Crew Update [submitted as a letter but placement tbd] -mts

Nicholas Miller

October 25, the Lawrence University Rowing Club competed in the North Star Challenge, a regatta on the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. This competition drew schools from across the upper Midwest for an upstream time trial. After an exhausting day — most rowers raced the 3.5-kilometer course two or three times — Lawrence boats had medaled in seven events, and had accumulated enough points to claim the second place trophy for overall team performance.
Three Lawrence boats placed third in their events, earning bronze medals: the Novice Women’s Coxed Four, the Varsity Men’s Eight, and the Varsity Mixed Coxed Four. Three boats earned silver medals: the Varsity Women’s Coxed four, the Varsity Mixed Eight, and the Novice Men’s Eight, who despite a late start, upset a powerful crew from the University of St. Thomas.
The Novice Women’s Eight then outrowed every boat in its event, earning a gold medal. Strong rows by the Men’s Varsity and Novice Coxed Fours and the Women’s Varsity Eight also helped contribute to the cumulative team score, allowing Lawrence to take the second place trophy from regional powerhouse Michigan Tech and finish just behind St. Thomas.
This marks the close of an incredible season for the club. With the largest team it has fielded in years, Lawrence won the most medals it has ever won at a single regatta and placed better overall than it has at any fall competition. In its three regattas this fall, Lawrence won 13 medals and outrowed 72 boats from over 20 other schools and clubs in 23 events.
Now, as the weather turns colder, the team prepares for its intense winter training program, dedicated to following this historic fall season with, God willing, an even greater spring.
Nicholas Miller
Head Coach
LU Rowing Club