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.
"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack in strength, but rather a lack in will. " -Vince Lombardi
Major: 4th year Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Islamorada, FL
Prior experience: If throwing the graphite fly rod counts, then I've been rowing for a long time.
What I enjoy: The smell of carbon fiber s-glass and vinylester resin in the morning
Date: May 13, 2016
Location: Philadelphia, PA
The Dad Vail Regatta is the largest intercollegiate rowing event in the United States and a two-day event.
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 Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, 2016, Georgia Tech Crew raced against crews from across the south and slightly beyond in the SIRA Championship Regatta in Oak Ridge, TN. The weather was sunny and warm throughout, with some wind in the afternoons.
The novice men’s four had a fantastic time trial, placing third overall and advancing to semis that afternoon. They managed to win their semifinal by just under a second, which put them in good position for the A final the next day. After a tough race, the novice men placed fifth in their final. The novice men’s eight was seeded eleventh after their time trial and advanced to semifinals. Their semi later that afternoon saw them place fifth to a quick Delaware eight. They then placed sixth in the B final on Sunday.
The novice women’s first eight placed tenth in their morning time trial, which saw them advance to semifinals. After some suspicious coxswain activity by other crews, Tech’s eight found themselves in third place and in the A final the next day, where they placed sixth. The novice women’s second eight’s time trial was a race for lanes, and the eight rowed to a fifth place finish. Their final the next day saw them place fifth as well, behind strong crews such as Purdue, Kansas State, and Tennessee.
The varsity women’s eight had a high-flying time trial, which saw them top the time trials over Clemson. Their semifinal later that afternoon also saw them cruise to first by a little more than a boat length. They fell to Clemson in the A final the next day by six seconds but did earn silver medals in what was a very large field. The varsity women’s four placed tenth after time trials and advanced to semis. After a tight semi that saw only a three second difference between second and fourth place, Tech placed fourth and went to the B final, where they placed fifth.
The first race of Saturday was the time trial for the men’s double, which saw Tech row to a ninth place finish, and a slot in the B final. The double went on to place second in the final later that afternoon. Next up was a fourth place finish and a slot in the A final for the men’s pair. The pair went on to fourth in their final on Sunday, only four seconds back from third place finishers, Rollins. The lightweight men’s eight, who raced in the junior varsity eight event, placed tenth in the time trials, which saw them through to the B final. They placed second in the B final and were the second fastest lightweight crew in the event. The varsity men’s four raced for the first time in their new four, The Edmonds, named in honor and memory of Brian Edmonds, and they placed first in the time trial by over ten seconds. They then easily won their semifinal that afternoon. The next day, they won the final easily and received more betting shirts than they could carry.
Georgia Tech Crew’s next race is the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14.
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