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Posted on Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 12:30 p.m.

Ford Lake hosts 2013 Mid-American Rowing Championship

By Courtney Sacco

Originally slated to be hosted in Indianapolis, the 2013 Mid-American Rowing Association Championships was moved last-minute due to flooding to Ford Lake in Ypsilanti on Saturday morning.

Starting the day early, the first event began at 8:30 a.m. and went all day, holding the last event at 5:30 p.m.

The races included rowers in four-person and eight-person teams for men's and women's novice and varsity, and men's and women's pairs and singles. staff photographer Courtney Sacco was at the championship to capture these images.


Bruce Madej

Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 8:10 p.m.

Please note - Courtney Sacco is a photographer, not a reporter/writer. Remember when newspapers used to have back pages with a headline and cutlines for the pictures? I would equate this piece with that type of 'story' If this was an event'd have winners, number of competitors, etc


Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 12:28 p.m.

This was way cool to see.

Charley Sullivan

Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 10:11 p.m.

For anyone interested, the results can be found at the link below. Local highlights: The Michigan Men sweep the main men's eights events, winning the Varsity, Second Varsity and Freshman Eights events. Michigan State was second in the Men's Varsity Eight, Grand Valley was third. The Eastern Michigan Women were third in the Women's Varsity and Second Varsity Eights, and fifth in the Novice Women's Eight. Grand Valley won the Women's Eights event. followed by Mercyhurst College. Full results:

Kyle Mattson

Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 12:51 p.m.

Thanks for sharing that link Charley!

Ralph Katz

Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 7:55 p.m.

Also included mens & womens doubles. Nice shots. Thanks for the coverage!

Courtney Sacco

Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 8:48 p.m.

Thank you Ralph, it was a great event to attend and photograph


Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 5:52 p.m.

A rowing championship was moved because of flooding? That's all you're going to say about that?

Courtney Sacco

Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 6:29 p.m.

81wolverine - having read your comment i just wanted to state this was a college level event.


Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 6:16 p.m.

Sounds kind of strange doesn't? Yes, the writer could have said something more about that, plus what age group the rowing event was for (assuming high school level). But flooding can force the cancellation or moving of rowing events for a number of reasons. One of which is the flooding may also be accompanied by very swift currents. This can be dangerous, especially if a boat were to swamp. Also, the flooding will often cover the adjacent areas on the banks where the rowers stage their boats and equipment. Another problem could if the rowing event is on a river where there may be bridges that the rowers have to row under. The higher water levels may result in it not being safe to go under the bridges. Anyway, that's a couple of the probable reasons the event had to be moved.