2017 Midwest Junior Championship Recap

The Milwaukee Rowing Club Juniors had a strong performance at the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships. Out of the nineteen events in which the juniors program was entered, MRC had fifteen boats compete in the grand finals. These juniors had many courageous performances throughout the weekend, highlighted by earning the most medals at Midwest Junior Championships in MRC history. The boys team captured the first medal for MRC, earning third place in the 3rd Varsity 8+ on Saturday. The boys team was also successful on Sunday earning a silver medal in the 1st Novice 8+ and placing bronze in the 2nd Novice 4+. The girls team finished the regatta with a bang, capturing gold in both the 1st Novice 8+ and the 2nd Novice 4+.

Boys 3rd Varsity 8+ - Bronze Medal Winners
Lineup: cox: Madison Wolff, 8 Gary Lu, 7 Alec Hering, 6 Julien Green, 5 Erik Sprau, 4 Josh Marino, 3 Connor Langley, 2 Graham Bronson, 1 Jackson VanLue

The Boys 3rd Varsity Eight earned the first medal of the weekend for MRC on Saturday afternoon. The MRC boys finished with a time of 7:05.4 to solidify their position over fourth place Chicago (7:27.3). This is the third year in a row in which the MRC Boys 3rd Varsity Eight has earned a medal at the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships.

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Girls 1st Novice Eight - Midwest Champions!
Lineup: cox: Emma Shenkenberg, 8 Phoebe Dragseth, 7 Nora Byrne, 6 Camryn Ketchum, 5 Michela Miller, 4 Meredith Kent, 3 Gabby Engel, 2 Zoe Tiffin, 1 Elizabeth Foster

The Girls 1st Novice Eight showed their strength and determination in the grand final. They were in control of the race from the beginning and continued to push away from their competition. The MRC girls finished with a time of 7:06.1 ahead of 2nd place Cincinnati (7:14.3) and 3rd place Chicago (7:14.4). This is the first time MRC has captured gold in the event.

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Boys 1st Novice Eight - Silver Medal Winners
Lineup: cox: Libby Guindon, 8 Grant Heminger, 7 Alec Hering, 6 Roman Stueber, 5 Joe French, 4 Ari Borkin, 3 Enzo DeMichele, 2 Parker Hempel, 1 Thomas Hadcock

The Boys 1st Novice Eight was successful in their hunt for medal position. They had a great race finishing behind first place Cincinnati (6:26.4) with a time of 6:39.9. Their performance earned them a silver medal, ahead of third place Detroit (6:45.2).

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Girls 2nd Novice Four - Midwest Champions!
Lineup: cox: Emma Shenkenberg, 4 Meredith Kent,
3 Olivia Sullivan, 2 Zoe Tiffin, 1 Sophie Wacholz

The Girls 2nd Novice Four was the last race of the day for the novice girls team. Similar to the 1st Novice Eight, this crew had a good position early in the race and continued to stretch their lead. They were able to take the race by a comfortable margin with a time of 7:59.3 ahead of Dayton (8:17.5) and Cincinnati (8:18.7). The MRC 'B' boat in this event was also able to qualify for the final with a solid race in the heats. The 'B' boat had a strong showing in the final placing sixth (8:27.6) out of the seven crews.

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Boys 2nd Novice Four - Bronze Medal Winners
Lineup: cox: Madison Wolff, 4 Rohan Kaushal, 3 Brett Weber, 2 Daniel Ye, 1 Reno Wolff

The grand final for the Boys 2nd Novice Four was the last event of the regatta. The race took place just before a storm made its way over Harsha Lake. The MRC crew had a really strong race holding medal position in the early moments. They were able to solidify a bronze medal finish through the line with a time of 7:54.6 behind St Louis (7:48.5) and Cincinnati (7:38.7).

For the full regatta results visit HereNow.com

2015 Collegiate National Championships

MRC Alumni Compete On the National Stage

This is an exciting weekend in collegiate rowing. The NCAA National Championships (women) are taking place on Lake Natoma in California, and the IRA National Championships (men and lightweight women) are taking place on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, NJ. The Milwaukee Rowing Club is well represented by former Juniors competing for a collegiate national title.

The heats and reps are under way today, semifinals will be on Saturday, and finals will wrap up on Sunday. See information below on the athletes competing as well as info on following the results and live video feeds.


IRA National Championships

The Milwaukee Rowing Club has six former athletes competing in New Jersey this weekend.
- Ben Lawton ('14) - six seat for Princeton University in the Freshman 8+
- Teddy Boesen ('14) - bow seat in the Wisconsin Varsity 4+
- Jack Spencer ('13) -  four seat in the Wisconsin 3rd Varsity 8+
- John Goodman ('12) - five seat in the Wisconsin 3rd Varsity 8+
- James Lueken ('13) - stroking the Wisconsin 2nd Varsity 8+
- Spencer Haas ('13) - four seat in the Boston University 2nd Varsity 8+

You can check out the live feed throughout the weekend by clicking the links on the USRowing youtube channel and see live results here. For more info see the regatta website.


NCAA National Championships

Former MRC athletes competing in California include:
- Katie Felsheim ('14) - coxswain in the Harvard University 2nd Varsity 8+
- Sofia Jonas ('12) - three seat in the Harvard University 2nd Varsity 8+
- Aly Schmit ('12) - five seat in the Indiana 2nd Varsity 8+

You can view the live results here and check out the live video feed. For additional info see the regatta website: http://www.ncaa.com/Rowing

Athlete Spotlight

Riley Peters

Sophomore at Whitefish Bay High School

When/Why I began rowing:

I began rowing my freshman year. My mom had heard about Learn to Row and signed me up along with one of my good friends Grace. She was in an earlier learn to row so I asked if she enjoyed it. She raved about how fun rowing was which got me excited for my session of Learn to Row. Since then, I have dropped all my other sports and have fell in love with rowing.

Favorite workout:

We do so many different workouts day to day, therefore practice is never boring, but I have two favorite workouts for on the water. As far as a steady state workout, I loved one of Roger's most recent workouts which was the 75% then 100% pressure as the number of strokes increased by ten. It was something that I had never done before and enabled us to give it our all on each stroke. For high rate pieces I really enjoy some type of time pyramid or 6x2min plus 4x1min. It pushes us to get more distance on each piece and is one of my favorite preps for a 2k.

Favorite aspect of rowing:

For me I love completing a workout and having a really good piece. The feeling of accomplishing something that we work everyday towards and the positivity that everyone has after finishing a well rowed piece. These are the best aspects of rowing and why I am passionate about the sport.

Favorite rowing season:

My favorite season is spring season. There is nothing like sitting at the start line and the intensity build up to when the officials drop the flag to start the race. Racing at higher rates shows us how hard we have to practice and work but eventually that hard work pays off. Also, I enjoy the race courses that we go to and getting to race against a bunch of other crews.

What motivates you to work hard:

My coaches really motivate me to work hard as well as my teammates. I am a very competitive person and always want to do my best and both my coaches and team members are always there for me to help me accomplish that. I look to older girls, girls that have more experience then me, and girls who are better then me as people to motivate me and as a way to set goals for myself. Overall, the positivity of the team, especially from the novice girls who show up with smiles on there faces everyday, really motivate me to work hard.

Favorite race:

By far, my favorite race is Midwest Championship in Cincinnati, Ohio. The race course is beautiful but the atmosphere is slightly overwhelming initially. There are so many different crews that race there and it gives the team a great chance of racing multiple times, which I find to be a great experience. The competition is intense and the race itself is what we train for all year. Overall Midwest Championship really teaches us to give it our all in one race and if we do that it is very rewarding.

Midwest Championships Recap

The Milwaukee Rowing Club Juniors had a strong performance at the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships. Out of the twenty events in which the juniors program was entered, MRC had thirteen boats qualify for the finals. These juniors earned the most medals at Midwest in MRC history. The boys team had a successful day, earning first place in the 2nd Novice 4+ and placing third in both the 1st Novice 8+ and the 3rd Varsity 8+. The girls team took the bronze medal in the 1st Varsity 4+ event, qualifying them for the Youth National Championships.

Boys 2nd Novice Four - Midwest Champions!
Lineup: cox: Katie Robrecht, 4 George Lawton, 3 Stuart Dantoin, 2 Jack Pondel, 1 Michael Leykin

The Boys 2nd Novice Four had an exciting race pushing ahead of the field to win the title. MRC finished with a time of 7:15.08 before St Louis (7:16.26) and Upper Arlington (7:20.02). This is the second year in a row in which a second novice boys boat has won gold at the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships.

Boys 1st Novice Eight - Bronze Medal Winners
Lineup: cox: Grayson Van Lue, 8 Will Alt, 7 Jack Latterell, 6 Taylor Miklaszewski, 5 Oliver Kissinger, 4 Jack Pondel, 3 Stuart Dantoin, 2 George Lawton, 1 Michael Leykin

The Boys 1st Novice Eight showed toughness in their grand final when they established the third position behind St Louis and Cincinnati. The boys finished with a time of 6:41.54 a comfortable margin ahead of Upper Arlington (6:45.96).

Boys 3rd Varsity Eight - Bronze Medal Winners
Lineup: cox: Grayson Van Lue, 8 John Misey, 7 Matt St. Amour, 6 Dan Fee, 5 Garrett Badalich, 4 Dan Zaydman, 3 Jack Karnes, 2 Gary Lu, 1 Ben Schnese

The Boys 3rd Varsity Eight was successful in there hunt for medal position. They finished behind Cincinnati and St Louis with a time of 6:52.10. This earned them a bronze medal, well ahead of 4th place Westerville (6:58.10).

Girls 1st Varsity Four - Bronze Medal Winners
Lineup: cox: Julia Campbell, 4 Alli Spencer, 3 Elise Schedler, 2 Allison Brunner, 1 Kylie Diffley

The Girls 1st Varsity Four was the last race of the day for the girls team. They had a good position early in the race. As they approached the finish line, they were in a heated battle for 3rd against Dublin Crew. The MRC girls were able to edge it out and finish with a time of 7:34.23 just ahead of Dublin (7:34.88). They finished behind Cincinnati and Twin Cities. Being a 1st Varsity event, the bronze medal earned them a bid to the USRowing Youth National Championships where they will compete against the best in the country in Sarasota-Bradenton, FL (June 12-14).