Georgia Tech Crew was officially chartered in 1986, and has since grown from a team of four to a team of 90+ athletes, making it the largest club sport at Georgia Tech. The team is also one of the most successful organizations at Georgia Tech, consistently earning medals at the Dad Vail and ACRA national championship regatta for more than 12 years in a row.
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Date: May 28, 2016
Location: Gainesville, GA
GT Crew closes our season at the club team national championships at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.
On Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, 2016, Georgia Tech Crew returned to Philadelphia for the Dad Vail Regatta, the largest collegiate regatta in the country. The weather was windy and rainy at times on Friday, while races on Saturday were pushed into the morning to beat the impending storms.
The varsity men’s heavyweight four was the main event of the weekend, with the crew taking home Georgia Tech’s first Dad Vail gold medals since 2011. After a fourth place finish in Friday afternoon’s rainy time trial, the men raced to an open water victory over Middlebury in the semifinals. With a slot in lane 2 for the final, Tech sprinted to an emotional 1.6 second victory over Brock. With the Edmonds sitting proudly at the dock, David Miranda, Jack Olinde, Josh Johnston, Alec Kaye, and Fish Gloyd lifted the Thomas A. Curran Cup.
Later on Saturday afternoon, Tech’s novice men’s four would break a ten year drought of novice medals at Dad Vails when they won bronze behind Colgate and Michigan. After a fast heat which saw them place second to Colgate with the second fastest time overall, the novice men placed second in their semifinal to Army. Though they sat off the pace for much of the final, a powerful sprint saw Mario Dinatti, Ethan Nault, Noel Csomay-Shanklin, Sean Meiller, and Nikolai Peterson leap into third in the last 100 meters to secure bronze.
The varsity women’s eight placed third in their Friday morning heat behind eventual champions Massachusetts and Case. They raced in reps later that afternoon where the rain-soaked crew found themselves in second place, which was good enough for a berth in Saturday morning semifinals. The eight placed fourth in their semifinal behind fast Drexel, Delaware, and Army crews. Later that afternoon, a fifth place finish in the petite final saw the eight place higher than any recent Georgia Tech varsity women’s eight has placed at Vails.
The varsity men’s pair had a solid time trial at 6:52.02, which was good enough for ninth place and a slot in semifinals on Saturday. The pair fought hard for second place by just under .2 seconds over Rollins. In the finals that afternoon, the pair placed sixth overall, a fantastic achievement for a pair that had only a few weeks of preparation together.
The novice women’s eight placed third in their heat with a time of 7:55.68, behind Army and High Point. They advanced to semifinals the next morning where they placed sixth with a time of 8:04.83. The novice men’s eight placed fifth in their heat with a time of 7:10.89.
The men’s lightweight eight raced in a straight final on Saturday afternoon. They finished in fifth place behind Mercyhurst, Delaware, Purdue, and Geneseo. The varsity women’s heavyweight four placed 24th in their time trial with a time of 7:26.43, missing qualification for semis by 8 seconds.
Tech’s singles raced on Friday. The varsity men’s singles placed fourth and fifth in the same heat. The varsity women’s single placed fourth in her heat.
Georgia Tech Crew will close its season at the ACRA National Championship Regatta at Lake Lanier on May 28-29, 2016.
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