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4/07/2013 – The annual Michigan-Wisconsin Dual Race was canceled this year due to inclement weather. As of early last week, much of Lake Mendota, in Madison, still lay under a thick layer of ice. Instead, the Wolverines headed east towards Fairfax, Virginia, to race at the Occoquan Sprints. Teams in attendance included Drexel University, Grand Valley State University, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina, Loyola University Maryland, and William & Mary College. The regatta was hosted by George Mason University.
A warm, sunny day led the way to quartering tailwinds, which delayed each event quite a bit in time. No stakeboats were present, and coxswains aligned their crews from a floating start. Most crews had to take multiple strokes once in their lanes. This resulted in relatively short races due to the time it took for all the boats to become aligned in the tailwind.
The last-minute change in schedule did not faze the team in the least. Michigan swept the varsity events, with the Varsity 8+, 2nd Varsity 8+, lightweight 4+, and openweight 4+ claiming first place finishes in their events. In both of the eights’ events, Michigan cinched the title over Drexel University. In the Varsity 8+, Michigan ousted Drexel with a time of 5:15.80 to Drexel’s 5:18.24.
The past week of training proved crucial for the freshmen squad. The 1st Novice 8+ claimed the top spot coming out of the heats, beating Grand Valley and West Virginia University. In the Novice 8+ final, the Wolverines fell to Drexel with a time of 5:15.40 to Drexel’s 5:09.80.
A big thanks go out to the friends, family, and supporters of the Michigan Men’s Rowing Team. We could not have completed the race at the Occoquan Sprints without the hospitality and generosity of our supporters.
The Wolverines will be racing next weekend at the Lubber’s Cup Regatta on Spring Lake, Michigan.
Full results can be viewed on Ronin Racing.