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The Varsity 8 racing at Kerr Cup. Photo Courtesy of Greg Miller

Kerr Cup

April 15, 2017

Philadelphia, PA  – Hitting the road for the fourth weekend in a row, the Michigan Rowers took their talents to the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia for 51st annual Kerr Cup. As a display of early-mid season racing, Michigan faced off against highly regarded programs such as Drexel, St. Joe's, West Point, Delaware Lights and Heavies, Temple, NYU, West Virginia, Fordham, Colgate, Lafayette; many of which will appear at the Dad Vails Regatta, also held on the Schuylkill later in May.

The race course featured six challenging unbuoyed lanes, which included a wide starboard turn at around the halfway point. Conditions slowly deteriorated through the day; however, the consensus is that the balmy morning and early-afternoon weather was perfect for competition.

Entering into eight events, Michigan was able to represent itself with strong performances in heats, and commendable finishes in nearly every grand final.

Finishes included first place in the novice 4+, third in the novice 8+, second in the second varsity 8+, and third in the first varsity 8+.

Although Kerr Cup did not play out the way that our team would have preferred, we were encouraged by several key performances. As previously mentioned, many of the teams that we competed against at Kerr return to Philadelphia in May for the Dad Vail Championship regatta. By that time our boats expect to accrue speed by focusing on the areas that we felt were lacking in confidence during this regatta.

Quick starts off the blocks, a powerful and pushing base, and devastating sprints will make their respective appearances at the Schuylkill in May.

For now, the team is back in Ann Arbor studying for finals and training for the Mid-American Collegiate Rowing Association (MACRA) championships in Batavia, Ohio in two weeks.

And as always,