History

Read about the major events and successes in Georgia Tech Crew’s history.

At the GTCA website, you can also learn more about the team’s full history or the team’s boat history.

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Feel free to jump to a decade:

1980s

1985

Club is founded by Michael May and Mark Turner, both runners no longer eligible to compete in track or cross country.

1986

Club is officially chartered and recognized by the Institute. Team heads to Miami Boat Club for first Spring Break training trip.

1988

Mr. John Hunter, a lover of rowing, has a dream to see shells row up and down the river behind his house. He becomes the major benefactor of GT Crew, dedicating a portion of his life to help the team not only by contributing financially but also by instilling virtues such as work ethic.

1990s

1993

Team earns first Dad Vail Medal. The men’s lightweight 8+ begins to make a name for itself, earning a third place finish at the Dad Vail Regatta and second place at the Champion International Regatta.

1994

Former U.S. National Team rower, Robert Canavan, begins coaching for GT Crew.

1996

Rosalind Meyers becomes the team’s faculty advisor. Team’s trailer crashes on the way to the Dad Vail. Through the kindness of a friendly patron, Willis Taylor, the remains are towed, and the team continues its way to Philadelphia despite the University’s order to return home. Team finishes third overall but because of its decision, is prohibited from rowing in the fall of 1996.

2000s

2000

Team wins its first Dad Vail gold in the Men’s Frosh/Novice Lightweight 8+.

2003

Tech takes second in the Men’s Open 4+ and the Men’s Varsity 4- events at the IRA Championship.

2004

Tech’s women win first Dad Vail gold in the Women’s Varsity Lightweight 4+.

2006

Tech medals in the Men’s Collegiate 8+ at the Head of the Charles for second year in a row.

2007

Tech takes gold in the Men’s Varsity Lightweight 8+ at the Dad Vail for second year in a row.

2008

Georgia Tech Crew Affinity Group (GTCA) officially forms. Founding members: Anne-Marie DeBacker, Bob Baxley, and Cassi Niemann, Marc Millard, Sarah Wilson, Nick Grivas, Catherine Owens.

2009

Tech’s men earn second in men’s team points at the Dad Vail for third year in a row. Tech brings home its first ACRA National Championship medals: gold in the Men’s Lightweight 8+ and the Men’s 2- and bronze in the Men’s 1x. Coach Rob Canavan is named ACRA Regional Coach of the Year for the South.

2010s

2010

Team starts endowment fund through the Georgia Tech Foundation. Tech’s Lightweight Women’s 8+ takes silver at the Dad Vail.

2011

The Georgia Tech heavy 4+ takes Gold at the Dad Vail and Silver at ACRA while the Women’s light 8+ takes silver at the Dad Vail.

2013

Tech’s women earn first Head of the Charles medal with a bronze in the Women’s Collegiate 4+ event.

2015

Tech’s men won gold at ACRA National Championships in the Heavyweight 2V4+. The Women’s 2- and Women’s Lightweight 4+ took home bronze.

2016

The varsity men’s heavy four won gold and the novice men’s four took bronze at Dad Vails. The varsity men’s heavy four and the novice men’s four both won silver at ACRAs.

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