trophies at the 114th annual NWIRA Championship Regatta

The Minnesota Development athletes earned 6 trophies through the two-day championship regatta, winning the Men's Quad, the Men's Eight and Eight Dash, the Men's U23 Double, the Men's Pair, and the Efficiency trophy for most points per athlete. 

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GOPHER ROWERS BEAT THE HEAT AT NATIONALS

GOPHER ROWERS BEAT THE HEAT AT NATIONALS

Cincinnati, OH-

The USRowing Club National Championships host the rowing equivalents of Real Madrid and Barcelona FC in the United States, an array of US National Team Caliber rowing. The Minnesota Men's Development Camp arrived last Tuesday, ready for a week of #2kEveryday and race paces higher than the temperatures. More than 2100 athletes and 1745 boats from 115 rowing clubs fought for medals. 

The Gophers represented Minnesota in heavyweight and lightweight events, namely: singles, pairs, doubles, and fours. The athletes entered in intermediate and senior events, earning spots in the Grand Final for the Senior 4+ and all three Senior pairs. The lightweight 4+ had a strong finish in the Grand Final of the Senior event, and one of the two lightweight pairs earned silver in the Intermediate Grand Final on Sunday. The lightweight single moved on from over 40 entries to a spot in the Semifinals.  

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HOMETOWN BATTLE AT MINNY SPRINTS

HOMETOWN BATTLE AT MINNY SPRINTS

The Minnesota Development Camp attends Minneapolis Sprints Regatta to race local rowing clubs in an army of fours, pairs, singles, and quads. Facing their neighbors on the Mississippi, the camp athletes threw down solid races in each event, primarily earning gold, silver, and bronze finishes. 

The first event, the Men's Open 4+, ended with a tight finish between Minnesota Men's Development Camp (MMDC), Minnesota Boat Club (MBC), and another MMDC boat, capturing times of 3:59, 4:04. and 4:08. 

Lucas Bellows won his heat in the Men's Open 1x with a final time of 4:52, followed by 612 Endurance and MBC, also known as St. Paul. Connor Lund also won his heat in another Men's Open 1x event. 

After the lunch break, the Men's Open 2- concluded a barn burner as four pairs finished within one second of the next finisher. MBC took first, followed by Alex Martin and Connor Lund, and bronze going to Seth Liabraaten and Doug McCunne-Zierath.

A few less experienced scullers entered the Rec Men's 1x to test their speed, including Ian Gordon, Jacob Bierman, and Andy Schmidtz. 

Minnesota Dev Camp concluded the day with an impromptu 4x race, entering two boats into two separate heats, finishing second behind St. Paul, and third behind St. Paul and Minneapolis Rowing Club (MRC).

 

 

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