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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On Saturday, November 12, 2016, Georgia Tech raced at the Head of the South regatta in Augusta, GA. The race was held over 5km on the Savannah River, which marks the border between Georgia and South Carolina. The weather was sunny and slightly crisp, with moderate winds throughout the course.
The varsity women began the day for Tech in the sculling events. Tech took second and third place in the Championship Single and second place in the Lightweight Single. Next up, the second and third eights raced in the Club Eight event. The second eight had the chance to race in a Vespoli demo boat, which saw them to a fifth place finish, while the third eight managed an eighth place finish. Midday, the women raced boats in the Championship Four event, which saw them earn first and second place. Two more fours placed tenth and sixteenth in the Club Four event, and the Lightweight Four and the Club Pair both earned silver in their races. To wrap up a successful day and season of racing, the varsity eight won first place in the Championship Eight event, with the second eight placing sixth.
The novice women began their day off with a gold medal finish in the Freshman Novice Eight race and a thirteenth place finish in the Collegiate and Club Novice Eight race. Racing in a predominantly varsity event, the novice women finished fourth in the Lightweight Four race in the afternoon. The novices finished up their regatta with two entries in the Collegiate and Club Novice Four race, where they placed eighth and fifteenth.
In the Club Four event, the varsity men began their day with second and eleventh place finishes. The Lightweight Four followed them with a gold medal finish in their race. They did not have to wait long for another gold medal because the Tech’s Club Pair won soon after. The men continued their day with the Championship Four race, where they placed second and fourth in a tight field. The men then managed second place in the Club Eight race, while the Lightweight Eight won gold in their race. Wrapping up their day and season with a bang, the varsity men won gold and bronze in the Championship Eight race.
The novice men kicked off their day with two entries in the Collegiate and Club Novice Four event, placing seventh and eleventh. They raced again in a varsity race, the Club Eight race. Tech’s three novice entries placed tenth, twelfth, and sixteenth, a fine showing against much more experienced crews. To finish their day, the novice men raced in the Collegiate and Club Novice Eight race, where they placed sixth, ninth, tenth, and sixteenth.
Tech secured the Collegiate Team Point Trophy once again by winning seven events and earning seven silver medals. This wraps up a successful fall season of racing for Tech which saw Team Point trophies won at Chattanooga Head Race, Head of the Hooch, and Head of the South. The team will now head indoors for winter training, three months of training on the ergometers to prepare for the competitive spring racing season. Tech’s next action is set to be at the Atlanta Erg Sprints at our very own Campus Recreation Center.
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