“It felt really good crossing the finish line.” “In the fall, EMU pounded us,” Bancheri said.

“That’s the biggest turnaround since the battle of the bulge.” Koons said the cold and wind really wasn’t a problem, considering this was the worst weather she had ever experienced at a regatta. Bancheri complimented the rowers from all of the teams.

“All the coaches love to come here and even plan to change their schedules to accommodate a change in the date of the event,” he said.

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“We put the best athletes on the water first,” Hartsuff said, before deciding whether or not the more inexperienced rowers would be able to handle the wind and chop.

Laker Coach John Bancheri said he was surprised they won the overall trophy.

The Wolverines were timed in .044 in their men's varsity eight heat and Hartsuff said, "Now the semifinals are a step up in intensity and competitiveness, another matter we have to address." Temple had an outstanding day, advancing nine boats - five men, four women - and posting the fastest time (.698) in the women's freshman/novice four qualifying in addition to the men's varsity eight.

Delaware also qualified for the next round in nine events and St.

Michigan, the defending men's champion, moved on to the next round in seven events while Massachusetts stayed on schedule for a second straight women's title by qualifying six boats.

And while achievement in individual events is nice, the coaches of these and other teams in the regatta have their attention focused on the team championships.Gregg Hartsuff, UM Head Coach, will continue to be involved in managing the progression system for the regatta.A rowing “think tank” of sorts, the g ROWth Team is a diverse team representative of USRowing membership, including junior/scholastic, collegiate, and masters coaches, administrators and athletes from across the country recognized as visionaries, leaders and advocates of the sport.Grand Haven residents Faith Platz and Emily Koons, both second-year rowers for GVSU, said their coach changed the seating arrangement on their Varsity 8 boat just before their last race Sunday morning. “The coach moved us around to take advantage of the right strengths for these conditions.” “We beat Eastern Michigan by 18 seconds,” she said.“That was our big goal to beat Eastern,” Platz said.The CVB, with the support of the State of Ohio, has invested heavily in renewed infrastructure at Lake Harsha, including a new restroom facility, concession stand, 8 wakeless launches, launch and recovery docks, starting platform, wireless internet and other amenities.