Sunday, June 9, 2013

Racer Rowing Completes 17th Season with Strong Showing at ACRA

Co-Written by Steven Goeller and Michael Moode

The other weekend on May 25th and 26th, Murray State was represented at the American Collegiate Rowing Association championship by a strong team completing a great 17th season. Former club president and super-fan for life, Steve "Slim" Goeller traveled with the team to Gainseville, Georgia to provide play-by-play color commentary via the alumni’s twitter feed (@racerrowsociety: subscribe today) and photographic full documentation as Racer Rowing faced off against teams from all over the United States. In today’s post, Steve recaps the event and the conclusion of the season.           

ACRA Race Results

From an alumnus’ standpoint, it's races like these that get me especially excited about this team. This is the first full regatta I have been to since I graduated, and I was so impressed by the level of dedication and commitment that the team brought to this capstone event. Being with these athletes and listening to their talk about training in the weeks following the conclusion of the spring semester to drop their boat's times was an inspiration. It is clear to me that our program is in capable hands.

…And the race results from ACRA provide further proof as Murray State finished against highly competitive teams such as Grand Valley, UC Davis, Emory, Purdue, and of course, Vanderbilt.
  • Men's Varsity Pair: Finished in 1st place in the Petite Final, with a time of 7:36.9
  • Women's Varsity Eight: Finished in 3rd place in the Petite Final, with a time of 7:12.8
  • Women's Novice Eight: Finished in 6th place in the Grand Final, with a time of 7:17.0
  • Women's Novice Four: Finished in 8th place in the Grand Final, with a time of 8:44.4
  • Men's Lightweight Novice Four: Finished in 8th place in the Grand Final, with a time of 7:32.4
  • Men's Novice Eight: Finished in 7th place in the Petite Final, with a time of 6:32.8
Overall, Racer Rowing wraps up its 17th season earning 57 medals and  a strong performance at ACRA to make our friends, family, and fellow alumni very proud. With around 40 rowers expected to return to row varsity next year, we can look forward to continued impressive performances in men’s and women’s varsity 8s next Fall.

Solidarity Among Teammates

Novice team member Juan Casa Del Valle suffered an injury in the training sessions leading up to ACRA and was unable to compete. In sign of solidarity, teammates wrote “We are Juan” on their arms. Seeing gestures like this are a wonderful reminder of what it is to be on a team; being able to count on your friends when times are tough. Beyond the victories we celebrate this year, it’s especially good to recognize the lifelong friendships that are being forged with these varsity, and those made when all of us alums were on the team.

New Racer Rowing Society Members Tip Balance in Favor of Alumni Victory in 2013

Five seniors graduated this year: outgoing President Carter Jones, Colin Horwood, Micah Clayton, Lindsey Cox and Matt Vollath. In a highly secretive and mystical ceremony, Dan Lavit and I bestowed certificates to them welcoming them into the ranks of the Racer Rowing Society. With these new additions to the Alumni roster, Varsity might be remiss if they think they will have an easy time hanging onto the Homecoming Cup Trophy at the next Homecoming Varsity vs. Alumni race.

A New Club President

Congratulations to Matt Fischer on being elected President of Racer Rowing. Matt was elected during the annual spring banquet by his teammates. He's a great guy, and we can expect great things from the Fischer administration in the year to come—especially support in our efforts to contribute to the program’s long-term fundraising goals. His administration includes: 

President Matt Fischer (Left) standing with outgoing Treasurer Micah Clayton (Right)
Vice President Megan Moffat
Treasurer Kyle Armstrong
Secretary Hannah Maloney 
Men's Captain Rob Canning
Women's Captain Meghan Helmer

We can look forward to a more detailed message from President Fischer on this site very soon.

New Crew Venture

Carter and Coach Colin have kicked their bromance to a new level, starting a rowing business, Their business focuses on high quality rowing apparel coupled with excellent customer service. They have gone to their first regatta this weekend. Their entrepreneurial spirit sets a great example for the rest of us to follow.

Thanks, Steve for the great update—if anyone has any additional news or announcements; or Racer Rowing stories both new and old, please share them with the Racer Rowing Society.           

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