Nov 15 2013

WSU Duel and HOTL Recap

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Hey all,

As you know, our team hosted WSU for the annual WSU v. WWU duel on Lake Whatcom, November 2nd. The morning started off fairly calm but as time went on, the storm blew in. The WWU and WSU Varsity 8′s launched at 8:30am with hopes of racing the shortened (3500m) course. As the five 8′s of men rowed out to Strawberry Point where the starting line waited for them, Lake Whatcom was beginning to white cap and the men were feeling winds with gusts well over 20mph. At the coaches discretion, the race was modified to a race rowing by fours with the hopes of holding a set boat through the rough chop. As the race began, all five 8′s jumped off the start, rowing by fours, switching back and fourth between bow four and stern four rowing. WWU A8+ took on a few very large waves, very quickly in a row, making the top 8 slowly take on water. WSU B8+ were in the same situation. With the four rowers attempting to bail the boat while their other four teammates continued to row, the water rushing over the gunwale of the boat was filling quicker than could be thrown back. WWU A8+ filled with water, the men unstrapped their feet and took a dip in Lake Whatcom quickly followed by WSU B8+ doing the same. Both boats were recovered and towed back to the dock and all men and women were safely picked up by the launch boats. Races following the Varsity 8′s were cancelled and the duel was called a WSU victory by getting two boats back to the dock compared to WWU’s one.

 

Head of the Lake proved to be a fantastic day of weather for the regatta, a nice treat having just swamped a boat the day before for the WWU Men. The A8+ split into a A4+ and B4+ for the regatta. Both 4′s had great races, placing 5th and 6th out of 11 teams in the collegiate V4+ race. Both 4′s finished behind UW A, UW B, Frazier Valley, Univ. of Oregon. The A4+ had a breakage with 850m to go, causing their time to suffer but held it together and finished the race as strong as possible with only 3 rowers.

 

The team is looking forward to spring racing and can’t wait to see all the friends, families, and fans out at the races showing their support! Thanks to all who support our team and enjoy watching us race!

 

WWU A4+ (Joe Gregersen, Carl Smith, Chris Swanson, Zak Balonick, Isabel Vassiliadis)

 

WWU B4+ (Henry Brown, Brad Verbon, Gen Carrillo, Roddy Van der Linden, Brayden Jacobsen)

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Oct 31 2013

Annual WSU Duel and Head of the Lake at UW

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Hey friends and families!

Sorry the updates have been minimal so far but school and training have been very intense. This weekend is huge for the team! We have our annual WSU duel, on Lake Whatcom, this Saturday (Nov. 2nd). It is our year to host them for some competitive but fun racing, so come on out and support your men’s crew team!!! Lakewood facility is rented out so there will be a nice and warm area to hangout in while the races are flying by the docks and a few snacks to enjoy. We hope to see EVERYONE out there! The larger the group, the more fun it is for everyone. This is the only race we host on our lake so we are really looking forward to it!

Address: 2410 Lake Whatcom Blvd.

Schedule:

7:45 am        Coach and Coxswain Meeting
8:30am        6.5k M race: WSU V8+, WSU Lwt8+, WSU 3V8+, WWU A8+, WWU B8+

BREAK

10:00am      3.5k M race: WWU 1N8+, WWU 2N8+, WWU mixed 8+, WSU 1N8+, WSU 2N8+, WSU 3N8+
Awards following immediately after!

Come on out and see what all your guys have been training for! Dress warm!

 

Following the WSU Duel on saturday, the 1V4+ and 2V4+ (A8+ split) will be traveling to the University of Washington to race at Head of the Lake. This is a 5k race that starts in Lake Union and ends in Lake Washington by the UW boathouse. We would love the see the support in Seattle as well as we take on the fastest crews in the Nation! Our race starts at 9:30 am. Enjoy the intensity of rowing through the cut!

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Sep 27 2013

Friday Workout

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Hey everyone,

Great job yesterday with the group workout. We are seeing a lot of promising athletes this year and a lot of great coxswains! Today we will be meeting at Carver Gym by the bike racks in between SMATE and Carver. The practice today is at 5pm, bring your running shoes and proper rain workout clothes. We are excited to see everyone out there again today, we are looking at a very promising group and we hope to see every single one of you stick it out for the entire year. See you guys today at 5pm.

-Joe

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Sep 23 2013

Info Meeting Wednesday AW210 @7pm

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Hey everyone,

Just a reminder that we will be having an informational meeting for EVERYONE interested in our team on Wednesday, September 25th, in Academic West 210 at 7pm. This is where you will gather most of the information about us and what we do. I hope to see A LOT of faces at the meeting! We are all getting pumped for an extremely competitive season and a lot of fast new rowers. See you all tomorrow at the info fair by the rec center and at our meeting on wednesday. Thanks.

 

-Joe Gregersen
WWU Men’s Crew Captain
(206) 437-3931

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Sep 18 2013

Vikings season starting soon!

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Hey everyone!

I hope everyone had a great summer and worked out hard. As many of you know, our season is starting very soon! Get ready because starting next week we will be having a few land practices and meetings so that we are ready for our first practice on the water, September 28th. Here are a few important upcoming dates:

September 23rd and 24th: Sport Club Info Fair (@ Wade King Rec Center)

September 25th: Informational Meeting for ALL interested in rowing this year (@ Academic Instructional Center – West Wing (AW) 210 from 7pm-8pm)

September 28th: First water practice (@ Lakewood)

So for all those who are interested in rowing for us this year, swing by the Sport Club Info Fair and come talk to us! We will be handing out fliers with the meeting time on it (Frazier 4 @ 7pm) and you can meet some of the guys!

It is IMPORTANT to know, you DO NOT need to have any rowing experience to join our team.

Our team is built primarily off of guys with no pre-college rowing experience and our amazing coaches turn us into championship rowers. If you aren’t able to make it to either of the two info fair days, feel free to email me at joe.gregersen@gmail.com. See you guys soon, we are hoping to have the biggest turnout yet! Every year our team is getting bigger, faster, and more dominant!

-Joe Gregersen
WWU Men’s Crew Captain

 

From Bow to Stern (L to R): Chris Swanson (F), Johnny Bartich (S), Brayden Jacobsen (F), Carl Smith (S), Nate Thies (Sn), Joe Gregersen (J), Zak Balonick (J), Nolan Shinn (J), Isabel Vassiliadis (F)

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Sep 18 2013

Racing on the Schuylkill River, Philadelphia PA

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Hey all,

I apologize about not following up after our Varsity 4 traveled to Philadelphia for the Dad Vail regatta but school was hectic and after that it slipped my mind. Following our victorious NCRC Championship, the Varisty 4 (Joe Gregersen, Nate Thies, Carl Smith, Zak Balonick, Isabel Vassiliadis) flew across the country to race at a national championship, the Dad Vail Regatta. Meeting them out there was a brand new Vespoli 4+, purchased by the team earlier that spring. After going for a few practice rows in the new boat, the V4 was getting better acquainted and familiar with the new boat and beginning to feel a little more comfortable. The structure of the event had heat races, semi-finals, and the grand final. Each race, teams had to place top 2 in order to advance. The V4 took their lane at the starting line on the day of the heat races and when the flag dropped they held nothing back. They took a close 2nd place after a rocky race but they advanced to the semi-finals. Adjusting to a new boat is not easy and the V4 was hoping for a better race the following day in their semi-final race. On the warm up to the semis, races were delayed, due to course malfunction, for nearly 50 minutes. They started their race, had a great jump immediately off the line but the extreme wind and currents led the next lanes boat directly into the side of our V4. The race was restarted, it was a clean start but a rocky race. Unfortunately the V4 did not advance to the grand finals after finishing in a disappointing 4th place. Based on overall times, the WWU V4+ took 12th out of 58 schools competing in the men’s Varsity 4+ race. The team is hoping to return next year and give everyone a run for a podium finish.

Thank you all who support us every year and make rowing possible and enjoyable!

 

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May 06 2013

2013 NCRC Champions!

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Western Washington University Men's Crew

The Vikings had a very strong showing at the 2013 NCRC Championships held on Lake Stevens, coming away with the team points title for the 2nd year in a row.  The team points title is a testament to the hard work that every rower put in over the course of the year and their contribution on race day. Results of individual boats below:

V8 – 1st

JV8 – 5th in V8 final

V4+ – 1st

JV4+ – 1st

Vltwt4+ – 2nd

N4+ – 4th

N8 – 2nd (2 boat race vs. UPS)

While most of the team is finished for the season, the V4+ is making the trip to the Dad Vail National Championship regatta on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, PA; the largest collegiate regatta in the country.  Racing is held May 10-11, with heats on Friday and semi and grand-finals on Saturday.  The athletes making the trip are (from bow to stern): Isabel Vassiliadis (cox), Zak Balonick, Carl Smith, Nate Thies, and Joe Gregersen (stroke).  The team last made the trip to Vails in 2008 where their V4+ narrowly missed making the grand final. The Vikings are looking to better that performance this year and put a boat in the grands, placing top 6 out of 52 crews entered in the varsity heavyweight 4+ event. Go Vikings!

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May 03 2013

NCRC 2013 Championships Schedule – May 4th

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WWU Men's Crew NCRC

Racing will take place on Lake Stevens with boats launching at the Lake Stevens City Boat Launch. Spectators are encouraged to watch racing from the adjoining park near: 17th Place Northeast, Lake Stevens, WA 98258. Directly behind the Lake Stevens Library and City Hall. See you at the races!

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Apr 21 2013

WIRA’s this coming weekend!

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Hey everyone,

The last few weeks for men’s crew have been successful. Two weekends ago, the team traveled to Dexter Oregon for the Covered Bridge Regatta where the winning began this year for the Vikings. The Varsity 8 placed first above UofO, HSU, WWU (B), and LC respectively. The Varsity 4 raced in the Championship 4+ race putting them up against UW’s top 4+, OSU’s top 4+ and LC. They took 3rd behind UW and OSU beating out their top competitor in their division, LC. The JV 8 raced along side the Varsity 8 taking a 4th place finish getting edged out in a sprint against HSU. The Novice 4 took second in their heat, a great race for a boat that hasn’t rowed together more than a few times. The Novice 8 took third in their race after over an hour delay due to extreme wind conditions causing multiple boats in prior races to flip. Overall a great day for the Viking men.

We pushed on the following week and hosted Seattle University for a friendly competition day on Lake Whatcom April, 20th. Although the water on Whatcom was very rough, it still held for great racing. Seattle U put together an 8+ that went up against WWU’s V8 and JV8. WWU’s V8 took first in both races with SU trailing and the WWU JV8 close behind in third. We all then did a series of 4, 500m sprints with all boats lined up. Six boats wide, SU 2, WWU V4+, SU 4+, SU4+, WWU 8+, and WWU N8+ sprinted it out four different times for 500m in white capping waters. The WWU mixed 8 prevailed with the N8 and V4 close behind followed by SU. It was a fun day and a great chance to hang out with another team. We plan on making this an annual duel so look forward to this event next year!

The team is now preparing for the WIRA (Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association) championship in Sacramento, California. This year the team is breaking away from only racing the fours and decided to make the move into racing in the Varsity 8. The Varsity 8 has been training hard together all year and is hoping to make an exciting debut at WIRA’s. Along side the V8 will be the Novice 4 and the Light Weight 4. Final lineups are being decided early this week and we will all be driving down thursday morning! We would love to see any of you there!

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Apr 06 2013

Cascade Sprints and Husky Open Recap

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Hey family, friends, and fans,

I’m sorry I forgot to post the schedule of todays races at UW, it was a busy week for all of our guys being the first week of the quarter and it slipped my mind. Here is a small recap of the last two weekend we have now raced.

Last saturday we traveled down to Tacoma for the Cascade Sprints for the first race of our season. This year, the races worked a bit differently now having heat races followed by petite and grand finals for the Varsity 8, Varsity 4, and Novice 8 boats. In the heat races the Varsity 8 took second behind WSU’s top 8 and crossed in front of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran putting them into the Varsity 8 grand final. The JV8 took third behind WSU and UO putting them into the petite final for the V8 boats which later was cancelled. The Varsity 4 went out in their heat and tied for first with Seattle University pushing both boats into the grand final as well. The Novice 8 final was cancelled, creating a one race final where the N8 took third behind WSU and Portland State, crossing in front of Oregon, Puget Sound and WSU (B). In the finals, the Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 both took fourth with some of the rowers on their 4th race for the day. Overall, the team is pleased with the rowing but is hoping to improve fitness and hit their peak for the NCRC Championship.

Today, the team raced at the University of Washington for the Husky Open. It was a great chance for the team to race a National Championship team and gauge their speed against the fastest in the nation. The course was shortened to 1500m due to rough water and wind. The team was extremely pleased with the V8 race as they finished behind UW’s 3V8 by half a length of open proving had it been a full 2000m, the V8 would have improved their best time by at least 10 seconds making the strides they are looking for. All other boats raced well too and the team as a whole is using the chance to race up to push them to another level for their upcoming races.

Next weekend, the team will be driving down to Eugene, Oregon to race on Dexter Lake for the Covered Bridge Regatta. It will be another great race against UW and a few other D1 schools along with a few schools from our conference.

Thank you to all our family, friends and fans who came out and stood in the down pour while we raced through the Montlake Cut! We would love to see you all next weekend on Dexter Lake!

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