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Thursday July 17, 2014

Calling All Incoming-Students!

The University of Illinois Men's, Women's, and Adaptive Rowing Clubs are now recruiting athletes for the 2014-2015 Season. We are looking for strong, dedicated athletes to represent Illinois on the water in the highest levels of Intercollegiate Competition.

Prior Rowing Experience is NOT Required. To find out more about the team, visit our recruiting section to find out more. If you are an experienced rower, please be sure to fill out our recruiting info form.

ACRA Academic All-Americans Announced

Thursday June 5, 2014

Today, 7 athletes from the University of Illinois were recognized for their academic achievements. To be eligible for Academic All-American honors, a student athlete must have Junior or Senior standing and possess a cumulative GPA of 3.85 or higher for 1st Team All-American, and a GPA of 3.5 or higher for 2nd Team All-American.

Four members of the Illini Squad earned 1st Team Honors: Jason Hempstead, Alexander Lakocy, Katie Ruhl, and Erik Stanek. Three more earned 2nd Team Honors: Christopher Marr, Samantha Sanders, and Cameron Skelding.

These seven lead the academic achievements of their athlete-scholars peers. The 50-person squad combined for an impressive team average cumulative GPA of 3.33, one of the highest for a sports team at the University.

Congratulations to our athletes on their success in the classroom this season, and special congratulations to our 7 distinguished honorees.

Three Illini Named to All-American Team

Thursday June 5, 2014

The American Collegiate Rowing Association named three rowers to from the University of Illinois to the All-American team. Meridith Kisting was named to the 2nd Boat All-American while teammate Melissa Schick was named to the 3rd Boat All-American. Freshman Diana Montgomery who won gold in the Novice Women's 4+ was named to the 1st Boat All-Novice.

Academic All-American Honorees will be announced by the ACRA by early next week. The press release for the All-American team can be found on the ACRA website.

Women's Novice 4+ are National Champions!!!

Sunday May 25, 2014

The crew of stroke-seat Dana Brecklin, 3-seat Diana Montgomery, 2-seat Elizabeth Dunne, bow-seat Katie Ruhl, and coxswain Adele Rehkemper won the Grand Finals of the American Collegiate Rowing Association Championships with a time of 7:46.4. The crew trailed MACRA champs Grand Valley until the 1200m mark of the race. Illinois fought hard to pull even with Grand Valley by the 1500m mark, at which point the coxswain made a bold call which the crew translated into a strong move to overtake Grand Valley and gain the lead. Illinois continued to push their advantage and opened up a greater lead on the field while Grand Valley began to fade. The women from Illinois won with a full boat length lead on second place Virginia Commonwealth who themselves made a strong late race push. UC Davis passed Grand Valley in the final strokes of the race to claim the bronze.

This is the second National Championship for Illinois in the Novice Women’s 4+. We had previously won the event in 2012; four of the five athletes from the 2012 crew (one of whom is now an alumni) were on shore to witness today’s victory.

Three Athletes Named to All-Regional Squad

Saturday May 24, 2014

Three athletes were named to the All-Midwest Crews. Rowers Melissa Schick and Meridith Kisting were named to the Women's 1st Boat All-Midwest Crew. Coxswain Samantha Sanders, who coxes the Varsity Men's 8+, was named coxswain of the Men's 1st Boat All-Midwest Crew. The three athletes were honored in a ceremony Saturday evening at Lake Lanier Rowing Center.

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