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Spring Tryouts Start Monday!

Monday January 18, 2016

Tryouts for athletes who wish to join the team the spring semester will start Monday, January 25 and will run through Friday, January 29.

6:00 AM in ARC Gym 1


No prior rowing experience required. For more information, visit the recruiting page. Tryouts are open to all University of Illinois Students.

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

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.

Varsity 8+'s Battle Against Best in Crew Classic

Sunday March 29, 2015

The Varsity Men's and Women's 8+'s from Illinois started their season against a field of predominantly California crews in the San Diego Crew Classic. The Illini flew to San Diego the Thursday prior to the race from Atlanta after training in Gainesville, GA over the first half of Spring Break.

The Varsity Men took to the water first in the 2nd heat of the Men's Collegiate Varsity event. The crew, stroked by Junior Alex Cosman, kept with the pack up to the 800m mark of the 2000m race. After hitting some rough water mid-race, the crew fell off the pack, losing contact with the pack led by eventual Bronze medalists Santa Clara by the 1000m mark. The crew finished the race in 6th, advancing to the C Finals in the afternoon. Their afternoon final had a similar tone, but the Illini were able to shave off 6 seconds from their morning performance.

The Varsity Women's raced in the 2nd heat of the DII/DIII/Club Women's 8+ Saturday morning. The Women lost contact with the leading pack early in the race. The heat was won by Orange Coast College, the eventual Silver medalist. The Women advanced to the Petite Finals Sunday morning which they won by a wide amount of open water, outclassing 2nd place Chapman University with a victory margin of 1 minute, 25 seconds.

This early season race serves as a benchmark for the Illinois squads. The field of experienced California schools are the toughest possible test for the Illini after only 7 days on the water. The Illinois Rowing Club's will next race as a full team in the Don Lubber's Cup on April 11th, while select athletes will participate in a friendly scrimmage in Chicago the day before Easter on Lincoln Park Lagoon.

Novice and JV Boats Hold their own at John Hunter Regatta

Sunday March 29, 2015

While the 1st Varsity 8+'s raced in San Diego, the Novice and JV squads took on the best in the South at the 29th John Hunter Regatta in Gainesville, GA. The 2000m race was held on the 1996 Olympic course where the Illini had trained the week prior for Spring Training.

The Novice Women's 4+'s took to the water first. The 1st Novice Women's 4+ stroked by Spring Novice Erika Stevens and coxed by Andrew Rosenblat trailed race leader Clemson, but held a big lead on the rest of the field finishing 2nd in their heat and advancing directly to the Grand Finals. In the Finals, Clemson once again pulled to the front. Illinois fought well to keep with the pack fighting for second, but by the 1500m the fatigue of the day began to wear on the crew. The Illini fell back to half-a-boat open behind a pack of Kansas, Rollins, and Northwestern who all finished within 0.452 seconds of each in the closest finish of the day. The Illini claimed 5th Overall, directly behind Midwest rivals Northwestern.

The 2nd Women's Novice 4+ had a direct Final. The Illini had a shaky start but pulled back into the leading pack by the 1000m, they stayed part of the leading pack through the 1750m when Clemson started to pull to the front. The Illini held on to finish closely behind the two lead boats claiming Bronze in the process.

The Women's Novice 8+ struggled in their first 1000m falling behind the pack. Coxswain Lizzy Dabek worked hard to pull the crew back together and the crew began moving back up on the field by the 1500m mark. Unfortunately, the damage was done and the crew finished 6th in their heat. The disappointment was tempered by the fact that the crew did finish with the 8th fastest time from the heats.

The Men's Novice 8+ had a good start, but faltered midway through losing contact with the race leaders. The crew slipped back behind Clemson at the 1500m but battled back in the final 250m of the race. The crew managed a last second sprint to pull ahead of Clemson, taking 4th by a margin of 0.289 seconds.

The Men's Novice and Varsity 4+'s had similar races to each other, both posting good starts but struggling to keep pace with race leaders. The Novice Men's 4+ finished 5th, while the Varsity Men's 4+ finished 4th just outside of qualifying for the finals. Of note, the Varsity 4+ was populated by the JV 4+ rowers on account of the 1st Varsity racing in San Diego.

The whole squad races next in the Don Lubber's Cup in Grand Rapids, MI on April 11th.

Varsity 8+'s Row in Crew Classic

Saturday March 28, 2015

The Varsity Women's and Mens 8+'s are rowing in the San Diego Crew Classic this morning. Go to the Crew Classic website for live results.

Big Wins at Chicago Indoor

Sunday March 8, 2015

The Fighting Illini capped their Winter Competitive Season at the Chicago Indoor Rowing Championships with podium finishes in almost every event entered. The Illini captured Gold in the Novice Women, Novice Men, Varsity Men, Varsity Lightweight Women, Coxswain Women, Coxswain Men, and Men's Relay Event. The team also made the podium in the Varsity Women (2nd, 3rd), Varsity Men (2nd), Novice Lightweight Men (2nd, 3rd), Novice Women (3rd), Coxswain Women (2nd, 3rd), Women's Relay (2nd, 3rd).

Adding to the individual and relay wins, the Illini captured the Men's Team and Women's Team Championships. During this dominant performance, 41 Illini recorded personal records during the event.

The Illini will next race on the March 28th weekend. The Novice and JV crews will race at the John Hunter Regatta in Gainesville, GA while the 1st Varsity boats will race in the San Diego Crew Classic.

Chicago Indoor this Weekend

Friday March 6, 2015

The Illini will cap their winter racing schedule at the Chicago Indoor Rowing Championships on March 7th. The event is at Chicago State University from 9:00am to 2:00pm.

Come cheer on the Illini as they finish off their winter season.

2015 Illini Indoor Complete

Sunday February 22, 2015

The Fighting Illini had their annual intrasquad competition this Sunday. The Illini competed head-to-head against their crewmates in 2km long races on indoor rowing machines. The winners of each event were awarded hammers to commemorate their victories.

Men's Winners: Nate Tucker (Varsity) Will Klock (Lightweight) James Pieper (Novice) Josh Cohn (Coxswain)

Women's Winners: Melissa Schick (Varsity) Dana Brecklin (Lightweight) Nicki Levar (Novice) Samantha Sanders (Coxswain)

The athletes will next compete at the Chicago Indoor Rowing Championship on March 7th at Chicago State University.

Spring Tryouts Underway!

Monday January 26, 2015

Spring Tryouts are going on this week. Any and all interested athletes are encouraged to come out for Spring Tryouts this week - 6:30am at the ARC, Gym 1. All athletes are welcome - prior rowing experience not required.

Illinois' Double World Now Official

Saturday December 27, 2014

Concept2 has officially recognized the University of Illinois' double world record for longest continual row. The Illini set the records for 19 and under, and the 20-29 age group in early December. This achievement came after over 3 days of continuous rowing by the athletes on the Quad over 3 of the coldest days of the year.

Illini Complete Historic Double World Record Attempt

Monday December 8, 2014

The Illini have successfully completed their 72 hour attempts at two longest continuous row records. The teams both finished after 3 days 48 minutes, clearing the previous records by wide margins. The results will be officially recognized by Concept2 once the records are verified.

Over 24 Hours Into Record Attempt

Saturday December 6, 2014

The Illini are still going strong at 24 hours of their 72 hour attempt. The Under-19 group is well on their way to shattering the existing record, while the 20-29 group is a little under half-way to their goal. More updates to come!

Illinois On Their Way to Breaking Two World Record

Friday December 5, 2014

At 12:11pm Friday, the Fighting Illini Rowing Club started their attempts to break two World Records. Currently, the rowers are rowing on indoor rowing machines on the campus' Main Quad to break the Under 19 Longest Continuous Row record and the 20yrs-29yrs Longest Continuous Row record. To beat the record, the teams plan to switch out team members for the next three days while keeping the machines' fans continuously moving.

Chicago Boat Race Results

Sunday October 26, 2014

The 2nd Annual Chicago Boat Race was completed this past weekend in support of Recovery-on-Water (ROW). Prior to the event, rowers from Illinois and the University of Chicago raised money for ROW, a rowing club dedicated to survivors of breast cancer. All races were raced over the South Branch of the Chicago River between starting West of the Pulaski Bridge and finishing under the Ashland Bridge.

The Novice squads competed in the first two races of the day. In both races, the Fighting Illini opened up early leads on their competitors and pushed their advantage. The Men's novice won by well open, while the two Novice Women's crews won by well open and 5 boat lengths open water.

The Varsity crews rowed for the Chicago Boat Race trophies. In the Varsity Men's 8+, Illinois' 1V pulled out to a commanding lead. The Chicago 1V pushed to a 1 boat length lead over the Illinois 2V before colliding with a log and losing their skegs. It was a disappointing finish for the Chicago men's team who were unable to complete the race at pressure as a result of the injury to the boat. Illinois' 1V recaptured the Chicago Boat Race trophy after winning over Northwestern last year.

The Varsity Women's race saw a reversal of the trend shown throughout the earlier racing. Chicago pulled ahead early in the race, overstroking the conservative Illinois crew. Illinois managed to bring up the rating and push back into Chicago, but Chicago was able to respond a increase the margin. Illinois never regained contact, and lost by a margin of 4 boat lengths - the closest margin of the day. Chicago won the Chicago Boat Race trophy for the first time, and continues their winning streak to Illinois since Illinois' upset victory at the State Championships last year.

Finally, Illinois won the Race-4-Row trophy after having raised the largest amount for ROW during their campaign. To date, Illinois has not lost the Race-4-Row trophy having raised over $10k during the last two campaigns. Illinois and Chicago have tentatively planned the next race for October 24th, 2015.

Chicago Boat Race Details Posted

Tuesday October 21, 2014

Details for the Chicago Boat Race have been posted - please selected the link under races above for more information.

Two Crews Race in the Head of the Charles

Friday October 17, 2014

This weekend, the Fighting Illini will be fielding two crews in the 50th Head of the Charles. The Men's team is entered in the Club 4+'s at 1:18pm EST, and the Women's team is entered in the Collegiate 4+'s at 4:38pm EST.

For more information, please visit

This Sunday: Head of the Rock

Friday October 10, 2014

The Illini will be fielding 12 boats in 7 events. In order:

  • Race 20 (9:52AM): Men's Collegiate Novice 8+
  • Race 22 (10:01AM): Men's Collegiate 4+ (2 entries)
  • Race 36 (11:03AM): Women's Collegiate 4+
  • Race 49 (1:03PM): Women's Collegiate Novice 8+ (2 entries)
  • Race 66 (2:08PM): Mixed Open 4+ (Alumni entry)
  • Race 75 (2:37PM): Men's Collegiate 8+ (3 entries)
  • Race 87 (3:37PM): Women's Collegiate 8+ (2 entries)

For the full race listing, including start order, visit RegattaCentral.

2014-2015 Women's Roster Announced

Friday October 3, 2014

In addition to the full compliment of Varsity/Novice Women returning from last year, the team has added another 17 Novice Women to the roster for the coming year. Please visit the Women's Team page for athlete pictures and bios.

Illinois Entered for Rock, Charles, Hooch, and Crew Classic

Friday October 3, 2014

Fans of Illinois Rowing will get opportunities to see Illinois all over the country this coming year. The Fighting Illini are now entered for the Head of the Rock (Oct. 12), Head of the Charles (Oct. 18), Head of the Hooch (Nov. 1), and the San Diego Crew Classic (Mar. 28-29). This year, both the Men's and Women's Clubs will be racing in the Head of the Charles and the San Diego Crew Classic.

Both Men's and Women's Rowing Clubs will be also racing in the Chicago Boat Race on October 26th against rivals the University of Chicago, as well as several other races in the Winter and Spring. For more information about races, please keep checking back in the future.

Accepting New Trialists Through Sept. 2nd

Wednesday August 27, 2014

If you missed Day 1 of tryouts, you still have a chance to come out. We will be accepting new trialists through Tuesday September 2nd. Tryouts continue this week at 6:30am at the ARC - Gym 1. All Men's and Women's trialists are welcome!

Women's Novice 4+ to be Honored at Sept. 26 Women's Volleyball Game

Monday August 25, 2014

The National Champions Women's Novice 4+ from Illinois will be honored at the Sept. 26th Women's Volleyball match against Maryland. The Women's 4+ who won ACRA Gold recorded their victory two weeks after the end of the semester. The ceremony will recognize the outstanding achievement of the largely walk-on novice squad who managed to topple the best rowing clubs in the country last May.

All team members, fans, alumni, friends, and family are encouraged to come. The Volleyball game will begin at 7:00pm in Huff Hall!

Open Tryouts Start Aug 27

Thursday August 21, 2014

Men's and Women's Tryouts Start Aug. 27th at 6:30am in ARC Gym 1

All rowing tryouts will begin the morning of the first Wednesday of class in the ARC Gym 1. New trialists will be accepted through September 2nd. Tryouts will go till September 12th before starting to 2014-2015 season.

Join the Crew: Row for Illinois

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.

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.

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.

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 Womenís 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 todayís 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.

Team Recognizes Exceptional Performances at Annual Banquet

Tuesday May 20, 2014

The coaching staff recognized several exceptional athletes from the team at its annual awards banquet. Several alumni, parents, and donors were on hand for the awards ceremony.

  • Amy Cade Award - Female Athlete of the Year: Melissa Schick
  • Male Athlete of the Year: Andrew Holm
  • Golden Skeg - Coxswain of the Year: Samantha Sanders
  • Novice Athlete of the Year: Niels Geersten
  • Dan Walsh Trophy - For Contributions to the Team off the Water: Meridith Kisting
  • Career Awards for Graduating Seniors: Christopher Marr & Sandra Peters

The team also recognized the graduating senior class with commemorative oars. The graduating class consisted of: Christopher Marr, Alexander Lakocy, Erika Ball, Tessa Copple, Marissa Josupait, Claire Slayton, Sandra Peters.

ACRA Training Continues for Illini Squad

Monday May 12, 2014

With under two weeks to the ACRA National Championships, the Illini Men's and Women's Rowing Clubs continue to train for the biggest race of the season. While the lineups have not been officially set, the University of Illinois has submitted its entries - the Illini will be entering the Men's and Women's Varsity 8+, the Men's Varsity 4+, the Novice Men's 8+, and Novice Women's 4+. This is the largest squad Illinois has ever sent to the ACRA Championship and by far one of the fastest.

Best of luck to the Illini over their last 12 days of training!

Big Step Forward for Adaptive Rowing at U of I

Friday April 25, 2014

This past weekend, the University of Illinois Men's and Women's Rowing Clubs hosted athletes from the U of I campus interested in trying Adaptive Rowing. These athletes were able to get on the water with the Varsity rowers to try the sport out for themselves. This is the first big step in the programs newest initiative to promote Intercollegiate Adaptive Rowing at the National Level. More information about the Learn-to-Row session can be found here.

ICRI Race Results on RegattaCentral

Sunday April 20, 2014

The Full ICRI Race results, including points standings is up on RegattaCentral. Thank you to all competitors and congratulations to our medal winners.

U of I are State Champions, U Chicago reclaims Women's Points Trophy

Saturday April 19, 2014

Over the weekend, U of I hosted schools from across the state and Midwest in the 2nd Annual Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational. The event featured men's and women's racing in 11 categories. Crews finishing in top spots in each event would score points which contributed to the races for the Men's Points Trophy, Women's Points Trophy, and Illinois State Championship.

The 4+'s racing saw a large variety of crews atop the podium. Northwestern managed to claim two golds and two bronzes in four races. Kansas claimed a gold and a bronze in the Men's Varsity 4+, as well as two silvers in other 4+'s events. Illinois did reach the podium in all of the 4+'s races, including two gold medal performances from the Novice Men's 4+ and the Novice Women's 4+. The also won 1 silver, and two bronzes in other 4+ events. U Chicago also made the podium with a silver in each of the Women's Varsity 4+ and the Women's Novice 4+.

The 8+'s events we dominated by U of I. The Fighting Illini claimed gold in the Novice Men's 8+, both Junior Varsity 8+'s, and both Varsity 8+. U Chicago did pick up the win in the Women's Novice 8+ in a two boat race with Northwestern. U Chicago also picked up 3 silvers in the 8+'s, coming second to Illinois in the Women's JV8+, Men's JV8+, and the Women's Varsity 8+. In the Men's Novice 8+, Northwestern claimed a silver while DePaul outpaced Chicago to claim bronze. Northwestern took two bronzes in other 8+'s events. KU wrapped up their first visit at the ICRI with a powerful second place finish in the Men's Varsity 8+.

At the end of the day, the points were tallied. Illinois topped the Men's Points Standings. Kansas claimed second, 3 points ahead of Northwestern. For Women's Points Standings, U Chicago outmatched Illinois on the strength of a full set of entries and solid performances including a gold in the Novice Women's 8+. Illinois again fell shy of matching Chicago despite this year claiming the Varsity 8+ race. Northwestern finished 3rd in Women's points. The scores for Men's and Women's Points were then tallied to determine the Illinois State Champions. For the second year, U of I sat atop the standings with 148 points. U Chicago pulled ahead of Northwestern this year in points, netting 114 to Northwestern's 102. DePaul rounded out the standings with 28 points from their Men's Team.

Thank you to our sponsors National Metal Works and Foster Swift. Next Year's ICRI prep is already underway - the next year's race will be April 18th, 2015.

ICRI Venue Moved to Parnell Exhibition Area of Clinton Lake

Friday April 18, 2014

The venue has been moved to the Parnell Exhibition area of Clinton Lake. The venue is about 3 miles from the original venue - an updated map with directions can be found here. Directions can be found via Google Maps to the race venue. There will be remote parking if the main regatta area overflows. Parking will be reserved for trailers, coaches, and adaptive learn-to-row athletes.

Men's and Women's Exec Boards Approve Measure to Support Adaptive and Veteran Athletes

Tuesday April 15, 2014

Last Thursday, the Executive Board of the Men's and Women's Rowing Clubs voted to approve a measure to create a reduced dues structure for Adaptive and Veteran athletes. This measure is meant to support Veteran athletes on campus by making competitive Club Varsity sports more accessible. It is also meant to help foster the Adaptive Rowing Club which will be starting next year as a competitive intercollegiate club varsity sport.

Illinois Races in Triple-Double Duel in Michigan

Monday April 14, 2014

The Fighting Illini continued their season at the Don Lubbers Cup in Spring Lake, MI. Each crew raced three races, once each Saturday Morning, Saturday Afternoon, and Sunday Morning. The Women's Novice 4+ had a lot of success against a field of primarily Varsity and Lightweight 4+'s. They pulled out an open water victory in their Saturday Afternoon race. The Men's Novice 8+ had a very competitive day, beating Purdue and Michigan's 2F's, even leading over Michigan State's 1F at the 1000m during their Saturday Morning race. The crew struggled to finish of MSU though and three late race crabs in the chop saw MSU capitalize and pull ahead finishing up one seat.

Full results are posted on Row2k: Day 1 & Day 2.

The Black Sheep Focuses on U of I Rowing

Thursday April 10, 2014

The U of I Rowing Clubs have gotten a lot of attention from local media and University newspapers in recent months. Most recently The Black Sheep has run an article on the rowing team. The Black Sheep is a college web magazine that focuses on entertaining articles and satire. While the team takes a very serious stance on hazing, die hard rowers can appreciate the humor in the article.

Executive Board Elected

Thursday April 10, 2014

The Men's and Women's Rowing Clubs have elected their new Executive Board Officers. Congratulations to the new officers.

Women's Club
Women's President - Meridith Kisting
Women's Vice President - Kat Rains
Women's Treasurer - Dana Brecklin
Women's Secretary - Cara Mitchell
Women's Captain - Melissa Schick

Men's Club
Men's President - Lucas Gonzalez
Men's Vice President - Mike Varga
Men's Treasurer - Josh Cohn
Men's Secretary - Mike Lyons
Men's Captain - Billy Hrabak

No Final for Women's 8+ at Crew Classic

Monday April 7, 2014

The Women's V8+ had a great race, finishing half a seat down on UC San Diego in their heat. Unfortunately, they forgot to bring aboard the coxswain's 1.7lbs ballast weight during the race and were excluded from the final as a result. The ruling came as a blow to the crew that traveled all the way out to race - a hard lesson learned for the crew. The team did however put down a good race in their heat. The Illini were overstroked for the majority of the race, but managed to keep pace with the field. They mounted a late race charge in which they closed half a boat length on UCSD, finishing less than 0.2sec down on them. The 6th place finish in their heat was well earned, racing among the fastest Club Varsity crews in the nation. The Women's Crew will race alongside the Men's Crew next weekend at the Don Lubbers Cup in Spring Lake, MI.

Illinois Rowing Goes Coast-to-Coast

Monday March 31, 2014

This weekend, the University of Illinois Men's and Women's Rowing Clubs will part ways to head to different coast for racing. The Women's 1V8+ will head to San Diego for the Crew Classic, a two-day race bringing together top crews from across the country and around the world. The Men's 1V8+ and 1F8+ will travel to New Jersey to race Rutgers and Delaware on the Raritan River in a 2000m duel. This will be the first meeting between Illinois and these two East Coast schools.

The two clubs will rejoin the following weekend for the Don Lubbers Cup in Michigan.

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

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.

Women's 4+ places 15th, Secures Spot in 50th HOCR

Monday October 21, 2013

The Varsity Women's 4+ from Illinois raced in the 49th Head of the Charles on Saturday October 19th in Boston MA. The 3 mile course winds between Boston and Cambridge. The race is head race style, with crews starting 15 seconds apart, and the winning crew being determined by fastest time. The U of I crew started with Bow 19 (19th position) after having placed 19th in last year's competition and earning a guaranteed entry for this year. Due to an expansion of the number of events in this year's regatta, fewer at large entries were allowed for the Collegiate Women's 4+. As a result, the crew from Illinois needed to move up and finish in the top 16 in order to retain their guaranteed entry for next year's race.

The Women's 4+ was passed by Bow 20 by the BU Bridge in the opening strokes of the race - that crew went on to earn the fastest time and win the event. Undeterred, the crew from Illinois quickly moved up, closing on Vassar (Bow 18, directly ahead of Illinois) by Riverside Bridge. By Anderson Brdige, they had passed Vassar and began to move through Simmons (Bow 17). Approaching the final stretch of the race, Illinois overtook Marquette (Bow 15) while also holding off a charge from the crew from McGill University (Canada) who started in 24th position and finished 2nd overall.

Illinois finished with a time of 19:29.399 to earn 15th. Their time was a mere 0.005 seconds ahead of Clemson (Bow 3) who finished 16th in the final qualifying spot, and 1.143 seconds behind University of Chicago (Bow 11) who finished in 14th. The finish is good enough to earn a guaranteed entry into the 50th installment of the Head of the Charles next year.

Women's Rowing Featured in Daily Illini

Thursday October 17, 2013

The Women's Varsity 4+ heading to the Charles was featured on the cover of the Daily Illini in an article written by Club Sports Writer Charlotte Carroll. An oline version of the article can be found here.

Illinois to Attend 76th Dad Vail Regatta in May 2014

Wednesday October 16, 2013

The University of Illinois Men's and Women's Rowing Clubs will both be attending the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, PA this coming May. The regatta is host to many top DII, DIII, and Club Varsity programs and will be the final stop en route to ACRA Nationals.

More news to come on this race in Spring.

4 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze to Start Season

Sunday October 13, 2013

On October 12th, 2013, the Illinois Menís and Womenís Rowing Clubs competed in the Trinity Quad Cities Classic in Moline, IL. The regatta was host to 20 clubs and university teams, including Club Varsity rivals Wheaton University, University of Nebraska, and University of Iowa. The events were predominantly head race format (staggered starts with 15 second intervals between crews, and all crews racing against the clock) over a roughly 4500m course along the Mississippi River. This is the first race of the Fall Season for the University of Illinois Menís and Womenís Rowing Clubs.

Out of 9 entries, Illinois won 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze while placing 4th in the remaining two events. Illinois nearly swept the eight-person races taking Gold in the Novice Menís 8+, Novice Womenís 8+, and Varsity Menís 8+. The Varsity Womenís 8+ finished 2nd in their event to claim Silver. The 2nd Novice Menís 8+ finished just off the podium in 4th place, 3 places behind the 1st Novice Menís 8+ from Illinois. In the four-person races, the Junior Varsity Menís 4+ finished 3rd in the Menís 4+ to claim Illinoisí only Bronze medal of the day while the Junior Varsity Womenís 4+ finished in 4th in the Womenís 4+. The day also included two sprint races (crews starting simultaneously side-by-side, racing over a straight course with gold going to the first crew across the line). The Varsity Womenís 4+ won Gold by a wide margin. The Junior Varsity Menís 4+ won Silver in their sprint race to claim their second medal of the day.

Of special note, the Novice Menís 8+ finished over a full minute (1:05.44) ahead of the second place crew in their event, with a finishing time of 16:10.42. The Novice Womenís 8+ crew also finished by an impressive margin of 43.19 seconds over second place North Park despite a 10 second buoy violation penalty.

All Illinois Rowers will be racing at the Baird Head of the Rock on Sunday October 13th where they will face D1 rivals Wisconsin and Minnesota on the Womenís side, while the Menís Rowing Club will face off against perennial Club Varsity National Champions University of Michigan.

For full results, see Regatta Central.

Novice Men Win Bronze, Novice Women Remain Undefeated Against Club Varsity Crews

Sunday October 13, 2013

The Illinois Menís and Womenís Rowing Clubs competed in the 29th Annual Head of the Rock. The regatta was host to over 50 clubs and university teams, including National Club Varsity Menís Champions University of Michigan, and D1 womenís crews from University of Wisconsin and University of Minnesota. The events were head race format (staggered starts with 15 second intervals between crews, and all crews racing against the clock) over a roughly 5000m course.

The Novice Menís 8+ won Bronze behind University of Minnesota and University of Michigan. This was their second medal of the weekend after winning Gold in the same event at the Quad Cities Classic the day prior. While the Novice Womenís 8+ lost to the D1 Wisconsin boats, they finished 1:14.62 ahead of the next fastest Club Varsity team and a mere 16.50 seconds behind the 3rd place Wisconsin crew. This starts the Novice Womenís 8+ off undefeated against Club Varsity squads.

The Varsity Menís 8+ finished 8th in a particularly deep field of Club Varsity crews led by University of Michigan. The Varsity Men finished with a time of 14:54.75 (a record for Illinois at the Head of the Rock) with only 32.56 seconds separating them from 2nd place Purdue. The Varsity Womenís 8+ finished behind D1 crews Wisconsin and Minnesota, and Club Varsity National Bronze Medalists Purdue. Illinois finished ahead of six other Club Varsity crews.

Over the Double Header Weekend, Illinois took home a record 4 Gold, 2 Silver, and 2 Bronze. The Varsity Womenís 4+ will next race in the 49th Head of the Charles on October 19th in Boston. The entire team will race again on October 26th in the First Annual Chicago Boat Race against Northwestern University in Chicago.

Help the Fighting Illini Fight Cancer with Recovery on Water

Monday October 7, 2013

The Fighting Illini are fundraising to support Recovery on Water - a rowing team that gives survivors of breast cancer the unique opportunity to interact, become active in their recovery and gain support from fellow survivors. The fundraiser is also a competition against Northwestern University against whom we will be rowing on October 26th in the first Chicago Boat Race!. Trophies will be awarded to the fastest Men's Crew and Women's Crew, as well as to the school that raises the most money. The University of Illinois rowers are doing their part on the water to win those races, so help them off the water by supporting their fundraising campaigns. Go to the Team Fundraising Pages to help the U of I rowers win, and more importantly support ROW and the amazing work they do.

Double Header this Weekend

Monday October 7, 2013

The Fighting Illini will kick off their Fall season with the Double Header Weekend. The rowers from the University of Illinois will kick off their season with the Quad Cities Classic in Moline, IL on Saturday October 12th, followed by the Head of the Rock in Rockford, IL on Sunday October 13th.

Last year, the Illini took gold in the Novice Men's 8+ for the second year in a row, this time winning by a wide margin. The Varsity Men's 8+ and Novice Women's 8+ both claimed silver, the Varsity Men a mere 3 seconds down on rival Wash U. The Varsity Women's 4+ and Novice Women's 4+ finished just off the podium in 4th place. Illinois, now fielding a full five 8+'s (Varsity Women, Novice Women, Varsity Men, Novice Men, 2nd Novice Men) will look to sweep the big boat races, as well as gain the podium with the 2nd Varsity Men's 4+ and 2nd Varsity Women's 4+.

After Quad Cities, the team will travel to Rockford for a well earned night of sleep before racing at the Head of the Rock on Sunday. While the Head of the Rock was cancelled due to high winds after the morning races last year, the Illini will look to gain the podium again after being absent in the last two. This race will bring together the best Club Varsity and D1 Varsity teams in the Midwest. The Novice Men's 8+ from 2011 - stroked by current Men's Varsity 8+ stroke - gained the podium by winning silver. We will see if the Fighting Illini can take down a field of some of the best crews in the country to do it again.

Not Getting Tryout Updates?

Sunday August 25, 2013

If you are not getting tryout updates, we may not have gotten your email properly. Sign-up for tryouts on the recruiting page to guarantee your spot at tryouts.

Tryouts Moved to ARC

Saturday August 24, 2013

Tryouts have been moved to the ARC to accommodate the larger turnout for tryouts. The sessions will be in Gym 2, which is the gym on the left past the check-in kiosk.

If you have yet to sign-up, go to the recruiting page and sign up to guarantee a spot at tryouts.

Sign-Up Tryouts & Quad Day Booths

Thursday August 22, 2013

Sign-up for tryouts are live. By signing up on the recruiting page, you guarantee a spot at tryouts and will not get waitlisted. Spots are limited and already filling up.

Come stop by our Booth on Quad Day. The Men's Team will be at Booth 140 & the Women's Team at Booth 163. Both booths are near Lincoln Hall on the Main Quad.

Welcome Incoming Freshman!

Tuesday July 16, 2013

Tryouts - First Two Weeks of School

Many of you are arriving on campus for the first time for tours throughout the Summer and seeing the amazing things this campus has to offer. What many of you probably aren't imagining in the years to come is donning the Orange and Blue to race in Intercollegiate - and International - Competition with the University of Illinois Men's and Women's Rowing Clubs.

The University of Illinois Men's and Women's Rowing Clubs are holding tryouts for their Novice Squads the first two weeks of school. Athletes who make the team will compete for Illinois all year, and move on to the Varsity Squad in years to come. Prior Rowing Experience is NOT Required. We are looking for capable athletes to teach and mold into the finest crews in the country.

Visit the recruiting page for more information. See you at tryouts!

Danielle Saubert Named to 1st All-American for Second Year in a Row

Tuesday June 4, 2013

Graduating Senior Danielle Saubert capped her college rowing career with receiving First Team All-American honors for the second year in a row. Danielle, who earlier this season set the record in the Varsity Women's event at the Chicago Indoor and finished 5th in the Varsity Women's 4+ at ACRA's this season, joins 8 other Women from 7 other Universities in receiving First Team honors.

Official Release

Illini Finish 2013 Season with 15th Overall Finish

Monday June 3, 2013

The Fighting Illini managed to take 15th Overall in American Collegiate Rowing Association Championship on May 26th in Gainesville, Georgia - their highest finish in team history, up from 33rd in 2012. The team was lead by the Women's programs (8th Overall Women's) two 5th place finishes in the Novice Women's 8+ and Varsity Women's 4+. The Men's Team (T-23rd Overall Men's) also scored points in both of their entries, with a 4th place finish in the Petite Finals of the Novice Men's 8+ (12th Overall for the event), and 1st in the C-Finals of the Varsity Men's 8+ (17th Overall for the event).

The Fighting Illini will again look to improve their standing with hopes of racing in the Varsity 8+'s, Junior Varsity 8+'s, and Novice 8+'s at ACRAs next year. Stay tuned for more updates over the Summer on the 2013-2014 season.

ACRA Race Report: Day 2 - Finals

Sunday May 26, 2013

The Fighting Illini started the day well with the Varsity Men's 8+ C-Finals. The Fighting Illini stormed off the line, holding even with the pack to the 1000m mark. At the half-way point, the Illini pulled away from the pack and did not look back. They won their race with a couple seats of open water on the rest of the boats clustered behind them. This finish put Illinois firmly in 17th place Nationally, and with the 12th fastest time of the day.

The Novice Women's 8+ stuck with the pack fighting for third as Grand Valley and UCSB pulled away from the pack. In the final 500m, the group stretched out and Illinois managed a 5th finish Nationally - the highest finish in University history for an 8+ at ACRA.

The Novice Men's 8+ raced in the Petite Finals after failing to advance to the Grand Finals in the repechage the day prior. The Novice Men held off a late sprint from Vanderbilt, while falling to Michigan State, North Carolina, and Minnesota. The Novice finished 4th in the 8 boat race to claim 12th overall in the ACRA Championship.

The Varsity Women's 4+ aimed to redeem themselves from their failure to advance from the heats the day prior. The Varsity Women jumped to an early lead, but a strong Vermont crew pulled away from the pack early on. The Varsity Women rowed strong and high, while putting distance on the trailing crews. However, tired from the two races the day prior, they could not hold onto the 4 boats ahead of them vying for medals. The Varsity Women rowed a very strong race to claim 5th Nationally - the highest finish the University has ever claimed in a Varsity event.

In all, the Fighting Illini posted two 5th finishes in the Women's Novice 8+ and Varsity 4+. The Men's crews posted a 12th place finish in the Novice 8+ and 17th in the marquee Varsity 8+ event. The Men's Varsity 8+ performance garnered the recognition of many club coaches as well as the race announcer who noted the remarkably clean and quick rowing of such a young program. All athletes left satisfied with their strong performances (and justifiably so) but also left with an eye towards ACRA 2014, a short 12 months away.

ACRA Race Report: Day 1

Saturday May 25, 2013

Four Fighting Illini Crews are racing in the ACRA National Championship. The first day of racing has concluded, with two crews advancing to Grand Finals tomorrow.

Illini racing started with the Novice Men's 8+ heat. The Novice Men raced in a tough heat and failed to get a foothold in the race. They fell to 7th place in the heat (top-3 advance directly to Finals), and were relegated to the repechage. In the 5-boat repechage, Novice Men needed to place first to advance to the Finals. The Illini struggled to find their tempo again and finished 4th, advancing to the B Finals on Sunday morning.

The Varsity Women's 4+ also drew a tough heat. After a quick start that put them into the lead, they fell back after a challenge from an adjacent crew. They slipped to 4th as the fought to regain composure, before collecting themselves for a final sprint. They managed to close the two-boat distance to 3rd, but were unable to complete the comeback, finishing 4th. As a result, they advanced to the repechage. In the repechage, they again jumped to an early lead but this time took control of the race. They open the lead to two-boats open water by the 1000m mark, and continued to walk away from the pack. The Varsity Women's 4+ finished well ahead of the pack, rowing a very comfortable 31 spm across the line. The Varsity Women's win earned them a spot in the Grand Finals Sunday afternoon.

The Novice Women's 8+ raced for lanes in tomorrow's Grand Finals. The Novice Women were tied with Murray State for third until the 500m to go mark when they managed to pull away and open up a lead to take 3rd in their heat. The Novice Women finished with the 4th fastest time in their event, priming them for tomorrow's Grand Final.

The Varsity Men's 8+ had a rocky heat early in the day, but managed to finish 5th in their heat behind Cincinnati (3 to advance direct to semi-finals). In the afternoon, they raced a repechage, needing to finish top-2 in the race to advance to the semi-finals. In their repechage, Minnesota jumped to an early lead, while Illinois and Pittsburgh moved away from the rest of the field. Illinois and Pitt were even at the 1000m, when Pitt pulled to a slight lead. Illinois began to close the lead around the 1600m mark, but Pitt countered with their own move. Despite having a great race, the Illini finished 3rd narrowly missing the Finals. Southern California and Cincinnati advanced to the Semi-Finals in the other repechage with slower times than Illinois, but well up on their competition. The Varsity 8+ will row in the C Finals tomorrow morning hoping to secure a National Top-20 finish.

The Varsity Men's 8+ will row first tomorrow at 9:03am. The Novice Women's 8+ Grand Final will race at 9:45am, followed later by the Novice Men's 8+ B Final at 11:38am. The Varsity Women's 4+ Grand Final will cap the day for the Illini at 12:15pm.

Results for ICRI 2013 are Posted

Saturday April 20, 2013

The results for the 1st Annual Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitation have been posted on the regatta page.

Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational Entries are Set

Tuesday April 16, 2013

The entries for the 1st Annual Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational are closed, and the lane assignments are being drawn up. The event has swelled to include all Illinois state university rowing clubs, including:

  • DePaul University
  • Northwestern University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois
  • Wheaton College

The event has also attracted out-of-state competitors:

  • Iowa State University
  • Marquette University
  • St. Louis University
  • University of Missouri

The lane assignments will be posted soon. Please look to the ICRI website for more information.

Illinois Finish Down on National Leaders in 18th Don Lubbers Cup

Sunday April 14, 2013

The Illini traveled to Spring Lake, MI to race the #2 ranked University of Michigan Men's Club and #2/#3 ranked Grand Valley State Women's and Men's Clubs. The Illini took third in the Varsity and Novice Women's 8+, with a notable win over DI school Eastern Michigan. The Men's team struggled against the extremely deep field, but managed to finish 4th in the Men's Novice, Men's Junior Varsity, and Men's Varsity 8+'s. The Men's Novice managed to upset Michigan State, while Michigan State shocked both Illinois and University of Michigan when they claimed second behind Grand Valley in the Varsity 8+.

Illinois Finish Down on National Leaders in 18th Don Lubbers Cup

Sunday April 14, 2013

The Illini traveled to Spring Lake, MI to race the #2 ranked University of Michigan Men's Club and #2/#3 ranked Grand Valley State Women's and Men's Clubs. The Illini took third in the Varsity and Novice Women's 8+, with a notable win over DI school Eastern Michigan. The Men's team struggled against the extremely deep field, but managed to finish 4th in the Men's Novice, Men's Junior Varsity, and Men's Varsity 8+'s. The Men's Novice managed to upset Michigan State, while Michigan State shocked both Illinois and University of Michigan when they claimed second behind Grand Valley in the Varsity 8+.

Illinois Finish Down on National Leaders in 18th Don Lubbers Cup

Sunday April 14, 2013

The Illini traveled to Spring Lake, MI to race the #2 ranked University of Michigan Men's Club and #2/#3 ranked Grand Valley State Women's and Men's Clubs. The Illini took third in the Varsity and Novice Women's 8+, with a notable win over DI school Eastern Michigan. The Men's team struggled against the extremely deep field, but managed to finish 4th in the Men's Novice, Men's Junior Varsity, and Men's Varsity 8+'s. The Men's Novice managed to upset Michigan State, while Michigan State shocked both Illinois and University of Michigan when they claimed second behind Grand Valley in the Varsity 8+.

Men Sweep, Women Win Two at North Shore Channel Scrimmage

Sunday April 7, 2013

The Fighting Illini raced Northwestern, Chicago, and North Park in Skokie, IL this weekend. The Men swept the competition in the MV8+, MJV8+, MN*+, and MV4+. The Women's Club won the WN8+ and WV4+ but fell to Chicago in the WV8+ final, while the WN4+ lost to Chicago in their heat and finishing third in their event. In all, Illinois won 6 of the 8 races entered.

For full results, check out the regatta page.

North Shore Channel Challenge 2013

Thursday April 4, 2013

The University of Illinois rowing team will be racing in Chicago this weekend instead of scrimmaging at Clinton Lake. The Fighting Illini will be racing against Northwestern, University of Chicago, and North Park at the Dammrich Rowing Center in Skokie, IL. All boats will be racing this weekend, including the marquee events of the Varsity Women's 8+ and Varsity Men's 8+. Racing starts at 8am, and concludes at 3pm. A full schedule will be posted soon on the website.

Spring Break 2013 John Hunter Regatta, Gainesville GA March 23, 2013

Wednesday March 27, 2013

The University of Illinois Men’s and Women’s Rowing Clubs began their 2013 Spring Racing Season with a 5 day training camp in Tennessee, and finished off the week by competing in the John Hunter Regatta in Gainesville, Georgia.††††††††††††††

22 members of the Women’s Rowing Team and 27 members of the Men’s Rowing team traveled to Oak Ridge, Tennessee during this year’s spring break to kick off training for the 2013 Spring Season.  The team spent five full days sharing the former United States National Rowing team training facilities at Oak Ridge, Tennessee with many other nationally-ranked schools such as the University of Kansas, Dartmouth University, and West Point Military Academy.  The warmer Tennessee climate allowed the athletes spent 4-6 hours on the water each day, making for a fantastic week of training.  

On Friday, the teams traveled to the 1996 Olympic rowing venue at Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia to compete in the 2013 John Hunter Regatta. Both teams put up a strong showing against highly ranked schools such as Duke University, Vanderbilt University, Georgia Tech, Florida State, and Trinity College.  

The Women’s Team fielded boats in 4 events at the John Hunter Regatta. The Varsity Women’s 4+ advanced to the Grand Finals and finished 4th in a field of 21 entries.  The Women’s Varsity 8+, and the Novice 4+ and 8+ boats each finished in the top 50% of the very competitive field.  

The Men’s Rowing Team fielded boats in 3 events at Saturday’s regatta.  The Varsity Men’s 8+ advanced to the Grand finals earned a 5th place finish in a field of 20 boats.  The Men’s Novice 8+ finished 2nd in their heat, and posted the 4th fastest time out of the 18 boats in their event.  The Men’s Junior Varsity 8+ also posted a 4th place finish.

The University of Illinois rowers are now back in Champaign and continuing to train for their Spring Season as they prepare to travel to Michigan for the Don Lubbers Cup Regatta on April 13.

Women Win Chicago Indoor Rowing Championships

Sunday February 24, 2013

The Womenís team was led by Illiniís All-American Danielle Saubert, who set a new event record in the Collegiate Womenís Varsity event en route to winning her second gold in as many years. Her time of 7:03.6 breaks the previous record by 7 seconds. In the Collegiate Womenís Lightweight Novice category, freshman Jessica Ayers and Karen Chiu took silver and bronze respectively. The day was capped by the relay race, in which the team of Danielle Saubert, Meridith Kisting, Tessa Copple, Melissa Schick, and Marissa Josupait won gold Ė the first Illini Squad to do so. Among the 20 woman squad, the Illini managed 9 Top-10 finishes across three events. In so doing, they also captured the Womenís Team Championship.

The Menís team captured gold in the Collegiate Menís Lightweight Varsity event when Kevin Szubrych set the new team Lightweight record with a time of 6:39.0. Alumni Tom King, holder of the previous lightweight record, was in the crowd to witness the win. The Menís Varsity Relay squad took third in the relay challenge behind Purdue and Michigan State, and ahead of the Novice Menís Relay team from Illinois who finished 4th out of 17 teams. The 24 man team also managed 9 Top-10 finishes in the competition. The Menís Team finished 3rd in the Team Championship.

For full results, check the regatta page.

Championship Sponsor for ICRI: DLA Piper

Sunday February 17, 2013

We are proud to announce DLA Piper as our new Championship Presenting Sponsor for the Men's Points Trophy at the Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational. Their sponsorship and patronage of this event will help us promote the sport of rowing in the Midwest through the 2013 ICRI regatta. We sincerely thank them for their contribution, and look forward to their presentation of the 2013 Illinois Collegiate Rowing Invitational Men's Points Trophy on April 20th.

Teammates Battle Each Other in 2013 Illini Indoor

Sunday February 10, 2013

The members of the Fighting Illini Rowing Club continued the tradition of the Illini Indoor - a 2000m race to show who reigns supreme on the Illini Squad. Beyond bragging rights, the event provides many athletes with the opportunity to valuable race experience while also providing the team with some perspective on how it is doing going into the Spring season.

There are seven events - Varsity Men, Novice Men, Lightweight Men, Varsity Women, Novice Women, Lightweight Women, and the marquee event - the Coxswain 1k Race. Winners from each category are awarded hammers to commemorate their victory. The winners are listed below, but for a full race recap, visit the regatta page.

Varsity Men
Nick Van Antwerp
Novice Men
Jack Fuller
Lightweight Men
Ronald Tyson III
Varsity Women
Danielle Saubert
Novice Women
Tessa Copple
Lightweight Women
Karen Chiu
Men's Coxswain
Ryo Tanitsu
Women's Coxswain
Christine Oksas

10 New Additions to the Roster

Wednesday February 6, 2013

The team is proud to announce the addition of 10 new athletes to the team roster for the Spring season. These athletes were selected during a very competitive Spring tryout. They now join the medal-winning Novice Squad from the Fall, will row their first competition with the team this Friday in the Illini Indoor. The next set of open tryouts will be held again in the Fall of 2013.

Women's Team

Carolyn CozzaAna SchcolnikMelissa Schick

Men's Team

Nik GannettKevin McGingPaul RouseNathan Tucker


Marissa DentChristine OksasRyo Tanitsu

Illini Sweep Gold at St. Louis Indoor

Sunday February 3, 2013

The Fighting Illini took home 4 Gold Medals at the St. Louis Indoor Rowing Championships at Washington University in St. Louis on February 2nd, 2013. For this competition, Illinois sent 12 of its top athletes to compete. Senior Danielle Saubert improved on her record breaking time from last year in the Women's Collegiate Varsity race by 15.2 seconds to set a new record of 7:07.1 for the 2000m race. Sophomore Tessa Copple continued the winning streak by winning the Women's Collegiate Novice race with a time of 7:59.9 marking the first time an Illini athlete has won gold in that event.

On the men's side, Nick Van Antwerp beat out teammate Ben Wilson by 0.1 seconds to claim first place in the Men's Collegiate Varsity race. The Men's Collegiate Novice race was no less exciting with Jack Fuller claiming first place to complete the sweep; a mere two seconds ahead of teammate Andrew Holm who claimed third in the event.

The Illini Lightweights managed to score personal records on route to podium finishes. Freshman Olivia Altmayer clocked in a time of 8:14.9 to finish third in the Women's Collegiate Lightweight race despite being a novice rower. Sophomore Ronald Tyson rowed a 6:58.8 to secure second place in the Men's Collegiate Lightweight race.

For a full set of results, please visit the regatta page.

Illini Indoor moved to Friday February 8th

Sunday February 3, 2013

The Illini Indoor has been moved to Friday February 8th at 5pm in the Mini-MAC at the ARC. The event is an exhibition event for the team, and an opportunity for athletes to practice racing before heading to Chicago for the Chicago Indoor Rowing Championships on February 23rd.

Indoor Racing Season Starts with Good Showing in Indianapolis

Sunday January 27, 2013

Four athletes from Illinois traveled to Indianapolis for the 2013 Indianapolis Indoor Rowing Championship. The day started well with Senior Danielle Saubert finishing 4th in the Women's Open event, finishing behind former US National Team rower Jen Kaido, current Junior National Team rower Amanda Elmore of Purdue University, and the top rower from IU who was rowing as an independent. While Dani's time of 7:05.0 was 5 seconds off her personal record, it was good enough to beat out the rest of the 29 athlete field, including 14 D1 athletes rowing as independents. Nick Van Antwerp and Ben Wilson both beat the previous Illinois Men's record (which was held by Nick) to claim 4th and 5th respectively behind three rowers from Purdue who were able to perform a clean sweep of the Varsity Men's race. Novice rower Erika Ball finished 8th behind 6 D1 rowers rowing as independents and the top Novice Woman from Purdue. Erika's time of 8:01.0 is a season record.

The day concluded with an exciting relay race. The 2000m relay race requires 4 athletes (2 men, 2 women) to switch off every 500m. Athletes must transfer quickly as transition times are included in the total time. Novice Erika Ball lead off the race, while many teams - rival Purdue included - opted to lead with a Varsity Men's Athlete. After the first transition, Purdue lead by 108m. Senior Danielle Saubert was able to make up ground on Purdue rower Amanda Elmore whom she raced in the Open Women's category. Varsity Rower Benjamin Wilson took over for the third leg of the relay, and was able to make up an impressive 75m to pull Illinois to within 12 meters by the final transition. Nick Van Antwerp was able to pull to within 9m of Purdue's Michael Frick; Frick's lead however managed the fastest 500m leg of the day to pull back out to a 14m lead and a 3 second victory for Purdue over Illinois. Both Illinois and Purdue broke the previous event record (previously 6:05 held by Purdue) - Purdue's new record stands at 6:01. Illinois finished well ahead of the rest of the 14 team field.

For full results, you can find them at

Fighting Illini Race in 48th Head of the Charles

Tuesday October 23, 2012

This past weekend, the Illini Rowing Club rowed in the prestigious Head of the Charles regatta. The nearly 3 mile long race is held on the Charles River in Boston, MA every year and brings together over 2000 crews from around the world. This year was the first time a crew from the University of Illinois has competed in the race. The Varsity Women's 4+ from the Illini Rowing Club gained an at-large entry this year after winning the Novice Women's 4+ at the American Collegiate Rowing Championships in May of this year. The women's crew race in the Collegiate Women's 4+ (4 rowers plus coxswain) event, which brought together 38 crews from across the country.

The race was Head Race style in which competitors start staggered 15 seconds apart and race the clock with penalties being assessed for cutting buoys on the course and impeding other crews. The Illini crew started in the 28th position at the start of their race, and wasted little time moving up the field. The crew was able to row-over (pass someone who started ahead of them) three crews (Connecticut College, UMass, and New York University) while also opening up a lead on University of Vermont and University of Texas who started immediately behind them. The 4+ from Illinois was able to prevent all boats from passing en route to a 19th place finish out of 38 crews - they finished in a time of 20:28.628 (6.46% off of 1st - 19:14.111 Bowdoin College). The Illini came in behind Midwest rivals University of Chicago (10th place) and Marquette University (15th place), while also falling short of BigTen club rival Penn State (14th place); However, by finishing in the top half of the event (albeit it narrowly), they guaranteed their entry into next year's race.

The crew was led by Coxswain Samantha Sanders (So) and Stroke-seat Meridith Kisting (So). Also in the crew were 3-seat Danielle Saubert (Sr), 2-seat Julia Briscoe (Sr), and Bow-seat Sandra Peters (Sr).

Also racing this weekend were Illini Coaches Erik Kroeker and Samantha Polak in the Mixed Double Director's Challenge. The double took 16th place overall in the charity event, competing as against predominantly masters crews.

Crews Ready for the Charles

Friday October 19, 2012

The Varsity Women's 4+ will become the first Illini crew to race the prestigious Head of the Charles in Boston, MA. The nearly 3 mile race brings together crews from around the world. The massive two-day regatta brings is host to over 2000 crews from over 50 countries.

The Varsity Women's 4+, who won ACRA Gold as the Novice Women's 4+ last May, will become the first crew from the University of Illinois to row in the regatta. Selection for the regatta is difficult, with new crews needing to be selected through an entry lottery. A good showing guarantees an invitation in subsequent years, however competition is fierce.

An hour later, Illini coaches Erik Kroeker and Samantha Polak will row in the Director's Challenge Mixed Double - a charity event for the regatta. Samantha, an Alumni of MIT, will be bringing a homefield advantage to the boat while they race mixed male/female crews from around the country and world.

Results for the regatta will be posted up on the Head of the Charles website ( as well as coverage on A full breakdown of the Illini performance this weekend will be up on this site after the race Saturday.

Illini Battle Weather and Crews in Rockford

Monday October 15, 2012

The Fighting Illini continued their Double Header Fall Weekend in Rockford, IL on Sunday at the Head of the Rock Regatta. The weekend weather, consisting of heavy rains and storms, did not let up for Sunday's racing. The Fighting Illini first took to the water in the 2nd Novice Women's 4+ where an early equipment failure left their shell hobbling to the finish line - they finished a disappointing 9th of 10. The Novice Men's 8+, coming off their gold medal performance the day before, came in 5th of 19 behind two crews from University of Michigan and two crews from University of Minnesota. The Novice Men, who were a mere 4.33% off the winning time, bested Michigan State after falling to them last year. The 2nd Varsity Men's 4+ rowed a clean race, but the Double Header proved tiring as they slipped to 15th of 21. The Varsity Women's 4+ came 24 of 33, but managed 2nd among Club Crews. The field was dominated by D1 schools like Wisconsin, Louisville, Minnesota, Indiana, and Iowa who fielded as many as 7 boats a piece. The Novice Women's 8+ had a rough race, but manage 13th of 18, and 3rd among Club Crews. The Novice Women were able to Best one of University of Iowa's boat, making this the first time the Illini have bested at D1 team.

Before the 2nd Novice Men's 4+ or the Varsity Men's 8+ could take to the water, the weather turned for the worst. After a 1 hour delay, the event was called for severe weather, leaving the Varsity Men waiting until Spring to see how they stack up against competitors Michigan, Minnesota, and Michigan State.

This Double Header is the only Fall race weekend for majority of the Illini Crew who begin the long Winter Training process leading to Sprint Season in the Spring. The Varsity Women's 4+ however will continue on to the Head of the Charles in Boston next weekend where they aim to improve on this weekend's performance to close out the season.

Gold and 2 Silvers in the 8+'s to Start 2012-2013 Season

Sunday October 14, 2012

The Fighting Illini started their season with a win in the Novice Men's 8+, and two close 2nd place finishes in the Novice Women's 8+ and Varsity Men's 8+ at the Quad Cities Classic in Moline, IL. The 4000m race was plagued by heavy rain and wind, but the Illini persevered by making the podium in every 8+ event this year - a first at this regatta. The Novice Men keep the streak alive after last year's 3-way tie for first by winning outright this season. The Novice Women's 8+, who fielded a boat for the first time in this event, took home silver a mere 8 seconds out of first. The Varsity Men's 8+ fell 6 seconds shy of Washington University and first place, but posted their best ever finish in this event.

The Varsity Women's 4+ rowed a conservative race and slipped to 4th, just missing the podium. The Women's 2nd Novice 4+ rowed a well fought race, also coming 4th place. The 2nd Varsity Men's 4+ rowed a tough field, but managed an impressive 5th place. The day was rounded out by the 2nd Novice Men's 4+ who finished 10th in their event.

This was the first Head Race for many of the athletes on the team, specifically the 35 Novice rowers who joined this Fall. The Illini posted great times and demonstrated an ability to win in collegiate competition. They hope to ride these victories into Sunday's race in Rockford, IL.

Ronald Tyson Breaks 1 Millions Meters

Tuesday October 2, 2012

Rower Ronald Tyson has broken 1 Million meters erged since his first recorded piece on February 18, 2012. Congrats to Ron on this momentous achievement! Only 1 Million Meters to the next distance Watermark!

Weekend Pictures from Clinton Lake

Monday October 1, 2012

This past weekend, the team headed out for a practice at Clinton Lake before the race season starts in on October 13th. Team historian Joseph Lee went out with his camera and took some really great pictures of the team. Check out the photos at the Joseph J Lee Photography Facebook Page.

We will be posting images throughout the season both on our website, and through our Facebook page, so keep checking in throughout the year.

Novice Women to be Honored at Sept. 23 Volleyball Game

Friday September 21, 2012

Sunday, Sept. 23 ē Wisconsin at No. 20 Illinois ē Huff Hall ē 1 p.m.

The University of Illinois Women's Crew which won the Novice Women's 4+ at the ACRA Championships will be honored during a break in the Illini Women's Volleyball game against Wisconsin this Sunday. Admission to the game is free for all students with your ICard.

The Womenís Rowing Team won gold in the Novice Womenís 4+ at the American Collegiate Rowing Association Championships on May 26th, 2012 in Gainsville, GA. The crew consisted of coxswain Samantha Sanders, stroke-seat Meridith Kisting, 3-seat Danielle Saubert, 2-seat Julia Briscoe, and bow-seat Sandra Peters. 3-seat Danielle Saubert also earned 1st Team All-American honors. She was the only Novice Women to earn such an honor last year, and the first Illini to ever earn a spot on the All-American team.

Please come up to support the Women's Rowing and Volleyball teams this Sunday.

2012-2013 Novice Team Announced

Sunday September 9, 2012

The University of Illinois Team is proud to announce the addition of its largest class of Novice Athletes. These athletes have earned the right to wear the Orange and Blue to represent Illinois this season, and we wish them the best of luck.

Olivia Altmayer
Jessica Ayers
Erika Ball
Danny Calero
Karen Chiu
Carol Chou
Tess Copple
Stephanie DeLong
Lizzie Diamond
Zoe Frankowicz
Jack Fuller
Lucas Gonzalez
Jason Hempstead
Andrew Holm
William Hrabak
Sally Jones
Marissa Josupait
Arthur Lapin
Dimitri Lazardis
Jett Levin
Gabi Liberato
Michael Lyons
Roeland Oosterloo (Varsity)
Randi Pawelski
Sarah Quinn
Kat Rains
Vijay Rajendran
Rupali Raju
Gabi Riccio
Kat Rola
Jenna Sabo
Adham Sahloul
Claire Slayton
Nikky Sogbein
Daniel Whitt

Tryouts Underway!

Tuesday August 28, 2012

The first day of Women's Tryouts are over, and the first day of Men's Tryouts start tomorrow (Wednesday). For all detail on tryouts, please visit the tryout page. Prospective Rowers should attend all tryout days for their gender (Men's or Women's).

We will announce the 2012-2013 Novice Team Roster on Sunday, September 9th, 2012 right here on the website.

For a full race schedule, please go to the races section of the website.

New Tryout Location

Monday August 27, 2012

To accommodate the large number of people at tryouts, we have a new location. Instead of holding tryouts at CRCE, we will be holding tryouts at the Mini-MAC in the ARC on the Entrance Level. For directions to the Mini-MAC, you can look at the ARC floor plan, or you can ask for directions at the Services Desk. We will also have people to help direct athletes.

Please look at the Tryout Page for information on what to wear/bring to tryouts. Do not forget your I-Card.

Illini Rowing Wants YOU!

Thursday August 23, 2012

Illini Rowing is looking for strong, tough, and competitive athletes to help in its bid to win at the National Championships in May - will you vie to wear the Orange and Blue? If you want to be a part of this year's squad, tryout for the team! Tryouts are the first two weeks of the Fall semester, and athletes selected will become a part of the competitive team competing in the 2012-2013 season for the University of Illinois.

Rowing experience is NOT required - We are looking for strong athletes. We are also looking for coxswains who pilot the boats during races. This position, while not physically demanding, is an extremely competitive position and an integral part of the team. Coxswains are typically between 90-110lbs and must be available to practice with the team in morning practices.

For more information about the team, and more information about recruiting, visit the recruiting page and sign up for the mailing list.

Tryout Signups Now Live!

Thursday August 23, 2012

If you want a shot at becoming a part of Illini Crew, sign up for tryouts as soon as possible. Tryout signups can be found midway down the recruiting page.

Updates to Donor and Gear Pages for 2012

Wednesday August 15, 2012

For all Illini Rowing fans, we have just added updates to our Donation and Gear pages. Now you will have the most up to date information on how you can deck out in crew gear (including the famous Corn Rowing shirts), and how you can give back to Illini Rowing to help us to another record breaking season.

For information about donating to the team, visit our Donate page. For information about team gear, head to the Gear page. Both can be found in the header, or in the links above.

Alumni Assemble!

Tuesday August 14, 2012

The Fighting Illini are heading back to the Head of the Rock - meaning we need Alumni to man the oars and help us to another solid finish in the Mixed Alumni Boats. In the last two years, we have fielded two Alumni 4+'s - one of which won a medal in 2010. This year, with our growing roster of alumni, we are hoping to field a mixed 8+. If you are interested in signing on to the team, let us know by contacting us at with the title "ALUMNI 8+ WOO!".

2012-2013 Illini Competitive Schedule Announced

Monday July 30, 2012

The Fighting Illini will be participating (and hosting) the following regattas this season:

Oct. 13, 2012 - Quad Cities Classic

Oct. 14, 2012 - Head of the Rock

Oct. 20-21, 2012 - Head of the Charles

Feb. 2, 2013 - St. Louis Indoor Rowing Championships

Feb. 9, 2013 - Illini Indoor

Feb. 23, 2013 - Chicago Indoor Rowing Championships

Mar. 23, 2013 - John Hunter Regatta

Apr. 6, 2013 - Spring Home Race

Apr. 13, 2013 - Lubber Cup

Apr. 20, 2013 - Spring Home Race

Apr. 27, 2013 - MACRA Championships

May 25-26, 2013 - ACRA National Championships

Danielle Saubert named to First Team All-American

Monday June 4, 2012

Women's Rower Danielle Saubert adds one more accolade to her Novice season as she is named to the American Collegiate Rowing Association's First Team All-American Boat. She was named alongside 8 other female rowers across the country to represent the very best athletes in the ACRA and represent Women's Collegiate Club Rowing in the United States. What makes Danielle's achievement more impressive is that she is the only novice rower to be named to the team.

This caps a stunning season for Danielle and the Novice Women's Squad, with Danielle earning All-Regional and All-American honors and the Novice Women only losing one race this season on the way to winning U of I's first National Title. Congratulations to Danielle Saubert on her amazing achievement. For full listings of All-American Honorees, check out the ACRA website.

Update: Illini Novice Women are National Champions

Monday May 28, 2012

The Novice Women rowed a near perfect race while being chased by Vanderbilt the entire length of the course. The Women's 4+ of Meridith Kisting, Danielle Saubert, Julia Briscoe, Sandra Peters and coxswain Samantha Sanders won by 1/2 of a boat length over Vanderbilt and well open on the rest of the field led by UCDaviswho took third. This is the first National Title for the Illini Rowing club. A full race day recap, along with photos and videos is to come.

Recap: Day 2 at ACRA National Championships

Monday May 28, 2012

The big news from Georgia is that the Novice Women's 4+ from Illinois are National Champions. The Novice Women's 4+ won the Grand Finals, narrowly beating out Vanderbilt who pressed the Illini the entire way. This is the first National Title for the University of Illinois who has had a competitive program for 4 years. The Novice Men's 4+ also raced and fought hard, holding 3rd place in the Petite Finals for most of the race. However, the push to break into a top-10 stretched the Illini thin in the last 500m as they slipped to finish in 6th place in the Petite Finals ahead of Penn State and Ohio State, earning them 14th in the country.

Congrats to all the Illini for a great season, and thank you to all family who made the trip out to watch the racing. For full race results, photos, and videos, please go to the regatta page.

Recap: Day 1 at ACRA National Championships

Saturday May 26, 2012

Today the Illini took to the water in the Novice Women's 4+ and Novice Men's 4+. The Novice Women, lead by stroke seat Meridith Kisting and coxswain Samantha Sanders, finished comfortably in second place behind Vanderbilt - well ahead of third place Oregon and the rest of the field. By finishing among the top three in their heat, they advance directly to the Grand Finals tomorrow. The Novice Women will race at 9:28am Eastern Time for the national title. In the Novice Men's heat, the men rowed a very tough race against a deep field. The race ended with the Illini in a 4-way battle for 4th place - with less than 100 meters left, the Novice Men passed a faltering University of Chicago crew to capture fourth. By finishing outside of the top three, Illinois was relegated to the repechage (a second opportunity for crews from the heats to make it into the Grand Finals). Faced with a must-win scenario, the Fighting Illini held race leaders Vanderbilt and UNC to 1/2 of a boat length up to the 1250m mark, but UNC proved to have more stamina and finished well up on Illinois. The Novice Men, including stroke Brandon Holland and coxswain Genevieve Linchango, will race tomorrow morning in the Petite Finals hoping to capture on of the top two spots to earn a spot among the top-10 in the nation.

The day finished with an awards ceremony for the All-Regional Winners, with Novice Danielle Saubert being named to the First Boat All-Great Lakes.

Results will be posted as they happen during the regatta over Twitter. You can follow the feed, or find the updates here on the home page.

Danielle Saubert named to All-Regional Squad

Friday May 25, 2012

Today, Novice Women's rower Danielle Saubert added another accolade to her long list of achievements this season by being named to the First Boat All-Great Lake Conference. This honor recognizes the best 8 female rowers and 1 coxswain from the Great Lakes Conference of the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) based on individual and team performance. Danielle joins three rowers from Purdue, and four rowers and one coxswain from Grand Valley to be honored this year. What makes Dani's achievement more impressive is that she is the only Novice Woman from any school to be named to the squad. The selection of the All-Regional Squads is a precursor to the selection of the All-American Squad later this week.

Danielle is the first Illini Rower ever to be named to an All-Regional Squad. She will be honored in a ceremony Saturday Evening at Lake Lanier, GA which is the site of the 1996 Olympic rowing event, and currently the site of the 2012 ACRA Championships. A link to the official announcement will be posted when it is posted on the ACRA website. Keep checking back for photos of the event.

Illini Reach Grand Finals at MACRA

Sunday April 29, 2012

The Fighting Illini Women's 4+ managed to win their heat to capture a spot in the Grand Finals this weekend at the Mid-American Collegiate Rowing Association (MACRA) Championships. The Women's 4+ raced well, capturing 4th in the final behind Grand Valley, University of Chicago, and Purdue. This was the first loss this season by the Novice Women, who started their season with a win over Vanderbilt in Nashville.

The Novice Men's 8+ rowed well in their heat, but slipped to 4th place in a fast heat. They went on to the Petite Finals, where they won by a commanding margin. The Novice Men's 4+ surprised most of the field by qualifying for the Petite Finals over the Third Level Finals, where they took third. The Varsity Men's 4+ narrowly missed the Petite Finals, but managed to come away with 3rd place in the C Finals with a strong time.

This rounds out the Illini's regular season, and select crews will begin the long prep for the National Championships in May.

Illini Host First Home Race

Sunday April 22, 2012

This weekend, the Fighting Illini hosted their first race when they took on Northwestern and Wheaton's Men's Crews at Clinton Lake. The invitational scrimmage was the first meeting between Northwestern and Illinois this season. The day started well for the Illini in the Novice Men's 4+. Illinois opened a commanding lead on Wheaton and Northwestern who fought hard for second. Wheaton ultimately proved the faster crew claiming second, ahead of Northwestern in third. The Illini 2nd Novice 4+ finished well back of Northwestern.

The Novice Women's 4+ scrimmaged against the 3rd Novice Men's 4+, winning the race comfortably demonstrating the superior speed that lead them to a big season opening win against Vanderbilt three weeks earlier.

Wheaton and Northwestern dueled in the 2nd Varsity Men's 4+, with Wheaton again emerging the victor. In the 1st Varsity Men's 4+, Wheaton won by a comfortable margin over Northwestern, who finished well up on the 3rd place Illinois.

The capstone race of the day was the Varsity Men's 8+ between Illinois and Northwestern. Illinois fielded two 8+'s for this event, but it was the 1st Varsity 8+ who battled Northwestern in a neck and neck battle down the course. In the final 250m, the Illini managed to pull away and open up a small lead and held it to claim first place on the day, less 2 seconds ahead of Northwestern in what was the closest race of the day. The 2nd Varsity Illinois boat suffered an equipment malfunction and finished well back of the lead boats.

The Illini will take on Northwestern and other Midwest rivals next weekend at the Mid-American Collegiate Championships in Grand Rapids, MI next weekend.

Updated: Illinois Spring Rowing Invitational

Sunday April 8, 2012

More details have been added on the Illinois Spring Rowing Invitational coming up on Mom's Weekend - April 21st, 2012. For the most up to date information, visit the regatta page for details. Check back over the next week for more details.

Illinois Sweeps Women, but Drops 3 Men's Races to Vanderbilt in Season Openner

Sunday March 25, 2012

The Fighting Illini started their Spring Race Season against Vanderbilt this past weekend in Nashville, TN. The Novice Men's 8+ swapped the lead back-and-forth down the course before Vanderbilt pulled away in the last 500m to win by 3/4 of a boat length. The Novice Women's 4+ from Illinois topped Vanderbilt's 1V, 2V, and Novice to claim victory in the Women's 4+. In the Men's Novice 4+, Vanderbilt cruised to victory by open water. The last race of the day pitted Illinois' Novice Men's 4+ against Vanderbilt's 1V and 2V. The Vandy 1V cruised to victory, while the Vandy 2V had to hold off Illinois all the way down the course. Vanderbilt ended up finishing one-two over Illinois, who finished one boat open water behind the 2V.

For full results and details, see the regatta page.

Spring Break Trip about to Begin

Friday March 16, 2012

The team is just about ready to embark on their 9 day trip to Oak Ridge, Tennessee for Spring Training. The crew will row multiple practices a day, on a World Class race course, alongside many other Universities from across the country. The net effect will be 3 weeks worth of training packed into the span of one.

To make things more exciting, the Fighting Illini will take on Vanderbilt in Nashville on Saturday March 24th to open their spring season. This is the first duel between the crews, and will hopefully be the first of an annual fixture for each team.

Keep looking back to the site this week as we update you on Spring Training, through facebook, twitter, youtube, and the site itself. Our goal this season is to keep you there with the athletes everyday as they prepare for the Spring 2012 Fighting Illini race season.

Fighting Illini Finish Winter Training with Impressive Finish at Chicago Indoor

Saturday February 25, 2012

The rowers from the University of Illinois rowed well in their final indoor meet of the season. The day started well with Women's Coach Samantha Polak winning the Open Lightweight Women's Race, breaking the 19-29 year old age category Women's Lightweight record for the Chicago Indoor. Samantha was followed by three of her athletes (Danielle Saubert, Meridith Kisting, and Melissa Crawford) in the Collegiate Novice Women's race. Danielle handily won the event with a time of 7:10 setting a new person, team, and Chicago Indoor record for Novice Collegiate Women. Teammate Meridith came in 5th, while Melissa came in 9th out of 14th in her first race. All three achieved personal records. Last up for the women was Julia Briscoe in the Collegiate Novice Lightweight Women, who rowed her way into a 4th place finish with a very well controlled piece, also achieving a personal record.

On the men's side, Nick Van Antwerp was looking to go undefeated this season and was joined by 7 of his teammates in the Collegiate Novice Men's category. Nick managed a come from behind win in his heat, but his victory was short lived as he was displaced by the winner of the second heat. Nevertheless, Nick set a new team record of 6:35 for 2km. He was followed by teammates Ray Urban, and Steve Smith in 8th and 9th, Cameron Skelding in 11th, and Ben Feitch in 13th. Leonel Ocampo, Boyi Guo, and Connor Unitas claimed 20th, 22nd, and 23rd respectively out of 24. The varsity men took to the machines next, lead by team captain Chris Marr who rowed into an 11th place finish behind a dominant Michigan State crew. Rudi Bredemeier shattered his record to break 7-minutes for the 2km take 14th place. Eric Xia rounded out the event in 20th place. In the Collegiate Lightweight Men, Mark Kennedy broke his personal record by over 10 seconds to claim 22nd.

Last up were the relay challenges. On the women's side, Illinois and U. Chicago battled back and forth for the lead. Sam Polak opened up a lead from the start, while the next three fought to maintain the lead. Anchor Danielle Saubert brought it home with a dominant finish to beat out U. Chicago by 2.6 seconds. They were pushed to second place by the Rowfit Chicago team in the second heat, but still achieved a record finish for the Illini Women. The men's team was up against several university crews including two teams from Michigan State. While Michigan's first crew controlled the piece, the Illini managed to upset their 1-2 finish by beating out the second team in the final piece. All men pulled excellent pieces to take second.

Thank you to all parents and alumni who came out today to cheer on and support the athletes. Full race results will be posted soon on our site, official results are available at the Chicago Indoor website.

New Athletes Selected for Team

Monday February 20, 2012

The team would like to congratulate the following athletes for having been selected to join the rowing team after Spring tryouts.

  • Zachary Constable
  • Melissa Crawford
  • Phillip DeFraties
  • Brandon Holland
  • Hans Lee
  • Joseph Lee
  • Sandra Peters
  • Zachary Schneeweis
  • Kevin Szubrych
  • Ronald Tyson
  • Benjamin Wilson

The athletes will join the existing novice roster while racing this Spring Season, and into the future. Congratulations to all for making it onto the team, and thank you to all athletes who tried out this year for the squad.

Illini Indoor Champions Crowned

Monday February 13, 2012

The 3rd Annual Illini Indoor was completed on Saturday February 12th. This home indoor rowing race among teammates serves as the final prep for the Chicago Indoor and rewards athletes with bragging rights and trophy hammers for first place in each category. The real hammers, engraved with the team logo, are similar to those given out in other major indoor rowing races around the world, most notably C.R.A.S.H.-B. in Boston each year.

The first flight to go off was the Novice Men's and Women's race. The race was lead by Steve Smith for 1950m, until teammate Nick Van Antwerp caught up in the dying seconds. The two battled side-by-side right up to the end, with Nick just edging out Steve by 0.2 seconds to claim the first hammer of the day. Nick had previously won the Novice Men's category at the St. Louis Indoor, where Steve had finished 4th behind fellow teammate Ray Urban and a competitor from Wash U.

On the Women's side of the race, rower Dani Saubert broke the team record she had set earlier in the season, earning a time of 7:19.7. This puts her in excellent position to break the record at the Chicago Indoor later this month. Teammate Meridith Kisting broke her own personal record with a time of 7:54, only two seconds slower one of the Novice Men.

The Varsity Men rowed last for individual racing, with Chris Marr leading the whole way to capture his season record and second hammer. Chris had won the Novice Men's event last year and becomes one of only three people in team history to capture the title twice.

After individual racing, the rowers teamed up for the relay race, with four athletes (3 men and 1 women) each racing a leg of the 4x500m race. Athletes had to change quickly as the timer keeps ticking even as they switch. The lead swapped after the first piece, but the team consisting of Dani Saubert, Ben Feicht, Ray Urban, and Leonel Ocampo captured first with a time of 6:14.

For all race results, please check the results page for a full listing.

University of Illinois Opens Winter Indoor Season with Two Golds at St. Louis Indoor

Saturday February 4, 2012

The top rowers from the University of Illinois competed in the St. Louis Indoor Rowing Championships. The 2000m long race is rowed on rowing machines in flights of 8 athletes while measuring raw power. Illiniois entered 9 athletes spanning categories against rivals WashU, St. Louis Univ., and Univ. of Iowa.

The day went extremely well for the UofI squad. All athletes rowed very well controlled pieces, sticking to their race plans, and had great performances across the board. Julia Briscoe finished 2nd in the Collegiate Nov. Lwt. Women; Meridith Kisting finished 3rd in the Collegiate Nov. Women; Dani Saubert finished 1st in the Collegiate Women (New Team Record); Illinois took 5 of the top 7 Collegiate Nov. Men times (1st - Nick Van Antwerp, 2nd - Ray Urban, 4th - Steve Smith, 6th - Ben Feicht, 7th - Cameron Skelding); and Chris Marr finished 4th in the Collegiate Men.

The athletes will all compete next weekend at the Illini Indoor Rowing Championships as they continue to train for the Chicago Indoor Rowing Championships at the end of the month. For full race results and photos, check the results page.

Select Athletes to Represent Illinois at St. Louis Indoor Rowing Championships

Sunday January 29, 2012

A handful of University of Illinois rowers will travel to St. Louis to compete in the St. Louis Indoor Rowing Championships hosted by Washington University. The Illini will compete against some of their rivals from across the Midwest in the first 2km indoor race of the season. The race will be conducted on ergometers (rowing machines) linked together so athletes can race head-to-head with their competitors. Medals will go to the fastest entrants in each event.

While Illinois has never sent the whole team to this event, the athletes who have attended have done very well. Each year, athletes from the University of Illinois have medalled. Men's Team Captain Chris Marr will look to replicate his Gold Medal performance from last year at the competition, as he leads a squad of Novice Illini Rowers against the field.

We will be providing updates and results throughout the weekend as they happen. A full list of racers will be announced this week.

Spring Tryouts Start Feb 6th

Sunday January 22, 2012

Spring Tryouts start Monday February 6th and will go through Friday February 17th. Please sign up on the recruiting page to sign-up for a spot in tryouts. We are recruiting for a limited number of spots, however those students who do make the squad will get to represent Illinois in competition, on a medal winning team hoping to make its third trip to the National Collegiate Rowing Championships in the last four years.

Again, any interested athletes should check the recruiting page for more information and sign up for a spot.

Help Illini Rowing Support the Wesley Evening Food Pantry

Sunday January 22, 2012

Wednesday January 25th from 8am - 5pm, the Fighting Illini Rowers will be rowing behind the Union on the north end of the Main Squad to help out the Wesley Evening Food Pantry. The team will be collecting money from hot chocolate and baked good sales as well as any donations to help the Wesley Evening Food Pantry, a food pantry that has evening hours to accommodate people who have work and school responsibilities.

Since it opened in 2006, the Wesley Evening Food Pantry has provided a weekís worth of groceries to thousands of people in Champaign County. In 2009 and 2010, they served over 10,000 people each year. Their membership in the Eastern Illinois Foodbank makes it possible to feed each person for a week for only $6.50. To continue this important work, they need your financial support. If every person who reads this commits to feeding one person a month, it would be easy.

Help the Illini Rowing Team help the Wesley Evening Food Pantry through your donations on the Quad this coming Wednesday. No matter the weather, we will be pulling for them, so please help us help them through your donations.

Blue Team Wins Orange and Blue Week

Tuesday October 25, 2011

Blue Team has won Orange and Blue Week by the slimmest of margins. The 6km test tie breaker took the average 6km test score of each of its members to arrive at the final number. In the end, Blue team won by 0.2sec/500m (less than 20 seconds in total time). Blue team won three events in total to capture the team's first Orange and Blue Week Victory. The inaugural Orange and Blue Week held last season saw Orange rise to a decisive victory. While teams will square off again for the Winter Points Challenge, Blue will be the team to beat until then.

For a full report, see the Orange and Blue Week page.

Orange and Blue Week Heats Up

Thursday October 20, 2011

We are four days into Orange and Blue week, with one event left to go. Right now, Orange and Blue are tied with one challenge win each and one event to go. Orange holds the slimmest of margins in the cumulative distance challenge, though Blue team rower Cody Johnson has logged the most meters this week at 3x the average.

Friday will be the last day of the Challenge week, and it is sure to be the toughest event yet. Who will win the challenge, who will log the most meters, who will reign supreme? Check out the results and scores here.

All Fall Race Results Updated

Tuesday October 18, 2011

All Fall race results have been updated, including times, bow numbers, and final placings. To view the results, click on the races tab above.

Keep checking back for more results over the Winter and Spring as the Fighting Illini continue their quest to the National Championships.

Fighting Illini Close out Season with Big Wins at WashU

Sunday October 16, 2011

The Fighting Illini captured 1st in the Novice Women's 4+ and the Novice Men's 8+ over rivals WashU, SLU, and Mizzou this past Sunday. The Illini were able to secure 3rd and 4th in the Men's Varsity 4+ right behind WashU, and ahead of SLU and St. Louis Rowing Club. The crew finished the day coming in 3rd in a friendly Mixed Novice 8+ to finish off a great Fall season. The Novice Women end their season having only fallen to Marquette in Club competition, while the Novice Men were able to open up a sizable lead on the field heading into winter. The Varsity will continue in the quest over Winter to topple WashU in the Spring on their way to the American Collegiate Championships in May.

For full Illini results and writeups, check the regatta page and check back with the team throughout the Winter.

Orange and Blue Week

Sunday October 16, 2011

Orange and Blue week pits teammates against one another as we split the team right down the middle. Half the novices, half the varsity, half the men, and half the women, are assigned to either Orange Team or Blue Team. Throughout the week, they will prove which team is best, in an all-out battle for supremacy. In addition to the daily challenges in practice, athletes will compete in the cumulative distance challenge. Top average distance for the teams wins.

Check in day by day for updates in the Orange and Blue Challenge.

Alumni Mailing List

Saturday October 15, 2011

We have added an alumni mailing list (long overdue) to our site. Please sign up for it to keep up to date on team news, upcoming races, and of course alumni boats being sponsored by the team.

To sign up and get all the news, please visit the Alumni page.

Illini Battle WashU and others Early this Sunday

Saturday October 15, 2011

The Fighting Illini will race against WashU, SLU, and Mizzou this Sunday morning bright and early. The first race of the day will be at 7:15am, and will go off every 15 minutes. The whole day will be done by 10am, finishing off with the Mixed 8+'s. The Fighting Illini will look to beat WashU in the Novice Women's 4+ by again improving on their lead. The Novice Men's 8+ will look to break the tie with WashU from last weekend over the 3200m course. They expect stiff competition from SLU and Mizzou as well where they expect to have a really great fight in the Varsity Men's 4+ where the Illini will look to redeem themselves after last Sunday's race.

Illini Bring Home Medals in Two Event in Double Header Season Opener

Monday October 10, 2011

The Fighting Illini started their season with a grueling two day, double header opening weekend to the 2011 Fall Season. The Illini started their weekend in Moline, IL for the Quad Cities Classic Regatta where the Illini took home gold in the Men's Novice 8+ in an unprecedented 3-way tie, and the Novice Women's 4+ took home bronze. At the end of the day, a special tie-breaker was held between WashU, Kansas State, and Illinois to decide medals - the Fighting Illini edge out Kansas State by three tenths of a second to claim victory and the gold - all three crews still share first place honors. The Varsity Men's 8+ finished in 4th place, just off the podium.

The crews moved onto the Head of the Rock in Rockford, IL Sunday morning where they race a much larger field of 57 crews, among them last years Men's National Champions University of Michigan and 2011 NCAA D1 Women's Rowing Championship Petite Finalists Wisconsin. The novice men were able to row themselves into a 5th place finish right behind Michigan State, and right ahead of Kansas State whom they tied the day before. The novice women came 8th in their race. The varsity men struggled to get a foothold in their race, and slipped to 21st.

For more read the full story (along with pictures) of the Quad Cities Classic and the Head of the Rock.

Last Week Before Race Day

Monday October 3, 2011

The Fighting Illini are gearing up for their Double Header Season opener coming up this Saturday October 8th and Sunday October 9th. The Illini will kick off their Fall Season at the Trinity Quad Cities Classic in Moline, IL on Saturday racing in the Collegiate Varsity and Novice 8+'s and the Novice Women's 4+.

The team will immediate move onto Rockford, IL for the Head of the Rock on Sunday where they will face some of the toughest competition of the season coming from all across the Midwest. This year, we will be entering an Alumni boat, so interested Alumni please contact us about participating.

All friends, family, alumni, and Illini Fans are welcome to stop by the tents on race day to participate in the festivities, meet the crew, and enjoy a day of racing. Fans at home will be updated throughout the day with pictures and results via the website as they happen, so please check back throughout the weekend.

For more information about both races, please check out the races page.

Illini Rowing Athletes Compete in Illini Triathalon

Monday October 3, 2011

Varsity men's athletes Chris Marr and Rudi Bredemeier competed in the Illini Triathlon this past weekend. Chris Marr placed 33/259 for all men, and 2nd in his Age Group (20-24). On water teammate Rudi Bredemeier came 103/259 for all men, and 10th in his Age Group (20-24). The Age Group classification excludes all athletes who are members of collegiate triathlon teams. Both Chris and Rudi will be competing this weekend in both the Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ in the season opening Double-Header weekend.

Results are available on It's Race

2nd Women's Tryouts Being Held Now

Tuesday September 6, 2011

The second session of women's tryouts is going on right now. If you are interested in joining the women's competitive team, please signup on the recruiting page.

After you sign up, you will be notified by the coaching staff about tryout times and locations. Selections will be made at the weekend of September 17th. All athletes should sign up prior to September 10th in order to be selected.

Men's and 1st Women's Tryouts Complete

Friday September 2, 2011

We are proud to announce that the first round of tryouts have been completed. We had a great group come out, including 5 recruits, and over a dozen walk-ons. The second round of Women's recruiting will start soon, and those athletes will join the pair already selected. Keep posted for meeting times and recruitment dates.

The team is proud to welcome the following athletes to the novice team this season:

  • Cameron Skelding
  • Ben Feitch
  • Mike Lowney
  • Erik Gunstensen
  • Connor Unitas
  • Nick Van Antwerp
  • Steve Smith
  • Ray Urban
  • Ryan McDermott
  • Leonel Ocampa
  • Boyi Guo
  • Max Gruber
  • Dani Saubert
  • Meridith Kisting
  • Elizabeth "Libby" Smith

Handful of Tryout Spots Still Open

Monday August 22, 2011

Tryouts have begun, but there are still a handful of tryout spots still open. They are filling up, so if you think you have what it takes to make the team, sign up right away. To sign up, go to the recruiting page and sign up for any session. After that, we will see you at tryouts.

Sign-Up for Tryouts

Monday August 15, 2011

Attention all recruits, sign-ups for tryouts is now open on the recruiting page. There are limited spots for tryouts this season, so register soon. Please read eligibility requirements before signing up. Information about recruiting can be found on the page, including session dates, times, and locations. Also, don't forget to signup for the recruiting mailing list if you have not already done so.

2011-2012 Race Schedule Posted

Tuesday August 9, 2011

The 2011-2012 race schedule has been posted and is now available on the regatta page. Last season's results are still viewable, and can be found under the Races tab at the top of the page, or here.

Check back throughout the season to get previews, updates, and race results.

Ergs Have Arrived!

Tuesday July 5, 2011

The new fleet of six Concept2 Model D ergometers have arrived on campus! Next season, the team will get to enjoy these new machines in our new training room in CRCE MP2.

The ergometers will allow entire crews to train together during winter training sessions, while ensuring athletes have a dedicated set of machines on which to train at any time. A big thank you to the SORF board for assisting in the purchase, and to the generous contribution from the Kroeker Family that supported this purchase for the team.

Improvements Rolling Out

Sunday June 26, 2011

Several new improvements to the Watermark System are in the works - the first of which is decimal time! Now times can be recorded to 2 decimal places. All previous times have had .0's added to the ends to accommodate the new timing system.

While decimal times are hardly ground breaking, the addition of several new features currently in development for next season are, including:

  • new and improved weight lifting tracker
  • plots and graphs to show progress
  • improved calendar
  • more watermarks
  • email notifications
  • online waiver submissions
  • account management/privacy improvements
  • coxswain pages and virtual crews
  • enhancements to the monthly challenges
  • improved coaching tools
  • and the invitation of other teams to Watermark

Through your accounts, you can also look forward to some more features in the works for later next season outside of Watermarks, such as:

  • photo uploading
  • pre and post race coverage improvements
  • to-the-minute race day coverage
  • and much more

Keep checking back over the Summer to see what's new, and continue to use the Watermark System to track your progress.

Summer Recreational Rowing Sessions Start June 7th

Tuesday May 10, 2011

Sign-up Today for the University of Illinois Alumni Boathouse Mailing List to ensure you will be first to receive the information about the Adult Rec Rowing Program starting June 7th. Details about the program can be found on the Recreational Rowing Program open to all Faculty, Staff, and Students over 18.

Annual Awards Winners Announced

Thursday May 5, 2011

The official end to the season came with the end of season team banquet. At the banquet, several athletes were recognized for their exceptional achievements during the season.

The Dan Walsh Trophy, named after the team's founder, recognizes one athlete who made the largest contribution to the advancement of the program off of the water. This season, Matthew Petruszak was recognized for his exceptional contributions as Boathouse Historian. His efforts significantly increased the public exposure of the team through the website and made large strides to keep in greater contact with the university community.

Two new trophies were created this season to recognize the top male and female athletes.

The Amy Cade Trophy, named after the program's first women's team captain, was created to recognize the female athlete of the year. The inaugural winner is Tiernan Evans. Tiernan, a three year rower and graduate is the first athlete to have completed her entire undergraduate career as a member of the rowing team. She demonstrated exceptional resolve this season, excelling to personal records and exceptional on-water performance.

The male athlete of the year award was awarded to novice rower Aaron Sachs. Aaron demonstrated exceptional perseverance this season, finishing at or near the top of the team in testing, and performing well in competition all season. In addition, Aaron demonstrated the qualities of a strong leader among his teammates, and volunteered with the upkeep and maintenance of equipment.

Sincerest congratulations to the three award winners this year, and all of their teammates this season.

Illinois Wins Palindrome Cup

Monday May 2, 2011

The final race of the day had one of the closest finishes and was a must-see for the day - though not for first place. WashU's two varsity 4+'s went 1-2 with commanding leads over the rest of the field, but Indiana University and the University of Illinois fought hard the whole to decide third place. While this battle for third may seem trivial, this battle had a trophy on the line to determine who would win the newly created Palindrome Cup in the annual "UI v. IU" race. The Illini opened up an early lead, but fell quickly back after a bobbled stroke. The Illini were able to recover and close the gap, but Indiana continued to fight off Illinois' charges. In the final 500m, the crews continued to swap the lead, until the very end when Illinois was able to edge out Indiana to capture the first Palindrome Cup by less than 4 seats. Both crews agreed the cup would drive both crews to perform better next season, with Indiana bent on capturing the cup, and Illinois determined to keep it.

Finish Line Shot

Illini Rowing Excels at Augie Scrimmage

Sunday April 17, 2011

Illini Rowing truly stood out this past weekend with several impressive first-place finishes over Augustana and Iowa State. Official race results will be posted to the site soon. Select pictures from the event can be accessed via our Facebook page.

Congratulations to the Illini crews!

Augie Scrimmage

Saturday April 16, 2011

This Sunday, April 30th, the Fighting Illini will take on Augustana and Iowa State at Rock Island in Moline, IL. This will be the second meeting between Augustana and Illinois after last fall's North Shore Channel Challenge. This will be the first meeting in recent history of the Illini and Iowa State.

Racing will go off at 10:00am over a 2km course. Results and photos will be posted after the event.

Illini Men Finish 3rd in Season Opener

Sunday April 3, 2011

Most of the day's racing, including all 4+'s and novice events, were cancelled before the day even started. But that did not keep the big boats off the water. The Fighting Illini men's team made the trip to Creve Coeur, MO to race the Varsity Men's 8+ against Mid-West rivals Washington University and St. Louis University. The conditions were rough but fair, with an even tail wind pushing all crews. The race started clean with the WashU Varsity 8+ overstroking the Illini and pulling up an early few seats. WashU's Novice 8+, who took the entire Great Plains and Great Lakes conference by storm last Fall winning the Novice 8+ at the 2010 Head of the Eagle, trailed the Fighting Illini Mized Novice/Varsity crew after the start. SLU, who held pace with the WashU novices off the start caught an early crab and fell back half a boat before resuming. At the midway point, WashU V8+ opened up a 1-1/2 length lead on the pack and held. WashU's N8+ made a push on the Illini at the midway point, after being down 1/2 length. The Fighting Illini V/N8+ fought the WashU N8+ the last half of the course, slipping to 1 seat down at the finish with the finishing horns going off near simultaneously. The final margin was WashU V8+ by 1-1/2 open over WashU N8+ by 1 seat over Illinois V/N8+ by 3 boats open on SLU.

The race was a stellar match up for all three schools, and was an exceptional preview of this season's racing. The Fighting Illini, who had never fielded a varsity caliber 8+ against rival's SLU and WashU, definitely proved they can compete on that level this season. It also goes a long way to show how a Charles Club 8+ next fall may stack up.

Gateway Regatta - This Sunday

Thursday March 31, 2011

The St. Louis Gateway Regatta will have collegiate racing this coming Sunday, April 3rd in Maryland Heights, MO. The 1750m race on Creve Coeur lake with be the first race for the Fighting Illini this season as they take on old rivals Wash U and St. Louis University. The Illini are looking to open their spring season with a strong showing, so please come out to support the crews.

More information can be found on the regatta page.

Blue Team Wins February Challenge

Saturday March 5, 2011

Blues Take Revenge After Losing Winter Challenge

The February Distance Challenge has finished, and Blue Team has claimed victory. The Blue Team beat the Orange by an average of roughly 3000m/athlete over the course of the month. This marks the first win for the Blue's this year, after having lost the Fall 6km Challenge and the Winter Points Team Challenge. The Blue Team was lead by Matt Petruszak who was the only athlete to exceed 100km in the month - winning him the new "Row Like a Bear" Watermark, which goes to the athlete who rows the largest distance in a given month.

Congratulations to both teams on a job well done, and let's turn our focus to the water where the next challenge will come in the Spring.

Chicago Indoor this Weekend

Friday February 25, 2011

Keep checking back here this Saturday because the Fighting Illini will be racing at the Chicago Indoor and we will be updating the results on the site as the results come in. You will hear it here first if Chris Marr is able to become the second Illini to win the Triple Crown. You will also be able to follow along to see how close the Fighting Illini come to taking the Relay Challenge.

For more info, check out the regatta page. Be sure to check in on race day for updates and results.

Stage Set: UI vs. IU

Tuesday February 22, 2011

May 1st, 2011 - Lake Lemon, Indiana

The stage is set for the University of Illinois and Indiana University Men's Teams to meet at Lake Lemon the day after the Mid-American Collegiate Rowing Association Championships. While MACRAs will be the first meeting between the two teams this Spring season, the one-on-one scrimmage the next day will be the true test between these two teams.

The day will start with the Men's Novice 8+ racing over the 2000m race course. This will be a showcase of what we can expect in the next few years from both teams. Following the Novice race, the Men's Varsity 8+'s will square off for the top prize - a brand new trophy to be fought for year after year. The trophy guarantees a commitment to competition from both teams in the years to come.

More info detailing race times will be posted closer to the race. Check back for more info on the regatta page.

Time Management Seminar

Saturday February 19, 2011

Slides from the time management seminar will be available on the site in the near future. Please check back for them soon.

Illini Indoor Winners Crowned

Saturday February 12, 2011

The 2011 Illini Indoor has come been completed and the winners crowned. While the whole team deserves recognition for some stellar score, four athletes walked away with top honors for their crew.

The Novice Men's team, with the deepest field, was lead by Chris Marr. This is Chris' second competition win of the season, bringing him one step closer to the triple crown (we will see come the Chicago Indoor whether he can complete this rare achievement). The Novice Women were lead by Stacey Peters marking her first 2km win of the season. The varsity men were lead by now 2-time hammer winner Michael Roggeman who won the Novice Men's category in 2010. Finally, Varsity Women's athlete Tiernan Evans captured victory and a personal best, boding well going into the Chicago Indoor later this month.

The event was completed by the 4x500m relay, with the team of Devon Loftus, Chris Marr, Ana Ramirez, and Eric Xia taking home top honors and the relay wrenches.

Congrats to all athletes who came out and put in some great scores, and keep up the good work. The Chicago Indoor is next at the end of the month.

Illini Indoor this Saturday

Friday February 11, 2011

Who will win the Hammer?

The Annual Illini Indoor will be held this Saturday, February 12 @ 10am in the ARC Multi-Purpose Room 1. All team athletes will be completing 2000m races (even coxswains are doing 500m dashes). The athletes will be racing for bragging rights, and of course the coveted hammers for winning the category. The day will cap off with a 4x500m relay race.

You can come down to the ARC to cheer on the rowers, or you can follow online on the regatta page this Saturday. Results will be updated after every race.

Chris Marr Wins St. Louis Indoor

Monday February 7, 2011

Novice Men's rower Chris Marr won the St. Louis Indoor Rowing Championship in the Novice Men's Openweight Division. His time of 6:41 for the 2000m race was the fastest collegiate time of the day. This victory in the Fighting Illini's first indoor race of the season bodes well for the team in the month to come.

Chris will look to become the second Illini to win the triple crown by claiming victory at next weekend's Illini Indoor, and the Chicago Indoor at the end of the month.

Tom King Wins Winter Challenge

Tuesday January 18, 2011

Varsity Rower Tom King has won the 2011 Winter Challenge with a grand total of 55 points, edging out the record set by last year's winner by 3 points. That said, this year's competition was very close with second place Chris Marr finishing with 54 points, an all-time high for a Novice Rower.

The workout that put Tom over the top in this challenge, also put the team over the top to reach 1,000,000 meters in the first month of the using the Watermark Logging System.

As for the Winter Team Challenge, the Orange dominated the Blues with a finishing total of 254 to 150. This marks the second straight win for the Orange team this season. But with another challenge right around the corner, the Blues do not have to wait long for redemption.

1,000,000 Meters Down

Monday January 17, 2011

The Fighting Illini have just logged their 1,000,000th meter since the first workout was entered exactly 1 month ago today. Varsity Rower Tom King pushed the team over the mark, but it took the entire team to get this far.

Illini Rowing Is Looking For BIG, STRONG, ATHLETIC Students

Monday November 29, 2010

...Or Those Tough Enough To Make Up For The Difference

The University of Illinois' rowing team is holding mid-year recruitment to increase the size of our novice crews. If you did not join in the Fall, this is the last opportunity to join the team prior to the Spring racing season. The team is looking for athletic male and female undergraduate students, especially those with a competitive streak and who are willing to commit themselves to a rigorous training schedule. Athletes must be able to attend all practices and race the full spring racing calendar. For background on the team and a full race schedule, please explore our website. For more information, please email to get in contact with the coaching staff (please specify age and gender when sending your email).

Competitive Team Meeting!

Monday September 6, 2010

A Can't Miss Event for All Looking to Row this School Year

Illini Rowing will be holding its Competitive Team Meeting on Sunday, September 12 at 12pm in the South Lounge of the Union. All athletes wanting to compete for Illini Rowing, especially those currently participating in Learn-to-Row, are strongly encouraged to attend.

If you absolutely cannot attend the meeting or have any other questions, please contact

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