Archived News: 2009: Fall

August 31, 2009

New Season, Same Goals–Crush and Kill!

After the families pulled away and the tears were shed from fall move-in, a select group of students had more important things on their minds, things like erg tests, catch placement, body prep, spandex, and winning medals. Georgia Tech Crew is back on the Hooch and its competition better watch out.

With new assistant coach, Alex Porter, and several incoming freshmen rowers, the men’s team continues its youth movement with only four rowers and one coxswain set to lose eligibility this spring. However for Georgia Tech Crew, youth is not an excuse for mediocrity as the team still returns eight rowers who earned medals at the ACRA National Championship. The women’s team will use last year’s reloading time as a springboard for success this year. They return their entire team which includes a gold-medal winning boat at the SIRA Regatta.

With superior coaching, skill, athleticism and determination Georgia Tech Crew will do its part to win races this year. We only ask that our fans do theirs! Come to the regattas and support your favorite crew:

10/10/2009 Head of the Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN): Last year, Georgia Tech had to compete in borrowed boats because of the unfortunate trailer accident. This year they’ll be bringing their own fleet on their own trailer that was fully funded by the Georgia Tech Crew Alumni (GTCA).
10/17-10/18/2009 Head of the Charles (Boston, MA): The women’s team placed 4th in the Collegiate 4 last year. This year both teams are expecting to be in medal contention as Georgia Tech Crew brings its fleet northward. (A couple of friendly faces amid strange Yankees are always welcome here)
11/07/-11/08/2009 Head of the Chattahoochee (Chattanooga,TN): The big race of the Fall for all schools in the South. The Head of the Hooch pits Georgia Tech Crew against some of its stiffer competition in the South. The women have to face very competitive Division I NCAA crews, like Clemson, while the men take on varsity crews like Jacksonville, and perhaps Florida Tech.
11/14/2009 Head of the South (Augusta, GA): The final race of the fall season for Georgia Tech Crew. There’s no better way to finish the season than with a win at the Head of the South. Come help cheer for our athletes as they try to do just that.

9/25-26/2009 Parents’ Weekend at Georgia Tech
9/25-26/2009 Recruit Weekend for GT Crew
10/17/2009 Homecoming: If you can’t go to Boston… GTCA tent for the homecoming game against Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (note: NOT the same kind of Tech…)
11/20/2009 Tail of the Beaver (Roswell, GA): We hope to continue our annual fall scrimmage against UGA and mix things up by doing some mixed rowing and inviting some other schools to participate. If you’re a local, you don’t want to miss this!


September 22, 2009

Torrential Downpours Flood Boathouse, Practices and Events Affected

Recent, heavy rains have caused the water levels in the Chattahoochee to rise reportedly six feet above normal, flooding the surrounding areas, including Georgia Tech and Saint Andrew’s boathouse facilities. Nothing appeared to have been damaged as of late Monday morning, but as the situation worsened during the day and night, damaged and lost equipment was suspected.

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Saint Andrew’s Church parking lot filling with water on Monday morning, and the boathouse on Monday evening.

A special thanks goes out to coaches Dan McNair and Curt Browder, and all others who helped move and secure equipment for the two teams.

No decisions have yet been made regarding the visit and tour this Saturday for Parents’ Weekend, but check back for updates on a potential relocation.

September 24, 2009

Flood Aftermath: Boathouse Clean-up, Parents’ Weekend, and Recruit Weekend - See how YOU CAN HELP!

Although much of the water has subsided, the boathouse was left a mess from the flood, and the river is still not “rowable.” The park rangers have declared the river CLOSED, imploring that no one goes in or on the water without facing a maximum risk of 6 months in jail and a $5,000 fine. Due to these unforeseen circumstances, all the team can do for now is clean up its facilities and get on the ergs. GT Crew has been invited to row at Lake Lanier and will be taking trips there on weekends until the Chattahoochee is deemed safe.

Boathouse Clean-up – Saturday 7:30 A.M.
Georgia Tech Crew, alumni, and parents will be heading out to the boathouse behind Saint Andrew’s Church in Roswell on Saturday, September 26 (weather pending) to wash, sanitize, and repair as much as we can. Expect clean-up to start at 7:30A.M. and last until 11:00 A.M.

The team could really use your help. If you cannot come in person, you can still help by lending or donating any of the following items: an electric generator, buckets, sponges, assorted disinfectants and cleaning supplies, bug spray, yard tools (shovels, rakes, etc.), wheel barrows, brooms, compressors, etc.

Please contact if you can help in any way.

NOTICE: It is strongly advised to wear pants and to have the legs tucked into a boot that covers the ankle. Long sleeves and a hat would also help protect skin from mosquitoes and any contamination. Wear gloves and bug spray as well. Bring a towel and change of dry clothes and a trash bag for your gear that gets dirty. IT IS A MESS!

Parents Weekend – November 21st
We apologize to anyone who is coming from out of town for the GT Family Weekend but hope that you can make it out in November to visit the boathouse!

Recruit Weekend
Recruit weekend will still go on as planned aside from some minor adjustments due to flood damage. The 18 high school students will still get to tour campus, learn about the team, meet current rowers, and enjoy a variety of social events, including the football game against UNC. The students will no longer be heading to Six Flags as the park sustained significant water damage. Instead they will be going to see the GT Women’s Volleyball team play N.C. State. Unfortunately due to the mess and potential safety issues, the high school recruits will not get to see the facilities or row with us, but there will be other events for them on Saturday.

October 13, 2009

GT Crew Wins by a Landslide at the Chattanooga

Despite the lack of practice time on the water due to flooding and contamination in the Chattahoochee, Georgia Tech Crew had a great showing at their season opener, the Chattanooga Head Race, on Saturday, October 10, marked by strong showings by all four squads.

On the men’s side, the Varsity Men took first and third place in the Men’s Collegiate 8+, and also fielded six other boats that earned medals in other events. The Novice Men took home silver in the Men’s Novice 8+ along with silver and bronze in the Men’s True Novice 4+ race.

The women had a strong showing as well. The Varsity Women stacked up well considering the tough competition with varsity programs. They took gold in the Women’s Lightweight 4+ and also finished ahead of all of the other club teams (as well as some varsity boats) in the Women’s Collegiate 8+ and Women’s Collegiate 4+ races. The Novice Women brought home gold in the Women’s True Novice 4+ and bronze in the Women’s Novice 8+.

Overall the team did very well, finishing 1st among twelve colleges for team points. Georgia Tech gained 653 points, more than 300 points above second place Clemson University Rowing Association, clinching the College Team Point Trophy by a landslide victory.

Check out our results page for all of GT’s results, or click here for full race results.

October 20, 2009

Georgia Tech Travels To Boston

This past weekend was the 45th Head of The Charles Regatta in Boston, Massachusetts, and Georgia Tech brought 5 boats to compete. On saturday both the Men’s and Women’s Collegiate 4+ raced, placing 17th and 6th respectively. Sunday’s racing was full of bad weather with many crews having to race in the snow, but Tech still had a strong showing with the Men’s and Women’s Collegiate 8+ placing 7th and 31st and the Men’s Lightweight 8+ placing 21st. Great job and congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s Head of the Charles.

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November 9, 2009

More Success In Chattanooga!

This past weekend GT Crew traveled to Chattanooga Tennessee to compete at this years Head of the Hooch Regatta. There were minor changes in the course, but with nearly 30 boats entered this year, GT Crew had one of its best years at the Hooch winning 7 medals with all crews racing strong to earn second in team points.

For the second year in a row, Georgia Tech finished second only to Clemson University’s Women in ACC and overall collegiate team points, but the gap was significantly smaller this year. Georgia Tech took home the gold in the Women’s Lightweight 8+, Men’s Lightweight 8+, and Men’s College and Club 8+, silver in the Men’s Championship 8+ and Men’s Lightweight 1x, and bronze in the Women’s Lightweight 4+ and Women’s Novice 8+. Click here to check out all of the team’s results, or go here for full race coverage.

Thanks to everyone who came out to support us this beautiful weekend in Chattanooga and congratulations to all the competitors! LETS GO TECH!

November 16, 2009

GT Closes Out Head Race Season Strong, One More Race this Fall

Georgia Tech Crew had another strong showing at this year’s Head of the South Regatta in Augusta, GA on Saturday, November 14, 2009. Of the 10+ colleges represented there, GT finished second, just behind Jacksonville, a varsity program, by only ten points for the collegiate team point trophy.

Again, Tech saw strong racing from both the men and the women, bringing home 13 medals overall. The women impressed, taking home gold in the Club 8+, Lightweight 8+, and Lightweight 4+, and silver in the Women’s Champ 8+. Them men also took silver in a close race with Jacksonville in the Men’s Champ 8+, in addition to silver medals in the Champ 1x and Lightweight 8+ and a bronze in the Champ 4+.

Read about GT Crew in The Augusta Chronicle’s coverage of the race.
Check out the full results and team point standings from this race.

While this was the last head race of the year for GT, the team has one more race left, a sprint race, to get them pumped up for Spring. Georgia Tech will be hosting a scrimmage against the University of Florida in Roswell, GA on Saturday, November 21. Although Emory backed out of the scrimmage, the teams still anticipate a very exciting race.

November 23, 2009

UF Scrimmage, Recruits and Parents Visit

This year for the annual Tail of the Beaver Scrimmage, Florida Crew brought two men’s eights and a women’s eight to race GT Crew in Roswell, GA on Saturday, November 21. Each boat competed in three, 1500m sprint pieces. Both schools had good races. GT’s MV8 came out on top with the fastest piece of the day, beating UF’s MV8. GT’s MJV8 beat UF’s V8 and UF’s MN8.

On the women’s side, for the first piece, Tech’s club 8 finished first with half a boat length on UF and Tech’s lightweight 8 not far behind. For the last two pieces UF managed a win on the two Tech boats by a small margin. The “Tail of the Beaver” served as a nice transition from head races to sprints and gave UF and Tech a chance to meet on the water before April.

That wasn’t all that happened this weekend. Ten high school recruits came to visit campus, meet the team and coaches, and race in the scrimmage. This was the second of two recruit weekends this fall. Check back in the Spring for information on our recruit weekends and how you can set up an individual visit with the team.

Additionally, many parents came to visit the boathouse and learn a little more about the team. GT Crew would like to thank all of the parents who came by and all of the parents who have supported us this season. We can’t do it without your help!

November 25, 2009

2010 Team Calendar

The GT Crew 2010 Calendar is here! The 2010 calendar includes pictures of rowers and alumni from the past year’s races and events as well as dates of races and important events. It makes a great gift, and it’s a great way to show your support for the team year-round.

Place your order here now to get it in time for the holidays!

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