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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

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.

Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational

Friday April 17, 2015

The team is racing at Clinton Lake this weekend against 11 teams from around the Midwest. If you are local and want to view the race, we will be racing at the Parnell Lake Access point. You can use the address 35 Liberty Road, Farmer City, IL as a destination. Signs will direct you to the parking and venue area. There is only disability access parking at the venue, but a shuttle is provided from the remote parking lot.

10th Anniversary Banquet

Tuesday April 14, 2015

Illini Rowing is celebrating 10 years of rowing this season. In recognition of this amazing achievement, we will be celebrating with a special banquet this year. The dinner will be Saturday May 2, 2015 at 6pm at the iHotel.

In addition to celebrating 10 years, we will be recapping a tremendous year for our rowers. We will be awarding honors to exception athletes and recognize the achievements of our graduating seniors.

Tickets for the event are $25. Please contact Diana Montgomery to purchase tickets for this event.

Large Field Racing at the ICRI this Weekend

Monday April 13, 2015

The Fighting Illini will be host to the largest field to date at the Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational. The 2000m race, which also serves as the State Championship, will feature competitors from 12 University and College Programs. Returning teams include University of Chicago, Northwestern University, University of Kansas, University of Missouri, Wheaton College, and DePaul University. Joining the field this year are Marquette University, University of Iowa, St. Louis University, Cleveland State University, and Xavier University.

The race will be held at Clinton Lake at the Parnell Exhibition area on Saturday April 18th from 8:00am to 3:00pm.

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