Sort of OT, since Men's Rowing isn't a NCAA sport, but it's still always nice to recognize people on campus who exemplify what it means to be "leadsers and best."
To those who aren't aware, Men's Rowing is a club sport on campus, and so they don't benefit from having full AD support. These student-athletes (many of whom are in the College of Engineering) pay to play; and really play for love of the game (since I doubt many people would willingly pay to work out at 5am everyday unless they really love it). At the head of this machine is a man I have come to know and respect, Gregg Hartsuff, who has really gone above and beyond to create a serious contender despite scholarship and recruiting limitations. He has been awarded USRowing's Man of the Year award for his efforts growing the sport on campus and across the country (playing an instrumental role in founding the Collegiate Club National Championships), coaching the United States to gold in the most recent World Universities Games, and just being a mentor to countless of Michigan men and women who have walked through his boathouse doors.
And to boot, Michigan currently enjoys a 19-regatta winning streak against OSU, including a clean sweep of the Buckeyes this past week.
Teams from Ann Arbor Rowing Club as well as Huron and Skyline Highs also fared well enough to earn automatic invitations to next year's event.
Congratulations, and Row Blue!
Quick Hello! post (and shout out) to Bettendorf (Iowa) High School senior Haley Zapolski, a member of the U.S. team at the Junior World Rowing Championships this summer in Lithuania. Haley made her verbal commitment to continue her rowing career at Michigan!
(After the team bow was hurt in warm ups, Haley's team competed in the quad race with only three rowers, and finished 3rd out of 7 teams. Awesome!)
The Michigan women's rowing team has qualified for the NCAA championships five-years running. Haley also visited Dartmouth and Princeton.
"I visited Michigan in mid-September and really connected with the coaching staff and team members," Haley said. "The culture of the program really impressed me, as there was a strong desire to row at a high level and a commitment to be supportive of each other during the training process."
Haley has only been rowing for two-years, but is an accomplished swimmer and tri-athlete. Welcome to Michigan, Haley! Go Blue!
The Michigan Women's Rowing Team competed at the Big Ten Championships at Eagle Park in Indianapolis and came in second with 135 points. Ohio State won with 160 points. This result was expected as Ohio State has a very good team this year and is top five nationally. Of the seven events, Ohio State won all but two. Michigan won 0 II Varsity Fours F1. Michigan will next compete in the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan made a strong showing this weekend at the ACRA National Championships. I went down to watch my niece (UC Davis) (She took home GOLD BABY!!!). Great event. The participants had a difficult time with the heat & humidity but the teams from MI (UofM & GVSU) were strong.
The MI coach gave the play by play from a boat at the start to the point the finish tower could make the call. Did a really nice job, better than the announcer in the tower.
How to start Ohio State Week right:
Michigan Men's Rowing, after an hour long fog delay this morning, claimed the
Wolverbuck Oar for a record-breaking 15th consecutive year by defeating the OSU men's crew
club. The streak stands as the longest winning streak by a Michigan team over an OSU team.
The oar will reclaim its rightful place in the IM building as the team heads indoors for winter
training. May the winning tradition continue this weekend: