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The Michigan fleet awaiting race time on Lake Talquin

Spring Training Scrimmage

March 8, 2017

Lake Talquin, Tallahassee, Florida  – Following a long week of getting reacquainted with the water during spring training, the Michigan Rowers, along with crews from Florida State University, The University of Florida, and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, took part in a scrimmage on FSU’s home body of water, Lake Talquin. The event featured several different boat classes including Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+, as well as Novice 8+.

Michigan was able to seat 1V, 2V, and 3V crews in the varsity 8+ event, and Michigan-A and Michigan-B boats during the varsity 4+ race. The 8s raced twice, while the fours raced only once throughout the day. On the novice squad, there were a total of four 8s that raced twice each throughout the day.

The course was a full 2000 m, with crews beginning at a floating start, and ending a few hundred meters away from the dock. Although conditions for the scrimmage were not ideal (rough water, strong tailwind mixed with cross-breeze), the races moved along with relatively few problems.

This scrimmage served largely as a learning opportunity for the rowers, coxswains, and coaches involved. While it exposed a lot of weaknesses that were chiefly resultant from the lack of on-the-water experience over the past few months, the event also highlighted many of the strengths of the boats and the program as a whole.

Unfortunately, upon returning to Ann Arbor the weather has not been all that friendly for rowing on Argo. So, training resumes indoors until warmer weather wins out. Hopefully, our team will be afforded plenty of opportunities to row on the water before the John Hunter Regatta, on March 25th down in Gainesville, Georgia.

In the meantime, we’ll keep banging chain, rowing hard, and setting our sights on big wins this spring.

And as always,