2015-2016 Schedule Posted
Wednesday July 22, 2015
The 2015-2016 Travel Race Schedule has been posted. The Spring Home Race Schedule will be completed in the near future - the Spring Schedule will include 3 new home duels against a variety of BigTen and ACRA schools.
Tryouts Information Posted
Sunday July 12, 2015
Don't spend your season watching from the sidelines - wear the Orange and Blue and represent Illinois on the water.
Tryout information has been posted on the recruiting page. Tryouts are open to all University of Illinois students.
Bill Grier Takes Over as Head Coach and Program Director
Wednesday July 1, 2015
Effective July 1st, Bill Grier has taken over as Head Coach and Program Director for the Men's and Women's Rowing Clubs at the University of Illinois. Coach Grier, who took over the role of Men's Head Coach at the start of the 2014-2015 season, replaces Erik Kroeker who retired after 8 years with the program at the end of last season. Coach Grier brings a deep background in training program design and the experience gained in his three previous seasons with the team.
Coach Grier is joined by Coach Michelle Victora and Coach Noel Naughton who will be taking over the positions of Novice Women's and Novice Men's Coaches respectively. Both coaches come from collegiate rowing backgrounds and served as Assistant Coaches with the team during the 2014-2015 season.
The Alumni Organization and Student Board are excited to welcome these coaches to their new roles and look forward to success the team will experience under their leadership in the months and years to come.
Women's V8+ Ranked 10th in the Country
Thursday April 23, 2015
The April 22, 2015 polls have placed the Women's Varsity 8+ as the 10th fastest team in the country. The poll, voted on by ACRA coaches, ranks team based on relative speed and recent performances. The Illini received 5 votes, placing them 10th on the list. Grand Valley, who remains in 1st place since their debut at #1 in early April, received 59 votes (including 5 first place votes), followed by Illinois' BigTen rival Purdue with 54 votes (including 1 first place vote).
This is the first time an Illinois Varsity 8+ has broken the Top-10. So far this season, Illinois had not received any votes for the ACRA Poll, but the strength of the entire Women's Team performance at the ICRI gave Illinois the boost it needed to make the poll.
The Illini will have to confirm their standing as a Top-10 team this weekend at the MACRA Championship in Ann Arbor, MI. They will be facing 3 Top-10 teams (#1 Grand Valley, #2 Purdue, and #5 Middlebury), as well as Cincinatti and Chicago who rank just off the Top-10 list.
The poll is available at row2k.com.
Illinois Wins 3rd Straight State Championship, Captures Women's Points Championship
Monday April 20, 2015
This past weekend, the Fighting Illini were host to 11 other colleges and university rowing clubs in the 3rd Annual Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational. The very competitive field prove tough to beat, with Illinois only taking Gold in the Junior Varsity 8+. What the Illini lacked in individual wins, they made up in consistency and depth winning Silver and Bronze in 10 other events, including Silver Medals in the Men's and Women's Varsity 8+'s.
The depth earned Illinois its 3rd straight State Championship with 146 points, besting Illinois rivals Chicago (122), DePaul (86), and Northwestern (84). The Illini Women's Crew also earned their first Women's Points Championship, besting 2-Time Winner Chicago by a margin of 9 points. The Men's Crew did yield the Men's Points Championship for the first time to Kansas who won on the strength of their Varsity and Novice 8+'s.
The Illini next race at the Mid-American Collegiate Rowing Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan this coming weekend.