PDF 2017-18 Rowing Schedule
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women's rowing head coach Matt Weise has announced the 2017-18 Spartan rowing schedule. The race schedule is loaded with Big Ten Conference rivals and competition from the PAC-12, Ivy League, and the ACC.
The Spartans, who finished No. 19 in the final Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) poll last season, will face 16 of last year's Top 20 teams throughout the year.
"The schedule is set up to prepare the team for a return to the NCAA Championships in May", said Weise. "Every race will provide valuable opportunities for us to test our speed and will push us to perform and execute at the highest level."
The fall season features two home races. On Sept. 16, the Spartan varsity boats will race No. 16-ranked Notre Dame, and a month later, the team participates in the Head of the Grand (Oct. 15). The following week, the varsity eight heads to Boston for the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta, while the novices get their first racing experience against No. 3-ranked Michigan on Oct. 28. The fall season wraps up at Ohio State on Nov. 4, where MSU will line up with Indiana, Syracuse, and Ohio State.
The spring Championship season begins with two training trips to Sarasota, Fla., which is the host site for the 2018 NCAA Championships.
The Spartans will train during spring break in Oak Ridge, Tenn., which will lead the team into the season-opening Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational (hosted by Louisville) for two days of racing (March 17-18).
Following the Cardinal Invite, the team heads east to Camden, N.J. for races against Harvard and No. 7 Yale on March 24, then heads to the opposite coast and Redwood Shores, Calif. for the PAC-12/Big Ten Challenge against Cal, USC, and No. 6 Stanford on March 31.
April begins with a Big Ten Double Dual in Ann Arbor (April 7) against No. 15 Iowa and No. 12 Indiana. On April 22nd, the Spartans return to Columbus, Ohio for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge to race No. 20 Duke and Notre Dame.
Michigan State will host Eastern Michigan for a series of scrimmages on April 28th in a final tuneup for the Big Ten Championships in Indianapolis (May 12-13).
The NCAA Championship Regatta will be held in Sarasota May 25-27.