Free Grand Hotel Stay!

17 Apr

Free Grand Hotel Stay!

We are pleased to announce that we have a received an all-inclusive stay at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI to give away! Our package includes meals in the historical dining room and 2 nights in the hotel. An approximate $800 value! You can purchase tickets to win the package below or through our facebook or twitter sites. Tickets are for donations to the team, starting at $15. We will send each buyer their ticket information. The winner will be announced at our open boathouse on May 17th at 3 PM!

If you can’t make it to the open house, you can stay up on the action and find out if you are the lucky winner, through our twitter and facebook pages. (Tickets will also be available through team members and at the open boathouse).


Lubber’s Cup 2014

13 Apr

The 19th annual Don Lubber’s Cup Regatta, located at the Spring Lake Yacht Club, brought together some of the greatest rowing talent in the state of Michigan and from around the country. Michigan, Grand Valley, Purdue, Cincinnati, Illinois, and Colorado State came together to provide an aggressive racing weekend. This annual regatta, hosted by Grand Valley State University, is notorious for having rough weather. This year proved to be no different, adding rain, wind, and cold to test the skill of the crews. Traditionally a one-day regatta, Lubber’s Cup had two days of competitive racing.  A new scoring system was implemented that allowed for teams to race against one or two other crews in a total of 3 races to determine the overall winner.

Michigan State got off to a slow start this weekend but showed steady improvement from all 3 boats entered. The V8 lost to Cincinnati in the first race of the weekend but made a strong comeback in the next race, beating them by nearly 15 seconds.

The V8 in a close race with Purdue

The V8 in a close race with Purdue

In their final race, the V8 finished only 3 seconds behind Purdue. These results are a good indicator of what a few more weeks of practice will help the Spartans achieve. The Varsity 8, Novice 8, and Varsity 4 all took 4th place in their respective categories. The University of Michigan took 1st place in the Varsity 8 and Purdue surprised many by beating Grand Valley for second place. For the full results, go to

The Spartans are excited to prove themselves at MACRA in two weeks from now, taking place on Saturday, April 26th at Ford Lake in Ypsilanti, MI. Race details are provided at


Spring Season Opener – Cincinnati Regatta

5 Apr

After class on Friday, April 4th, eight rowers and two coxswains traveled to Cincinnati to compete in the Cincinnati Regatta on April 5th. This crew, consisting of both novice and varsity members, had only been practicing on the water for a week prior to the regatta due to the harsh Michigan winter.

The nice weather provided an environment for great rowing.

The beautiful weather provided an environment for great rowing.

That aside, the Spartans planned to prove to the competition that the long absence from practicing on the Grand River didn’t faze them. Here, the Spartans faced competition from the University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, Grand Valley State University, and Miami University and other collegiate crews. The first race of the day for the crew was the Men’s Varsity 8 Heats. The Varsity 8 placed first in the heat, beating University of Dayton and Miami by open water. In the final, MSU placed second behind Cincinnati by 3 seconds. Later in the day, the eight split into two fours and attempted to improve on their success earlier in the day. In the heats, both MSU boats placed second and qualified for the final. In the final, MSU A took third place behind the University of Cincinnati and Grand Valley. All race results can be found on

Lubbers Cup in Spring Lake, MI is next weekend, and the Spartans are expecting fierce racing from familiar Midwest foes: Michigan, Purdue, Grand Valley, and Cincinnati.

The Varsity 8 with their medals after taking 2nd place.

The Varsity 8 after taking 2nd place.

Season opening race at Cincinnati

29 Mar

A last minute addition to the racing schedule will see the crew club opening their spring racing season at the Cincinnati  Regatta this coming weekend, on Saturday, April 5th. The race is at Lake Harsha in East Fork State Park, Bethel, Ohio. The varsity 8+ will race at 9:40am and the two varsity 4+’s will race at 1:30pm.

If you live in the area, please consider coming out and cheering on the Spartans in their first race of the 2014  spring racing season. Check RegattaCentral – Cincinnati Regatta for complete race information.

Spring Break

8 Mar

MSU crew members escaped this treacherous winter during the week of March 2 to get some much needed time on the water. With 10+ inches of ice on the Grand, members were ecstatic to get on the water as soon as spring break began. Clemson University proved to be, yet again, a fantastic venue for the first ventures on the water this year. Warmer weather, endless waters, wonderful cafeterias, and a week of school break allowed the team to improve all on aspects of their rowing.
The week consisted of hard training, including two-a-day practices and work in both 4+s and 8+s. Competitive 1500 m and 500 m pieces on the last day displayed the hard work of the crews throughout the week. Both Novice and Varsity members alike show great potential, indicating an interesting season is to follow.In addition to rowing, the camaraderie between teammates grew and great memories were made. Rowers enjoyed nightly cards sessions, trips around town, and spending time together as a team. A cohesive group of friends makes for outstanding team mentality.

This was a very beneficial trip and is another step forward on the path to podiums in the spring. Rowers look forward to the opportunity to get back on the water at home before the first race of the season, Lubbers Cup, on April 12 and 13th.

Rowing in Clemson over spring break.

Rowing in Clemson over spring break.



States Cup cancelled

28 Feb

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the States Cup regatta that was scheduled for March 29th in Lansing. The Grand River is covered by 13 inches of ice with little warming in the forecast and due to the lead time required for the teams traveling to Lansing, a decision had to be made by the first of March whether to hold the regatta. We thank Penn State (M&W) and Grand Valley State (W) for their understanding and look forward to resuming the regatta in 2015.

Chicago Indoor Rowing Championships

22 Feb

cir-aOn Saturday February 22nd a group of Michigan State rowers and coxswains competed in Chicago against other college teams including B1G rivals Illinois, Purdue, and Northwestern, on the indoor rowing machines. There were several personal records set by team members  and many great pieces rowed by our dedicated athletes.

Men's Colligate Open Relay

Men’s Colligate Open Relay







Official results can be viewed at here and then by clicking on results and selecting 2014

The team would like to thank the Guenther and Wellings families for providing lodging for the rowers while they stayed in Chicago.



Chicago Indoor Rowing Championships

20 Feb

On Saturday February 22nd a select group of Michigan State rowers will travel to the Windy City to take part in the Chicago Indoor Rowing Championships. MSU will go up against several college teams including B1G rivals Illinois, Purdue, and Northwestern. There will be MSU rowers in the Collegiate Novice, Collegiate, Collegiate Light weight, Open Coxswain, and Veteran Men’s races.

Erg assignments can be viewed here:

Good luck to everyone competing!


Men's Open Challenge Relay, that broke the event record last year

Men’s Open Challenge Relay, that broke the event record last year

A long winter

17 Feb

With just less than two weeks before the crew club leaves for spring training in Clemson, SC our home waters are still firmly encased in 10+ inches of ice and 8+ inches of snow. This doesn’t deter the Spartans from making their presence felt on the Grand River though.

Spartans leave their mark on the Grand River.

Spartans leave their mark on the Grand River.

As the team begins preparations for the spring training trip,  they will get a welcome day off from training on the ergs to getting outside and training behind snow shovels! That boat trailer needs to be freed from it’s long winter hibernation before it heads south.

Crew club trailer buried in snow.

Crew club trailer buried in snow.








30,000 Meter Erg-A-Thon Completed

1 Feb

While watching a movie, the rowers set about completing the 30k

While watching a movie, the rowers set about completing the 30k

We would like to thank all our supporters for contributing to this year’s erg-a-thon! MSU rowers completed 30,000 meters a piece this past Saturday, January 25, 2014 for a total of 1 million meters! The team completed this challenge all while watching Lord of The Rings to keep from too much boredom of being on an erg for upwards of 2 hours!

Senior and team president, Steve Pyzik took the cake with his 1:56.2 split, finishing in just 1:56:17.6, with junior and team treasurer, Kyle Sherman not far behind, holding a 1:56.5 split! MSU rowers continue to train hard throughout the duration of this winter training season, looking forward to the spring! Always want more!

Brad Hughes and Brandon Bristow working on their 30k

Brad Hughes and Brandon Bristow working on their 30k

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