The Men's Rowing team truly represents Michigan as the Leaders and Best. This year, the team posted a record of 74-4, winning both the Aberdeen "Dad" Vail and the ECAC National Invitational regattas. The Aberdeen "Dad" Vail Regatta is the largest intercollegiate rowing event in the country, drawing over a hundred colleges and universities. This led the entire team to its fourth consecutive American Collegiate Rowing Association Men's National Championship (2008-2011). The Men's Rowing team also won the Dad Vail regatta in 2005 and 2009. Plus, the team defeated Ohio State for the sixteenth consecutive year in 2011, extending the university's longest winning streak against the Buckeyes in any sport.
A club-varsity program in Recreational Sports, rowing is an unusually accessible sport on the college scene. Many participants come in with very little previous rowing experience. The Michigan team has produced two Olympians and several other national team members during Head Coach Gregg Hartsuff's 20 years of coaching in Ann Arbor. The Dad Vail trophy was presented by former Cambridge University rower Toby Wallace of Aberdeen Asset Management, the Dad Vail's title sponsor. You can follow this year's campaign on www.michiganrowing.org.
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