The Mercyhurst University men’s rowing team finished its regular season at the Mid-America Collegiate Rowing Association (MARCA) Championship in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
The championship was hosted by the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University.
Here, the Lakers raced against some of the best crews in the nation which was a good preparation race for the most important race of the season which they will be attending next.
The race was an experience for the teams as weather conditions delayed the tournament for several hours.
Mercyhurst finished strong at this tournament with the men’s varsity eight finishing fourth in the finals. The lightweight eight won gold in the grand final. In the lightweight four, the A boat took silver in its heat and the B boat took third.
“Winning medals is really one of the best feelings an athlete can feel, especially at such a prestigious race; however, our team has re-define definition of success,” sophomore rower Milos Veres said. “For us success is when you give a 100 percent and you know that rest of your teammates is doing the same. That is something beyond winning, something beyond all those trophies and medals.”
The Lakers will travel next to Philadelphia for the Dad Vail Regatta on May 10 and will be an all-day event. This is the largest collegiate rowing regatta in the United States. Mercyhurst will compete against over 100 other teams from colleges around the United States at this event.
As the rowing season is coming to an end, Mercyhurst will be losing four seniors Xavier Alexander, Zac Pappas, Kate Moran and Arden Gill. “They are such a great people and athletes. On behalf of the team I wish them luck,” Veres said.