MILWAUKEE – It was a historic day out on the water for MSOE rowing as they started the 2019-20 season at the Milwaukee River Challenge. Not only did the women's varsity team enter its first ever competition, but the men ended a long draught and brought home a title for the first time in over five year.
Men's Open Eight 1st Place 15:49.246
Cole Price (cox), Grant Oberfoell, Riley Buhr, Jacob Schilling, Ryan Hintz, Seth Kooiker, Frederick Rosenberger, Corbin Gustafson, Noah Shellans
Women's Open Four 9th Place 21:13.518
Kevin Fera (cox), Monique Landry, Rachel Hunter, Ciara Jarmain, Cypress Borgialli
HOW IT HAPPENED
Though the conditions could have been better, MSOE still had a very strong showing. Prevalent winds from the south and thunderstorms cancelled the men's open four, but the two teams that did race turned in impressive results.
For the first time since the 2013-14 season, the Red & White men's crew came away with an open eight victory. They have been very close at times, but this victory was significant for the morale of a team that looks to be trending upward on the speed side. For the women, even entering the race as their own team was an event in the making. The 9th place finish might bring some disappointment, but it's also deceiving. Out of the 15 teams that were participating in the open four, six of them were from the University of Wisconsin. No matter how you look at it, it was a great afternoon for the MSOE rowing teams as they look to move up from here.
WHAT'S ON DECK
Both teams will head north on October 6th to participate at the Tail of the Fox Regatta in De Pere, Wis.