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.


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.


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).


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.


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

Greater Chicago Junior Rowing Championships

The MRC Juniors will compete at the Greater Chicago Junior Rowing Championships, held this Saturday in Crystal Lake, IL. Milwaukee will be up against some of the best teams from Chicago and surrounding areas. Saturday's field will include Camp Randall, New Trier, Loyola Academy, St. Ignatius, and several other teams. Families are encouraged to come support the team. Please refer to the race website for more information.

Location: Crystal Lake in Crystal Lake, IL
The regatta will take place at Main Beach. There is not an address for the Main Beach building, however you can click here to see where the venue is located. Note: Dogs are not allowed.

The 1850 meter course is six lanes wide with buoys on the outside of lanes 1 and 6. Buoys will be at the first 100 meters and every 250 meters, as well as the starting and finishing lines. Rowing will be from west to east, finishing in front of the Main Beach Building. Bring binoculars to better see races as they come down the course. Races essentially come straight towards the viewing area.

The racing schedule has yet to be posted. The coxswains meeting is set for 8:00 AM. All athletes will be expected to arrive early Saturday morning to unload the trailer and prepare our equipment for racing.

Lineups along with the final itinerary coming soon!

Schedule Update


Practice will not be held this Friday, April 3. Enjoy your long weekend!

Upcoming Schedule

  • Friday, April 3 - No Practice
  • Sunday, April 19 - Monona Invite - Madison, WI
  • Saturday, May 2 - Greater Chicago Jr Rowing Championships - Crystal Lake, IL
  • May 15-17 - Midwest Junior Rowing Championships - Cincinnati, OH - travel Friday; racing on Saturday and Sunday
  • Monday, May 18 - No Practice
  • June 12-14 - USRowing Youth National Championships (must qualify) - Sarasota-Bradenton Florida
  • Friday, June 12 - Final Practice of Spring Season