Season Preview: Skyline crew expects to keep rowing in the right direction


While there may be snow still lingering outside, the Skyline crew team is ready to get things rolling for another successful trip down the river. The Eagles have been working hard all off-season and have big expectations rowing into the spring season.

The Eagles had a huge year last season with 15 finals made (top six in the nation) across US and Canadian National Championships, bringing home four bronze medals. Skyline placed second (women) and third (men) overall as a team (out of 50 teams) at the Midwest Regionals which includes teams from seven Midwest states.

There is nothing in the water that indicates this season should be any different than a year ago.

“We have strong squads across the team and hope to keep up the momentum from last year’s efforts,” says Skyline Coach Kit Bennett. “The keys to success will be leading with integrity, staying focused on the process to reach each squad’s potential on and off the water.”

Top returning rowers on the boys’ side for the Eagles include seniors Brad Libs, Tej Bergin, Bruno Herbst, Justin Stone and Matt Nguyen. Seniors leading the girls’ side include Andi Krawcke, Layna Mathews and Lisa Zuiderveen.

Skyline has a strong freshmen women’s class including Lily Faris, Lilly Stevens, Caroline Plotner and Audrey Corriere.

Freshman Peter Nemececk was invited to a US early ID camp.

Skyline opens the season April 14 with a scrimmage against Pioneer, Huron, St. Ursula Academy and St Johns Jesuit from Toledo at Argo Pond in Ann Arbor. On April 21, the Eagles will participate in the Floodtown Regatta (Concordia University – finish line at east end of Gallup Park) and on April 28 in the Huron River Sprints (Concordia University – finish line at Gallup Park).

This year’s Midwest Championships are May 12-13 in Nashport, Ohio. The US National Championships are May 25-26 in Camden, NJ.

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