Spring Lake High School welcomes a new club sport with the addition of a Rowing Team! Currently about 20 girls and boys are interested in joining. It is a walk on sport with no experience required. Rowing is easy to learn. It mainly requires an interest, strong work-ethic and team-spirit. With the right attitude, anyone can learn to row; with determination, they can build the physical strength and ability to compete. Unlike many other sports which require elite training from a young age, rowing is something many high school athletes could easily continue to do at a collegiate level. The team already has members meeting daily for dry-land training on rowing machines called Ergometers. They plan to compete in an indoor regatta in Ann Arbor on February 28th. Many of the students are participating in other winter sports and so training sessions are not mandatory for spring participation. As soon as the ice melts, practices will begin on Spring Lake at the Spring Lake Yacht Club. All interested students should contact the team via email using the form on our home page.


To truly get the team off and rowing, we have set a goal of raising $17,000 by March 31st. This is a very short time line to raise a large amount of money. We are calling on local businesses and individuals to make free will donations to support the rowing team. We will recognize corporate sponsors by placing their company logos on our team website as well as in other ways appropriate to the level of contributions. We will also recognize individual sponsors in similar ways, according to their individual wishes and level of contributions. Because we are a 501 (c)(3), we are able to provide charitable contribution receipts.

Funds raised will go towards the capital expenditures including a very large trailer, shells, oars, equipment. We will be using good stewardship and purchasing good condition used equipment to start the program. Funds raised will also help with operational costs such as insurance, fuel, and coaching fees. Rowers will be paying a player participation fee to help off-set operational costs as well.



  • Friend of Spring Lake Crew Club: gift of up to $100 (receives car decal)
  • Sweep: $100 to 250 (receives car decal and team t-shirt)
  • Stroke: $250 to 500 (receives above plus indoor rowing lesson)
  • Coxswain: $500 to 1000 (receives above plus an on-water rowing lesson)
  • Commander: $1000 to 5000 (receives above plus oar naming rights)
  • Master in Charge: over $5000 (receives above plus racing boat/shell naming rights)

Any donation amount is appreciated! You will receive a charitable contribution receipt.

For convenience, you may use our online payment option. It is set in $50 increments. If you would like to be a “Friend of Spring Lake Crew Club, you would put two of these items into your shopping cart and then check out. Please be sure to leave your name and address in the comments section.
Thank you in advance for your support!


Head Coach Lauren Holben was a collegiate rower at GVSU for four years. Among other awards, she received a gold medal in the Varsity Women’s 4+ at ACRA National Championships, as well as silver in Women’s 8+ at Dad Vail her Junior year and 4th place at Head of the Charles in the Women’s Collegiate 8+ her sophomore year. She competed at the Henley Women’s Regatta in England, June of 2010. Lauren brings a high level of enthusiasm, passion and energy to the sport as well as a high degree of knowledge about proper conditioning and rowing technique. She has coached Adult Learn-to-Row classes for the Grand Rapids Rowing Association and has coached Rockford High School JV and Novice rowing teams in the past. She is CPR and US Rowing Level II certified. We are excited to have Coach Holben on board!

Paul Winter—President and Master in Charge
Amanda Rantanen—Secretary
Mike Gable—Treasurer
Michelle Tanner—Member at Large
Blake Phillips—Member at Large
Lauren Holben—Head Coach