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About the Team

From its humble beginnings, Marquette Crew has established itself as a serious competitor in collegiate rowing. Competing against other club teams as well as many varsity programs, Marquette Crew has found itself in a position to succeed on the highest level. Having brought back to Milwaukee medals from two of the most prestigious races in the country, in the Dad Vail Regatta and the Head of the Charles Regatta.

Today, Marquette Crew is partnered up with the Milwaukee Rowing Club who graciously help the team by allowing them to use boats, oars and other rowing equipment. Today, Marquette Crew has two 4+ racing shells, a training room on campus for erging (indoor rowing), and currently rows out of the new Milwaukee Boathouse which opened in Fall 2003.

Today the team has around 50 rowers and is under the direction of head coaches of the team are Zach Savage (men) and Diana Millspaugh (women).

Formation of the Team

Marquette Crew got its humble beginning in the spring of 1990. Liz Shanahan and Beth Ohmann, two transfer students from St. Joseph, Minnesota, brought their love for rowing and their strong work ethic to Marquette and helped establish Marquette Crew as one of the many new teams forming in the Midwest.

At the first informational meeting that spring, over 150 interested students came to hear more about the sport. Despite this large turnout, there were only 18 charter members. Now that a team was formed, a coach was needed. Enter Nick Schroeder. Schroeder was a coxswain at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His resume included a seventh-place finish in the Elite Eights event at the 1971 Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. Schroeder signed on to be the first coach of Marquette Crew, and helped build the team from inexperienced students to accomplished rowers. For the first 4 1/2 years he coached all four squads: Varsity men and women, and novice men and women.

Official Website:

http://www.marquettecrew.com/


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