The MSOE rowing team is coming off its sixth IRA Championships in seven seasons last season but will see a new-look lineup in its top crew this season.
Head coach Chuck Stollenwerk had talented depth last season and will now see that depth come to fruition as he seeks to fill three seats in the top Varsity 4 crew.
Senior Jonah Meffert is the lone returning rower from the boat that rowed at the national regatta and posted the fastest 2000m time in program history at 6:18.756). He will be joined in the fall by senior coxswain Francis Sena as Stollenwerk and his staff look to fill out the lineup around Meffert.
The Raiders had some strong showings in Varsity 8 races, posting a win at the Milwaukee Open and competing for the top spot in a thrilling Petite Final at the MACRA Championships, falling short by just 0.6 seconds. Five rowers from the top Varsity 8 lineup are back in 2018-19, headed by Meffert.
Senior Ryan Boatright and juniors Jake Craig, Peter Schwichtenberg, and Noah Shellans were also primary members of the first eight. Boatright and Schwichtenberg were fixtures in the second Varsity 4 crew and Boatright rowed in the JV 4 event at the Head of the Charles. Shellans was another member of that JV 4 crew and worked his way into the Varsity 8 boat after a strong fall.
Craig, meanwhile, is one of three returners from the team's Lightweight 4 boat. It's an experienced crew which will also include junior Soren Chapman-Aldridge for the fall and junior Nicholas Losch. Chapman-Aldridge and Losch were a part of a talented Varsity 8 'B' lineup and are prime candidates to fill out the top boat.
Senior Jake Schilling and junior Spencer Gorman are two more strong returners from the Varsity 8 'B' crew. Schilling also found success in a solo boat, taking second at the Tail of the Fox and in the Novice 1 at the Dad Vail Regatta.
The coxswain group will have to replace Sena, who was the top boat's director in each of the last two seasons. He'll stay with the team through the fall but Stollenwerk is on the lookout for another in a long lineup of strong coxswains for the Raiders.
Three coxswains are in their third season in the program in juniors Cypress Borgialli, Rachel Hunter, and Ciara Jarmain. All three have good experience in the Red & White boats but are also key members of the women's club team, making their roles with the men's boats a little more fluid.
Seven more rowers and a coxswain will enter the fray after rowing with the novice team last season. Stollowerk was happy with how the group progressed in their first taste of collegiate rowing.