Archived News: 2009: February

February 7, 2009

Varsity Women success at Lanier Erg Sprints!

The Georgia Tech Varsity Women had a good showing today at the Lanier Erg Sprints by medaling in all the events that they had raced in. Samantha Smelley dominated competition in the Open Women category pulling a 7:35 minute 2k race, getting her first place. Also in the Open Women category was Meg Schroeder with an 8:05.9, and Katie Melvin with an 8:09.5. In the Lightweight women category, Amie Martell swept away the competition with a 7:50 2k. Not far behind was Sarah Sassler, getting second place with a 7:57.3.

Congratulations Varsity Women!

February 15, 2009

Atlanta Erg Sprints!

Georgia Tech Crew had a decent showing at the annual ERG Sprints held in the Georgia Tech CRC on Saturday, Feb 14th. There were many participants from many crews all around the southeast.

Georgia Tech Crew was first represented by our very own Curt Browder in the Senior Men category. As a previous hammer record holder, he was determined to set a new record, which he definitely accomplished by pulling a 6:17. Boy, that 39 year old sure can pull! Next for GT Crew was the Novice Women’s event, with three of our rowers placing in the top 10. Kaitlin Avra barely missed 3rd place, pulling a 8:01. Of the novice men, four novice men finished in the top 10, with Nathanial Rowe getting bronze with a 6:41!

Next the varsity squads were up. First, in the Lightweight Women’s Event, there were five top ten finishers, with a close finish by Amie Martell missing a third place medal. Of the Lightweight Men, six rowers finished in the top 10. Kavi Dotson had a great race, coming from fourth place, sprinting to get a silver medal with a 6:41. It was a close race for the Open Women event, with the top three finshers within 3 seconds of each other. Samantha Smelley finished with a 7:37 to get third place. The Open Men category had some impressive speed, as Drew Mason finished with a bronze medal with a time of 6:26.

Next, the coxswains women were up for the 1k cox’n race. Amanda Swanson and Brittney English both did well, but unfortunately did not place. In the cox’n men race, both Corey and Kris medaled. On a special note, Corey and David Liss but decided to man up and race in the lightweight men’s event and do a full 2k. David Liss got a 7:34, and Corey got a 7:40.

Next the coaches 500 meter dash was up, and again, Curt Browder tore up the erg with a time of 1:24! Unfortunately, Jordan Smith, Emory Coach/Former GT Crewer, pulled a faster time of 1:21 to get the gold. For the women coaches, Coach Jenny got third!

Concluding the day was the Team Relay event, where our stacked team showed the depth of our squads—Congrats Drew, Judah, Sam, and Jackie! That concludes the long day of ATL ERG Sprints!

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