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May 29, 2016

ACRA National Championships

On Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2016, Georgia Tech Crew took seven boats to the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championships, held at the Lake Lanier Olympic Course in Gainesville, GA. The regatta pits the top club teams from across the country against each other. The weather was warm and sunny throughout, with a tailwind and massive wakes for most races.

The varsity women’s pair of Rachel Stacks and Anne Blair Bonin started off the weekend with an easy second place finish in their heat, which saw them straight through to the grand final on Sunday. Bright and early on Sunday morning, the pair which had only rowed together for a few weeks managed a sixth place finish. The varsity men’s pair of Steel Templin and John Riordan raced to a fourth place finish in their heat behind fast crews such as Lafayette, Rochester, and Michigan. They raced in repechages later that afternoon, where they placed second by less than a second to Virginia, which saw them through to the B final. The men romped to a three second victory over Charleston in the B final on Sunday. The women’s single had a race for lanes on Saturday afternoon, where she finished second. On Sunday morning, she raced to a sixth place finish in the grand final.

The novice men’s four raced to a large victory over second placed UCSB in their heat on Saturday which was enough for a berth in the grand finals. The boys raced to a second place finish, less than a second behind winners, Rhode Island. They celebrated their silver medals, which were the first ever novice men’s medals won by Tech at ACRAs. The novice women’s four finished seventh in their heat on Saturday morning. They raced in reps later that afternoon, where they finished sixth over Chicago.

The varsity men’s four placed first in their heat over Orange Coast, which saw them through to semi-finals on Sunday morning. The men placed first by three seconds over Michigan in their semi and advanced to the grand final. The men raced hard to a silver medal finish, just five seconds behind UC Irvine. The varsity women’s four placed fourth in their heat, behind eventual winners, UC Irvine. After placing third in reps, they raced in the B finals the next day. A hard-fought race led to a fourth place finish in the B final.

In addition, we had two rowers make the ACRA All-Region team this year. Congratulations to Jack Olinde and Joshua Johnston who made the Southern team on the basis of 2k times, race results, and leadership within their team.

The ACRA National Championships marked the end of Georgia Tech Crew’s spring racing season, which saw lots of hard-earned medals, a Dad Vail victory, and one of the best seasons in the team’s recent history.

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