GW Invitational

April 6 th -7 th , 2018

Washington, DC  – Not long after returning from the Murphy Cup in Philadelphia, the Michigan Men were back on the road, heading for the nation's capitol. The George Washington University Invitational took place on the Potomac River over two days - Friday and Saturday - and consisted of a couple dual-style races in each category.

Michigan was one of the only ACRA schools present at the Invitational, meaning that the competition was on another level - Division 1 schools that receive school funding for recruitment and other luxuries not available to the Wolverine crew. The regatta was a challenge and a learning experience for all crews - the freshmen especially, who raced in the 4 th and 5 th Varsity categories.

5 th Varsity categories. Almost every race delivered the Michigan crews last place finishes, with varying margins. The one exception was the 1V, which defeated MIT and came within 2 seconds of GW in Saturday's race. This was both a heartening example for the team to look towards and an encouraging result for the 1V following a disappointing race at Murphy Cup one week prior.

All in all the team enjoyed the weekend in D.C., which was a new venue to most of the rowers, and came away with a deeper understanding of the speed which collegiate crews can achieve. It may not have been the most celebration-worthy regatta, but it certainly was a productive one. The team returned to Ann Arbor to hunker down for the approaching finals week and the infamous Don Lubbers Cup here in Michigan the following week.

And as always, Go Blue!