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The winning pair of Kevin Hinkle (Left) and Phil Faris (Right). Photo Courtesy of Greg Miller

MACRA Championship

April 30, 2017

Batavia, OH  – Now is the time of the year that every member of the Michigan Men’s Rowing Team looks forward to. Finals are over, classes are out of the way, and the day-in-day-out focus is the team, the trainings, and of course, the competitions. The Mid-American Collegiate Rowing Association Championship is the first regatta in a slow succession of races that compose this time of the season, and as such, it is viewed with heightened importance.

The event, which is held on Harsha Lake in East Fork State Park and hosted by University of Cincinnati Rowing, is attended by regional schools such as Mercyhurst, The Ohio State University, Michigan State, Grand Valley, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, University of Chicago, Depaul, Minnesota School of Engineering, Marquette, Miami (ohio), Vanderbilt, and Case Western Reserve University.

With a wide array of small and large boat heats, many members of the Varsity and Novice squads doubled up into multiple events, which opened up opportunities for more medals and overall team points. Such races as the Men’s 1x (single), Men’s 2x (pair), and Men’s 4+, were viewed as highly competitive and important for the team to gain advantage over other programs. Michigan entered into a total of ten events, and had big wins in many. The payoffs for the hard work put in since Kerr Cup were clearly visible.

The biggest wins of the day came from the second Varsity 8 finishing first over Mercyhurst, the first novice 8 finishing ahead in its race, and the second and third novice 8s finishing first and second respectively in their event. The novice 4 also came away with a first place finish, as well as the Men’s 2x finishing first and second in the same final. The first Varsity 8 had a close second place finish to a surprising Mercyhurst varsity eight in their final, as well as Zach Burns in the Men’s 1x finishing second to a Mercyhurst sculler.

With these successes came, for the first time in program history, the Overall Team Points Trophy; an accomplishment that proves a significant level of depth from rowers, and strategic know-how from coaches.

In the meantime, the rowers are back in Ann Arbor where they will be training for the next two weeks in the lead up to the Dad Vail Championships regatta on May 12-13. The training will be high volume and high intensity, and will push our team to new competitive heights in time for the final few weeks of the 2016-2017 season.

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