October 13, 2018
– Just shortly after the Head of the Rock was cancelled due to excessive flooding
on the Rock River, Coach Hartsuff decided to take the varsity guys all the way down to Music
City, so the team wouldn’t miss out on a great opportunity for competition during fall break. On
Friday afternoon the team departed on the 8-hour trek down south, and they raced early the next
morning against notable teams including Purdue, Vanderbilt, Alabama, and Georgia.
The day brought fierce competition for the Wolverines, with the fours races in the morning, the
pairs at noon, and the eights later on in the afternoon, but the team succeeded in destroying its
opponents. Michigan swept the collegiate fours event, winning gold, silver, and bronze medals,
and earned gold and bronze medals in the collegiate 8, with Purdue sneaking its way into second
place. With the majority of last year’s guys returning to the team, Michigan has one of the
deepest team of rowers that we’ve seen in a while.
In between racing, some of the varsity guys took a culturally enriching trip over to Nashville’s
full-scale replica of the Greek Parthenon, while others bulked up on some good ol’ southern
BBQ in downtown Nashville.
Nothing better than starting off the first regatta of the year with a bang.
And as always, Go Blue!