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Grand Rapids Spring Sprints
March 22, 2014
FHC Rowing Takes 2nd in 2013
As a team, we placed a strong second, improving from tying for 4th in 2012 and almost doubling our points from last year! Congratulations to the medalists: Women’s Lightweight swept 1, 2, 3 1st – Brittany LaCross 2nd – Sophie Knape 3rd – Laura Dykehouse Men’s Open Weight 1st – Noah Messner – new school record (unofficial regatta record) Women’s Coxswain 3rd – Angelika Kurthen Men’s Coxswain 2nd – Max Sunter
The Grand Rapids Spring Sprints is an indoor rowing regatta. Competitors race on the Concept2 indoor rower or Erg over a distance of 500 meters, 1500 meters or 2000 meters depending on the classification of the participant. Coxswains will row 500 meters, high school novice (first year rowers) will compete at 1500 meters and all other participants will race the 2000 meter distance.
Each competitor races against the clock. Winners in each division are determined by the best overall time to complete the distance. To aid the rowers, the Concept2 electronic race system is used to track each participant. The system produces a graphic representation of "boat position" for each participant during the race. The graphic is projected onto a large screen in the gymnasium so that the spectators can obtain a visual of where each rower is in the race.
Divisions for high school include: coxswain, novice, lightweight and open for each gender. Medals are awarded to the top 3 finish positions in each event.
Overall, the GR Spring Sprints is an exciting event that kicks off the spring rowing season for our high school teams. Bring your enthusiasm and your ear plugs (the gym can get very loud with all of the cheering) to enjoy a great morning of racing.
Below you can find links to all of the pertinent information for this years event.
Schedule for Saturday, 3/22/14:
Ergatta Spring Sprints Itinerary:
8:15 Athletes check in with coach
8:30 Coaches meeting
9:00 Novice boys event
9:40 Novice girls event
10:05 Coxswain boys event
10:20 Coxswain girls event
10:30 150# boys event
10:55 130# girls event
11:10 Open boys event
11:50 Open girls event
** Times listed are approximate **
Athletes should begin their warm ups 30 minutes prior to their event, as follows
10 minute jog
5 minute stretch
10 minute warm up on the erg
Head to assigned area
Coaches, athletes, and parents will debrief after the trophies and medals are awarded. All athletes are expected to help break down and clean up after the event.