Illinois Wins 5 Golds at Chicago Indoor
Monday February 24, 2014
The University of Illinois Menís and Womenís Rowing Clubs rowed at the Chicago Indoor Rowing Championship (CIRC) this Saturday at Chicago State University. The competition brings together university teams from across the Midwest, including BigTen rivals Northwestern, Purdue, and Michigan State among others. The competition consists of individual rowers racing a 2000m distance on indoor rowing machines with medals being awarded to the fastest athletes in each category. The event is capped by a 5x 500m team relay race.
The Illini took Gold in 4 individual categories (Novice Lightweight Men, Novice Lightweight Women, Novice Men, Open Women). The Varsity Men from Illinois also stunned the field by winning Gold in the Menís 5x 500m relay and setting a new CIRC in the process. The Varsity Women also managed to break the previous 5x 500m womenís record, but fell to a very strong Purdue Crew who took Gold. Novice Lightweight Niels Geertsen also set a new CIRC record, while Novice Lightweight Katie Ruhl came close to doing the same Ė both rowers cap their winter seasons undefeated after winning Gold at the Indianapolis and Illini Indoor Rowing Championships.
Both the Menís and Womenís Rowing Clubs will be returning to water soon in preparation for the Spring Rowing Season. The first water race of the year will take place on March 29th when Illinois races at the John Hunter Regatta in Gainesville, GA.
A full listing of results is available at chicagoindoorrowing.com
Illini Indoor this Weekend
Sunday February 2, 2014
The Illini Rowing team will be competing in the Illini Indoor this Sunday at 11am in the ARC. The Illini Indoor is the teams annual team competition to showcase their skills going into the Spring Season. The team will compete against one another in a 2000m test on indoor rowing machines. The athlete's performance will be tracked on projector screens so anyone can see their progress through the races.
This full uniform practice will be a great showcase for the coming season. This season holds a lot of promise for the Fighting Illini. Last fall saw the Novice Women's Team go undefeated against club varsity teams and the Novice Men's team secure gold at the Quad Cities Classic for the second year in a row and Bronze at the Head of the Rock behind Minnesota and Michigan. The Women's Varsity 8+ is also on track to become Nationally Ranked this Spring, along with the Varsity Men's Squad who will look to make the Grand Finals this year at Nationals. After a Triple Gold performance two weekends ago at the Indianapolis Indoor, the Illini Indoor should be a great preview for the season to come.
Spring Tryouts Set for January 22-30
Tuesday December 10, 2013
The Men's and Women's Rowing Clubs will be having Spring Tryouts the first week back from Winter Break. Tryouts will be held in the ARC (Gym 2) from January 22nd to January 30th.
Any student interested in trying out for the team should register on the recruiting page to get all updates on tryout schedules.
Orange Team Wins!
Monday December 9, 2013
Orange and Blue Week pits teammate against teammate in a week long competition for supremacy. The athletes on each team are divided evenly - Novice, Varsity, Men, Women crews are split right down the middle and assigned to Orange Squad or Blue Squad.
This season, Orange pulled out victory over Blue, winning 1728 to 1662. To honor their win, Orange team members have won the Orange & Blue 2013 Team Watermark.
Illinois Sweeps Northwestern in 1st Chicago Boat Race
Saturday October 26, 2013
The Fighting Illini drove up to Chicago the morning of Homecoming for the 1st Annual Chicago Boat Race between Illinois and Northwestern. By noon, the team was heading home with 4 more victories to cap their season.
The first race was the Men's Reserves Race over a 2km course. Illinois 1F8 edged out the 2V8 by less than 6 seconds, but both finished well ahead of Northwestern's 1F8. In the Women's Reserves Race, the 1N4 from Illinois beat out the 2V4 from Illinois. Both crews bested the 1N4 from Northwestern, and the 2N4 from Illinois who finished 4th.
In the 1st Varsity Men's 8+ 6km Race, the Fighting Illini took an early lead and kept building throughout. They finished well up on the 1V8 from Northwestern to win the Men's Boat Race trophy.
The 1st Varsity Women's 8+ 6km Race paralleled the 1V8+ Men's Race. The Varsity Women from Illinois rowed an extremely clean race to take first by a wide margin.
Perhaps most importantly, the Illini also won the fundraising competition raising a total of $7,361 for Recovery on Water, beating out the Northwestern squad who raised $2,215. Combine, the two squads raised just shy of $10,000 for Recovery on Water.
This stellar performance from the Illini caps the best Fall Season in team history. The Novice Women end their Fall undefeated against Club Varsity teams.