The Michigan Men’s crew assembled in the South Quad turnaround for their last interstate trip of the 2017 fall season last Friday. Piling into vans decked out in new gear, the full varsity and freshman squads made their way to Indianapolis, IN to participate in the Bald Eagle Invitational against a swath of Big 10 schools and their ACRA rivals from University of Virginia.
Saturday began with a chilly and misty morning of rigging which soon became a chilly and misty day of racing. The 4-kilometer straight course consisted of buoys only every 750 meters, providing a challenge for the bowmen of the pairs racing in the morning. Following the pairs came the midday fours racing, with some decent showings by the Michigan men. The A and B fours medaled in their respective races behind the division 1 boats from Wisconsin, while the Novice 4 managed to claim victory over Virginia and Wisconsin.
The varsity eights came towards the afternoon, with gold for Michigan in both the B and C events. The A boat placed third behind Wisconsin and Virginia in a scrappy outing. No doubt this winter’s training will be fueled by that result.
At the end of the day the boats were loaded up and the team headed back to Ann Arbor with some medals and eagle statues for the first place boats. The fall season will wrap up in two weeks with the Wolverbuck Dual, at home this year on Argo.