Spartans Open Spring Season at Princetown
March 28, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State rowing officially opens its spring season with races against Brown and Princeton on Saturday, March 29 on Lake Carnegie in Princeton, N.J. The regatta will begin with varsity four races at 9:20 a.m., followed by novice eight at 9:40, second varsity eight at 10 a.m. and lastly, varsity eight at 10:20 a.m.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Michigan State continued spring break on March 6 with unofficial races against Virginia. Official times were not recorded, but head coach Matt Weise was impressed with the boats' movements as they continued to improve their work in the water.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
SCOUTING THE BEARS
CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF ROWING
Michigan State rowing is celebrating its 10th year as a varsity program with an alumni dinner on Saturday, April 5 at the newly-revamped boathouse.
Rowing officially became a varsity sport for MSU in 1998, and Michigan State has established a distinguished winning tradition. The Spartans claimed their first Big Ten Championship in 2005, scoring 130 points with first-place finishes from their varsity eight and varsity four boats.
On the national scale, MSU has qualified for nine NCAA tournaments, finishing as high as sixth in 2006. The Spartans scored a program-best 40 points behind sixth-place finishes from their varsity eight and varsity four boats; additionally, the second varsity eight crew finished seventh.
For more information regarding the anniversary dinner, please contact assistant coach Christiina Tymoszewicz.
Christiina Tymoszewicz (Office) 517-432-5661, firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the Spartans finished fourth at the Big Ten Championship, four members of the Michigan State rowing team were honored by the Big Ten for their accomplishments this season. Roz Bialczak led the group with First-Team All-Big Ten honors, while Paula Thoms and Joanna Brown were named to the All-Big Ten Second Team. Jenna Peters was named Michigan State's Sportsmanship honoree.
Bialczak was also named to Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association's Central Regional First Team, while Peters, Brown, Kate Burdick, Tamara Yantovsky, Lauren Gamble and Sarah Schmidt were 2007 CRCA Scholar Athletes.
Additional academic honors include Burdick's prestigious placement on the First-Team 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large District IV Team, an honor given by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Burdick was the first Spartan to earn the honor.
Big Ten Conference named 19 rowers to its Spring Academic All-Conference roster, including Roz Bialczak, Kathryn Bitz, Joanna Brown, Kate Burdick, Rebekah Coleman, Anne Cowan, Nancy Diehl, Allison Duffy, Lauren Gamble, Daragh Gibson, Sarah Kreft, Erica Meissner, Jenna Peters, Amanda Ruhno, Sarah Schmidt, Paula Thoms, Emily Topping, Ashley Wenneman, and Tamara Yantovsky.
ASSOCIATION HONORS ASSOCIATE
Rippetoe, who served as the MSU novice coach from 2000-2004, was promoted to assistant coach in 2004 and associate head coach in December 2006. Primarily guiding the Spartan varsity fours, Rippetoe has led her boats to Big Ten Championships in 2004 (second varsity four) and 2005 (varsity four). In 2007, Rippetoe directed the varsity four to a third-place finish at the Big Ten Championships and seventh at the South/Central Regional.
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