Crew Club keeps up the pace St. Thomas Newsroom May 9, 2000 After winning the men’s championship trophy at the Upper Midwest Collegiate sprints April 16, the St. Thomas Crew Club is keeping up its winning ways.At the Midwest Rowing Championships April 22 in Madison, Wis., the team placed second in the men’s lightweight four, third in the women’s novice eight and first in the petite finals of the men’s novice four (a four-man boat of first-year team members). A host of teams competed at this regatta: the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Texas, Marquette University, Grand Valley STate, Washington University, the University of Kansas, Miami of Ohio, Creighton University, Lawrence University, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Wichita State, Indiana University, Oklahoma State, the University of Iowa, the University of Tennessee, St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, and St. Cloud State University.The Great Plains Rowing Championships April 29-30 in Topeka, Kan., brought even more spectacular finishes: first-place finishes for Tommie teams. The UST club placed first in the men’s lightweight four, first in the women’s novice eight, first in the men’s novice eight, first in the women’s novice four and first in the men’s open double (“open” means a heavyweight boat; this one has two rowers). Other competitors at the regatta included Colorado University, Kansas State, the University of Kansas, Oklahoma City University, Creighton University, Wichita State, Kansas City Rowing Club, Dalls Rowing Club, Topeka Rowing Association, St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, and St. Cloud State University.The Crew Club travels this weekend to St. John’s, where they are heavy favorites; the Tommies have won the overall team points trophy for a decade.On May 12-13 the club competes in the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, matching them up against some of the best teams in the country.If you’d like to know more about the Crew Club, contact club president Craig Dodson, (651) 690-1479.