Rowing Makes Spring Debut at Home This Weekend with Five-School Regatta

Deck view of Devils Lake from Adrian College's new, state-of-the-art boathouse. (Photo by Hollie Smith)
Deck view of Devils Lake from Adrian College's new, state-of-the-art boathouse. (Photo by Hollie Smith)
ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College men's and women's rowing teams will make its official spring debut at home this weekend on Devils Lake, where the Bulldogs will host Rochester Institute of Technology with North Park, Ohio Wesleyan and Milwaukee School of Engineering.
 
Racing on Saturday begins at 1 p.m. with the women's varsity 4+ between Adrian and Ohio Wesleyan, lasting through the men's varsity 4+ (Adrian/MSOE) scheduled for 4:45 p.m. The five-school event concludes on Sunday starting with the women's 1st/2nd varsity 8+ at 8:30 a.m.
 
"We're excited and humbled to be able to host a spring regatta in our inaugural year as a program," said Adrian first-year head coach Bart Thompson. "The fact that it's a regatta of such magnitude and such quality is even better.
 
"It's rare, not just regionally but nationally, to see a single regatta feature five schools from five separate states," he said. "To be able to bring in most of the NCAA Division III varsity rowing programs in the Midwest--MSOE, North Park and Ohio Wesleyan--along with a perennial national power in RIT is tremendous."
 
Both Bulldog teams have made a splash in their first season on the water and showed spirit as well as competitiveness to build for a successful foundation. Both teams' highlights came from the first-ever event at the Oct. 6 Rowtoberfest Regatta in Chicago. The women’s collegiate 4+, the Adrian “A” entry of freshmen Allie Saff, Emily Reese, Hannah Heller, Grace Cool and coxswain Athena Flaishans, finished in second place with a clocking of 17 minutes and 1.8 seconds--just 1.5 seconds off the winning pace. Adrian won four medals on the men's side, led by gold performances by freshmen Evan Purcell, Niko Hays, Lance Berry, Mitch Doyle and coxswain Emily Cahill in the collegiate 4+ ("A" team) in 15:02, and another "A" entry in the collegiate 8+ with Purcell, Hays, Berry, Doyle and classmates Aidan Moran, Rudy Schork, Chris Yaklic, Victor Thacker and Cahill as the coxswain.

Adrian's race start times are: 

Saturday
Race 1 @ 1:00pm - Women's V4+ (vs. OWU)
Race 3 @ 1:30pm - Women's N4+ (vs. OWU)
Race 4 @ 1:45pm - Women's V4+ (vs. NPU)
Race 6 @ 2:15pm - Women's N4+ (vs. NPU)
Race 8 @ 3:45pm - Women's N4+ (vs. MSOE)
Race 10 @ 4:15pm - Men's 2V4+ (vs. MSOE)
Race 11 @ 4:30pm - Men's N4+ (vs. MSOE)
Race 12 @ 4:45pm - Men's V4+ (vs. MSOE)

Sunday
Race 14 @ 8:45am - Women's V8+ (vs. OWU V8+)
Race 16 @ 9:15am - Men's V8+ (vs. RIT 1V8+ and RIT 2V8+)
Race 19 @ 10:00am - Women's V8+ (vs. North Park 1V8+ and RIT N8+)
Race 21 @ 10:30am - Men's V8+ (vs. RIT 3V8+ and MSOE N8+)
Race 22 @ 10:45am - Women's V8+ (vs. RIT 1V8+ and 2V8+)
Race 25 @ 11:30am - Men's V8+ (vs. RIT 3V8+ and MSOE 1V8+)

"It's not been an easy endeavor, but each program is excited for the opportunity to get a large amount of racing in this weekend to kick off our spring seasons," Thompson added. "This regatta provides a tremendous opportunity for us to see where we are in terms of speed in comparison to our regional rivals coming out of the winter training months."

The Bulldogs were supposed to make their spring debut at home on March 23 with Grand Valley State club with Michigan State club in town, but the tri-event was cancelled due to poor lake conditions.

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