2017-10-19 / Sports

Rowing club makes waves at Head of the Grand Regatta


MEMBERS OF the Lake Leelanau Rowing Club Juniors compete Saturday in the Head of the Grand Regatta, an event hosted by the Michigan State women’s program in Lansing. MEMBERS OF the Lake Leelanau Rowing Club Juniors compete Saturday in the Head of the Grand Regatta, an event hosted by the Michigan State women’s program in Lansing. The Lake Leelanau Rowing Club (LLRC) Juniors aren’t just competing alongside the top programs in the state — they’re beating them.

The LLRC Juniors rowed their way to a third-place overall finish in Lansing Saturday at the 2017 Head of the Grand Regatta, which is considered by many to be the closest thing Michigan has to a fall state championship, required placing in several events. The program placed second in the men’s junior novice 4+, third in the women’s junior 8+, third in the women’s junior novice 8+, second in the women’s junior 4x, second in the men’s junior novice 8+, second in the women’s junior 4+, and third in the women’s junior novice 4+.

Ann Arbor Skyline and Ann Arbor Pioneer placed first and second in the 13-program competition with 81 and 56 points, respectively. The LLRC Juniors collected 37 points, outpacing the 27-point performance from the Detroit Boat Club Crew and 18-point outing from Ann Arbor Huron.

“Coming in third place overall behind two significantly larger clubs is a win for our team,” coach Megan Kuehm said. “Our rowers train hard on Lake Leelanau in all types of weather conditions and it showed on the Grand in Lansing this weekend.

“Second place in the men’s junior novice 8+ is a particularly satisfying result since it is the first time the guys have competed in an 8+ at a regatta.”

In fact, the novice men’s 8 was the first to ever represent northern Michigan in statewide competition.

“We’ve got some committed guys,” Kuehm said. “We’ve added a few as the season has gone on. Coach Mikayla Russell has been doing a great job with the guys.”

The LLRC Juniors will be back in action in their home regatta, The Leelanau Chase, a two-day rowing extravaganza at Fountain Point Resort on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29.

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