Permanent link for GVSU Club Softball takes the series against FSU 3-0 on November 10, 2021

The GVSU club softball team competed in their last fall season games against Ferris State University this past Sunday (11/7). GVSU went 3-0 in the tripleheader against the bulldogs. The scores were as follows: Game 1 (13-3), Game 2 (11-0), and Game 3 (15-0). Our player of the week was sophomore Emily Fontaine. Fontaine was 6/8 (.750) at the plate with five singles, a triple, and a walk. She played shortstop, third base, and even threw an inning on the mound, including one strikeout. She threw a combined no-hitter with our pitcher of the week freshman Bella Chinavare. Chinavare threw five strikeouts and allowed one walk in only three innings of pitching. GVSU finished their fall season going 11-1 in conference play and 15-3 overall. Currently, GVSU shares the Great Lakes East Conference title with Central Michigan University. GVSU’s first game back is March 27, 2021, with a home tripleheader against CMU for the conference title. Anchor Up!

Taylor Trudeau crushes one to the outfield

Emily Fontaine up to bat

Permanent link for GVSU Club Softball Sweeps SVSU on October 20, 2021


This past Sunday (10/17) the GVSU club softball traveled across the state to compete against Saginaw State University (SVSU). GVSU dominated in the field and at the plate defeating SVSU in a total of 14 innings. The game scores were as follows: Game 1 (W, 12-0) Game 2 (15-0) Game 3 (14-0). The team’s player of the week was junior Taylor Trudeau. Trudeau went 8-9 (0.888) at the plate including two doubles and a triple, caught for the second game, and even saw some time playing at shortstop. She had an excellent hitting day and each time she was in the box, she did her job. Trudeau scored four runs and had 8 RBIs. The team’s pitcher of the week was freshman Grace Odenbach. Odenbach had two complete shutouts in ten innings, striking out nine and allowing a total of four hits. She allowed zero walks and fielded four outs on the mound herself. The GVSU club team will take the field at home in a couple of weeks (11/7/21) against Ferris State for their final fall game of the semester. Anchor Up!

Permanent link for GVSU Club Softball Takes Series vs. MSU on October 11, 2021

The GVSU club softball team played some big rivalry games on the Sunday (10/10) of the family weekend. The team faced Michigan State for three conference games after falling to them in the championship of the Indy Invitational tournament the weekend prior. GVSU won the overall series winning two of the games and losing one. The scores were as follows: Game 1 (W, 11-8) Game 2 (L, 2-11) Game 3 (W, 5-3). The team’s pitcher of the week was junior Emily Odenbach. Odenbach started both the first and third games against MSU, pitching a total of ten innings striking out two and walking only two batters. The team’s player of the week was senior Riley Wertz. Wertz went 5-7 (0.714) at the plate with four singles, a triple in her first at-bat, and a base reached on error. She also played right field for the first and third games and had a total of five catches for the day. The club softball team is on the road next Sunday (10/17) for three conference games against Saginaw Valley State University. Anchor Up!

Permanent link for Rifle Earns Pair of Team Wins on October 6, 2021

WYOMING, MI – The Grand Valley State University Rifle Club participated in three Orion Scoring System Monthly Virtual Matches in September. Orion's Monthly Virtual Matches are a fun way for users to compare scores with other teams and shooters from across the country. The air pistol match consisted of 40 shots at 10 meters, the air rifle competition consisted of 60 shots also at 10 meters, and the smallbore competition consisted of 60 shots fired in prone, standing, and kneeling position at 50 feet.

Five Lakers participated in the air pistol event. Leading the way was John Martin (Holly, Michigan). Martin posted a top stage of 83 (out of 100) on his way to a 303 (out of 400). His score was good for 13th place overall. Close on Martin’s heels was Tristan Bruizeman (West Olive, Michigan). Bruizeman finished in 14th place with a 298. His three center shots were tops amongst the team. In the team event, Martin and Bruizeman were join by Jacob Schorr (Grand Rapids, Michigan) to post an 884 (out of 1200), good for fifth place.

Air Pistol Results:

Leading the way in the air rifle event was Cassie Coulston-Gerigk (Wayne, Michigan). She posted a score of 583.9 (out of 654), good for first place overall. She was joined by Alexander Straith (West Bloomfield, Michigan), and Kathryn Karas (Carleton, Michigan), in posting a team score of 1670.1, good for first place overall.  Straith finished third individually with a score of 569.5. A first-year shooter, Karas, posted a score of 516.7 good for fifth place.

Air Rifle Results:

In smallbore, Straith led the Lakers with a score of 533 (out of 600). The score was good for second place. Coulston-Gergik finished third, with a score of 531. Martin displayed his versality in rounding out the team score with a tally of 475, finishing fifth. Together, they finished first place as a team with 1539 (out of 1800).

Smallbore Results:

The mission of the GVSU Rifle & Pistol Club is to provide all students with the opportunity to participate in shooting sports, with an emphasis in three-position smallbore rifle, international air rifle, and air pistol. Regardless of skill or ability, all members can have a safe and enjoyable time interacting with fellow students and engaging in marksmanship. All equipment is provided, including guns, ammunition, and targets. The club meets Tuesdays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM and Thursdays 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM during the school year at the Grand Rapids Rifle & Pistol Club (1331 Nagel Ave SW, Wyoming). Practice attendance is not mandatory to be a member of the club; however, regular practice attendance is expected.

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Permanent link for Rifle Team Competes in State Championship on October 5, 2021

DORR, MICHIGAN – Unseasonably warm temperatures and calm wind conditions greeted 13 shooters, including seven current members of the GVSU Rifle & Pistol Club, who competed in the Michigan Rifle & Pistol Association’s 3-Position Conventional Smallbore State Championship at the South Kent Sportsman’s Club on October 3, 2021. The match consisted of 120 total shots fired from the prone, standing, and kneeling positions at 50 yards. The Michigan resident with the highest aggregate score is declared the State Champion.

The top Laker shooter was Alexander Straith (West Bloomfield, Michigan). He posted a score of 1158-38x for fifth place. He had a 388-14x in prone, 382-10x in standing, and 388-14x in kneeling. Straith was the second highest collegiate shooter, one place behind conference rival Brian Aliventi from the Zips Rifle Club. “Alex has been a top shooter for us his entire collegiate career. Given the inexperience of our current team, Alex’s leadership will be invaluable this season,” remarked Head Coach Cameron Zwart.

One of the least experienced shooters in the match was the Lakers’ first year shooter Katheryn Karas (Carleton, Michigan). She began shooting smallbore in September. She finished ninth with a score of 1088-20x. The score is tops on the Laker’s all-time list for a shooter in their first month. “Kate looks to be a very talented shooter. We’re excited to see her abilities on display this season,” added Zwart.

The aggregate was won by Emme Walrath, a high schooler from Wisconsin. She tallied a total of 1192-59x with also earned her top rankings in the junior and woman category. GVSU Assistant Coach Timothy Schmeltzer, the top Michigan resident, posted a score of 1187-53, earning his second consecutive State Champion title.

In addition to the individual matches, there was a team competition as well. Teams were comprised of four individuals from the same local club or organization. A pair of teams from Grand Valley State Rifle & Pistol Club entered. The GVSU-Blue team, comprised of Tristan Bruizeman (West Olive, Michigan), Karas, John Martin (Holly, Michigan), and Straith posted a score of 4371-70x for second.

GVSU Rifle & Pistol Club would like to thank the South Kent Sportsman’s Club ( for generously allowing the match to be held at their facility.

Full Results:

The mission of the GVSU Rifle & Pistol Club is to provide all students with the opportunity to participate in shooting sports, with an emphasis in three-position smallbore rifle, international air rifle, and air pistol. Regardless of skill or ability, all members can have a safe and enjoyable time interacting with fellow students and engaging in marksmanship. All equipment is provided, including guns, ammunition, and targets. The club meets Tuesdays from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM and Thursdays 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM during the school year at the Grand Rapids Rifle & Pistol Club (1331 Nagel Ave SW, Wyoming). Practice attendance is not mandatory to be a member of the club; however, regular practice attendance is expected.


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Permanent link for Club Softball Completes the Indy Invitational Tournament on October 5, 2021

This past weekend (Oct. 2&3) the GVSU club softball team competed at the Indy Invitational tournament in Elkhart, IN. The team went 2-1 in pool play facing the University of Michigan (L 0-2), Adrian College (W 6-5), and Western Michigan University (W 5-4). GVSU began bracket play facing Adrian College again, beating them 11-6 to move on to the semifinals against the University of Michigan. Timely hits, solid defense, and positive attitudes led the girls to a clutch win 4-2 over UofM and brought the team to the championship game. The final game was against Michigan State University and after a hard-fought battle, GVSU fell 2-4 against the Spartans, placing second overall in the tournament. Freshman Bella Chinavare was GVSU’s pitcher of the weekend, pitching twenty innings of the tournament with minimal walks and multiple clutch strikeouts. Junior Taylor Trudeau was GVSU’s player of the weekend going 9 for 14 at the plate. With a timely double against UofM in the semifinals, Trudeau drove in two runs to tie the score and keep the Lakers in the game. The club team looks forward to redemption against the MSU Spartans this Sunday (10/10) with three conference games at the GVSU ICA Softball Field.

Permanent link for Softball Season Opener Wrap-up on September 22, 2021

The GVSU Club Softball team opened their season with a sweep against conference team Lake Superior State University on Saturday 9/18. The team traveled to the UP Saturday morning and played a triple header with just two practices under their belt. The scores were as follows: Game 1: 5-0, Game 2: 20-10, and Game 3: 4-0. Great attitudes, solid defense, and focused at-bats led the girls to a 3-0 record, placing the team first in the Eastern Great Lakes Regional Conference. The team will continue to adjust and work hard at practice for the upcoming Indy Invitational Tournament on October 2&3.

Permanent link for Rowing Season Conclusion on May 4, 2021

Written by Student-Athlete; Anna Foster.

With the winter semester winding down these past two weeks, the Laker Navy wrapped up their last few weeks of training and the end of the spring racing season. Along with retesting the 2k distance on the ergs in the last week of practice, the 4 squads competed for more points in a series of technical challenges! These challenges included: time to dock the boat, how quickly athletes could spin 180o in the 4 and 8, time to de-rig and rig the 8, a steering challenge for the coxswains, how far the boats could glide without an oar touching the water, and the crowd favorite - coxie surfing! Each squad also got together to take a creative team photo. After a fun last week of practice at the boathouse, the Laker Navy was excited for one last race to conclude the spring season!

On Saturday, the 24th, athletes gathered for the final intersquad regatta. To best simulate what a typical regatta would be in a normal season, athletes raced over the standard 2000m distance and competed in heats, petite finals, and grand finals. The first races of the day were in the Novice 4+, with Team Haley and Team Melissa's crews both winning first in their heats. The next race of the day was the Men's 2x final, decisively won by juniors Eddie Pfannes and Will Van Houten of Team Eddie. Team Eddie also placed first in their heat for the Varsity 4+, preparing to face Team Melissa's crew in the grand final. Up next, the Women's 2x final was one exciting race to watch! Coming into the last 500 meters, Team Melissa's crew was leading the pack. But with one last burst of effort crossing the finish line, the powerhouse duo of senior Erin Vielbig and junior Emili Barth from Team Eddie took the lead to win the race! As Erin's last race as a GV rower, it was a special moment for these ladies and the rest of Team Eddie. Next up came the Novice 4+ finals, with Team Haley taking first for the third week in a row. The Varsity 4+ crews then raced once again, a thrilling finish that saw Team Melissa just taking first from Team Eddie by less than a second! In the final race of the season, Team Melissa's Mixed 8+ crossed the finish line first, followed by Team Haley, then Team Jaydon, then Team Eddie. With all racing completed, Team Melissa once again walked away as the winner of the day with 70 points, followed by Team Haley with 62, Team Eddie with 58, and Team Jaydon with 46. After a long season of dedication from the athletes, we are proud to announce Team Melissa as our spring champion with a total of 300 points! Team Haley finished in second place with 241.5 points. The battle for third place was a close one, with Team Eddie finishing with 222.5 points and Team Jaydon with 222 points. We are so proud of the hard work that all athletes demonstrated in this strange and unusual season!

After a successful day of racing from his squad, captain Eddie reflects on what he and his team have accomplished. He says, "April 24th was a strange day for the team this year. All of our squads had finished up our last practice the previous day, signing up for their boats to take out on the water and preparing for our final race of the season. There were also far fewer races for the day, only five events in total, compared to the previous week's 13 events. Lastly, the team would be competing for 500 meters longer than the two previous regattas, 2000 meters from start to finish. Despite all the changes, the squad took it in stride. My squad did the best we could with what was given to us and put out our best effort on the water. While our scores may not have reflected the best outcome for our races, our team improved significantly over the course of the semester. Personally, I would like to acknowledge the hard work that our novices put in over the course of the semester. From the beginning to the end of the semester, you could feel the difference in skill level that was built with their hard work.

"I would like to acknowledge both our Men's double (Van Houten and Pfannes) and Women's double (Barth and Vielbig), that put on a wonderful show during the race, taking first place for both their events, as well as an honorable mention for our Varsity four (Van Houten, Pfannes, Groessl, Gilbert, and Bulow), which took second in the Grand Final for the event. However, these results are not everything. What matters is that everyone put in the effort and had fun out there. I am happy to see how everyone did during our last race day and look forward to seeing how the team will continue to grow with time.

"Of course, I must acknowledge a few members of my squad that will not be able to return next year: Erin Vielbig, Will Van Houten, and Audrey Bulow. I truly am glad that I was able to have known every single one of you, and as you go off on your own adventures from here on out, I hope you won't forget us in the time to come.

"To finish up, I would like to say that I truly enjoyed every moment with my squad together, from beginning to end, from taking a long steady state row to posing for our photo in our own rendition of the Last Supper. It truly has been an honor to be your captain and hope that you have enjoyed this season just as much as I enjoyed it with you."

Later in the afternoon on the 24th, the team once again gathered to celebrate their accomplishments at the annual GVSU Rowing Banquet. It was an exciting chance to see our athletes all dressed up instead of in their normal uniform of spandex and visors! While this banquet was different from past years where we have dined with friends and family joining our celebration, we are grateful for the opportunity to come together as one and recognize our accomplishments throughout the season and the year. Members of each squad had taken the time to vote for which of their teammates was the most valuable player and the most improved player. Most valuable players were those that, though not necessarily the fastest member, were always willing to go above and beyond for their team; whether filling seats at practice, volunteering for another race, or arriving early to practice to help prepare equipment, these athletes consistently contributed selflessly to the good of their squad. The MVP awards for this spring season were earned by McKenzie Sandel, Noah Lasky, Hailey Engvall, and Erin Vielbig. The most improved player awards were given to those athletes that had shown substantial improvement and growth throughout the year. These MIP awards were given to Sam Sommerdyke, Trey Zichterman, Zoe Kalleward, and Margaret Jastifer. We want to thank each of these athletes for their hard work and dedication to this program! Finally, the banquet gave us a chance to recognize our graduating seniors, Erin Vielbig, Melissa Frank, and Noah Lasky. Each had the opportunity to deliver a senior speech and address the team one last time. Through their words, you could see the ways that being a part of this team has changed them and how they will carry these lessons to continually improve themselves throughout the rest of their lives. The impact they have left on this program and their teammates throughout their 4 years of rowing is immeasurable; from the bottom of our hearts, we thank them for everything they have done and wish them the best of luck and all our support for their future adventures.

With another successful racing season and finals week under their belt, athletes welcome the reprieve of the summer! Over the next few months, they will take the time to reconnect with friends and family, work a summer job, maybe take a few summer classes, or even pick up a new hobby. Regardless of where life may take them over these next few months, our teammates will continue to train and look forward to our hopeful return to the water and racing come the fall season. Thank you to all of our athletes for your hard work these past months. Enjoy your well-earned rest and, as always, continue to pull for the Laker Navy!

Permanent link for Intersquad Regatta #3 on April 26, 2021

Written by Student-Athlete; Anna Foster.

This past weekend, the Laker Navy completed their 3rd installment of the intersquad regattas. Earlier in the week, athletes began with some racing on the ergs, retesting the 6k distance. Many athletes hit a season personal best, and some even set new personal records! After some tough work on-land, racers hit the water for an obstacle course to practice their steering in small boats. Even Coach Dan took a spin around the course to show the rest of us that he's still got it! Saturday's racing really saw this work pay off, with lots of improvements both in the small boat and big boat categories. 

Athletes woke up bright and early Saturday morning for a busy day of racing! With 13 events total, athletes showed off all their racing skills in both small and big boats over the longer 1500m distance and some 500m dashes! The first race of the day was the Men's pair, which saw Anthony Vrooman and Kyle Emerson of Team Haley take the gold by 20 seconds. Next came the Women's 4+. The powerful ladies of Team Eddie took the title for this race, followed by Team Melissa in second place. Team Eddie also finished first in the Men's 1x, a close race was taken by junior Will Van Houten. The women of team Melissa came back for another win, grabbing first place in the Women's 2-. Team Jaydon then took their first win of the season, with freshman Jo Patterson taking the title in the Women's 1x! Next came the Novice 4+, with Team Haley defending their title for the second weekend in a row. Team Melissa's Men's 2x then had a decisive victory, beating out their competition by an impressive 30 seconds. After that, the Varsity 4+ 500m sprint came up to the line, a close race that saw team Eddie crossing first followed by all other crews within 6 seconds. Next came the Women's 2x, again going to team Melissa. Team Melissa also took first place in the Mixed 8+, edging out team Haley by 2 seconds. Team Haley came back for a first-place finish in the Novice 2x 500m sprint. The last race of the day saw Team Melissa cruise across the finish line first in the Mixed 8+ 500m with a time of 1:44.1. After a successful regatta, team Melissa took the title for the day with 68 points. Team Haley totaled 57 points for the day, closely followed by Team Jaydon with 55.5, then team Eddie with 47. Team Melissa still stands in 1st place for the season at 166.5 points. Team Haley comes in second with 139, Team Jaydon in third place with 131.5, and team Eddie close behind with 124. 

With their first win under their belt, Captain Jaydon says, "This spring season, my crew mates have set a standard for years to come. Although we may not have finished at the top of many races, our victories are too plentiful to count. A boat finishing one place higher than before, cleanly racing such that all of our power could be applied, walking on another boat, and even earning a first-place finish are just a few of the countless victories that motivated us to work harder and focus in preparation. In hindsight, our failures were the most valuable gifts of all. Finishing a regatta feeling the need to improve oneself for the sake of the team is a recipe for exceptional gains in the following days. Not only has our racing improved, but our team dynamics and sportsmanship have become exemplary of the Laker Navy. With selfless mentorship by our varsity members, the inexperienced members — and our crew as a whole — showed serious growth across many areas. Progress has been made both as individuals and as a unified crew. Through the course of this strange season, our team has developed a closeness with each other that will never fade. The highest honor any one of us could receive is the opportunity to be strapped in a boat with our newfound family and driving to the utmost capacity for our crew mates. That's what it's all about." Athletes all across the board will be spending this next week with some technical challenges, looking to further refine their technique and continue building boat speed. We're all excited for our last regatta this upcoming weekend and to see who will be the Laker Navy Spring 2021 Champion!

Permanent link for Busy Weekend for the Laker Navy on April 19, 2021

Written by Student-Athlete; Anna Foster.

This past weekend saw the GVSU Rowing Team accumulate a total of 68,000m on the water in two days! On Saturday, the second installment of the intersquad races was held at the proving grounds, a reservoir of still water located downstream of our boathouse. Still water allows for the truest measurement of rowing speed, and our team capitalized on that by showing off some great racing! Even after an intense day, many of our athletes still wanted to be on the water - so they took it upon themselves to make the trek following the river all the way to Grand Haven on Sunday morning!

Saturday's racing saw some very close finishes and exciting results. After a brief fog delay in the morning, the sun broke through; with the springtime weather warming up the water, the coach has given the all-clear for athletes to row some smaller boats once again. A great variety of events were raced this weekend, including double and single sculls! Once launched, these crews rowed to the start buoy and lined up bow-to-bow for a 1500m sprint. At the sound of the coach's "Attention - Row!" athletes sprang into action, fighting tooth and nail to get their boat across the finish line first.

The first race of the day was taken by Team Haley's Varsity 4- with a time of 5:38.1, followed by team Eddie in second place. Team Haley's Novice 4+ also took first in the next race, with team Melissa coming in next about 15 seconds later. Team Melissa's crews went on to win the next few events: the men's 2x, women's 2x, and the women's 4+. Up next came the men's 4+, the closest race and highlight of the day! Team Melissa's crew made it to the finish line first, trailed by the others within 10 seconds. Team Jaydon, Eddie, and Haley were the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place crews respectively, all finishing within 3 seconds of each other and staying in contact with the other boats throughout the entire race. The mixed 8+ event came next, another very exciting race! Team Haley finished 2.5 seconds ahead of Team Melissa's crew who were closely followed by Team Jaydon's. Athletes from the 8+s said that the race was a tough but rewarding one - everyone gave their absolute best effort, and the top 3 crews were bowball to bowball during the majority of the race.

After the 1500m races came the real fun - 500m dashes! A shorter distance means the intensity gets increased that much more, really allowing the athletes to show off the speed they have worked so hard to build. Jasper Lee, a talented freshman from team Melissa, took first place in the men's 1x, closely followed by his competitors from the other teams. Team Melissa also took 1st place in the Varsity 2x, with the powerhouse upperclassmen duo of e-board members McKenzie Sandel and Jacob Stone. Sophomore Isabel Albaitis of team Melissa took the women's 1x by less than a second, with the rest of her opponents finishing within 5 seconds! The mixed 8+ dash was the last event of the afternoon, a close race between all 4 crews that went to team Jaydon. Total points from the day put Team Melissa with 55.5, Team Haley with 50, Team Jaydon with 45.5, and Team Eddie with 43. The running total for the spring season now stands at Team Melissa with 98.5, Team Haley with 82, Team Eddie with 77, and Team Jaydon with 76.5. 

With some tough first places under their belt, Team Haley had a good weekend. Captain Haley speaks about her team, saying "I am really proud of how we did at this weekend's intersquad race! The prior regatta was a little rough because we only had 85% of our team there. But this past weekend, despite having some equipment issues with our boats, we were able to pull through on a couple of races and win some first places. It just goes to show that determination and perseverance really play into this sport. I am feeling pretty confident in this group, and we are planning for another great regatta this next weekend!" 

On Sunday morning, 27 of our athletes rowed to Grand Haven. Launching from the boathouse, the three 8+'s rowed downstream, traveling past the proving grounds where we had raced the day prior, to Spring Lake, through the Grand Haven channel, and finally to the Lake Michigan pier. The journey took about 4.5 hours and totaled in at nearly 30 miles - over a marathon. Athletes spent the time enjoying the new scenery the river had to offer, listening to music as their coxswain DJ-ed, and even playing Family Feud! Afterward, the team went to get ice cream to refuel and celebrate their accomplishment. Proud of the athletes, Coach Dan states that there are not many people in the sport who can say they've done these types of things. After a long weekend full of rowing, the athletes went home to rest and recharge for our next day of racing on 4/17!

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