Archived News: 2010: February

February 1, 2010

Spring 2010 Race Schedule Announced

Mark your calendars! The tentative race schedule for Spring 2010 is here.

2/6 Atlanta Erg Sprints (Atlanta, GA)
GT will fight to regain their point title from last year’s winner, Emory Crew.
2/27 A-Town Cup (Roswell, GA)
GT will scrimmage UGA and Emory at home this year.
3/6 SERCS (Aiken, SC)
GT takes on local crews including UGA.
3/13 Scrimmage vs Grand Valley State University (Location TBD)
Now an annual event, GT will scrimmage GV while they are down for Spring Break.
3/27 John Hunter Regatta & San Diego Crew Classic (Gainesville, GA and San Diego, CA)
Immediately following the team’s Spring Break training, the MV8+ will head to Cali. while the rest of the team defends its “home water” at the JH Regatta, hosted by GT and St. Andrew RC.
3/28 Lanier Sprints (Gainesville, GA)
Select small boats will compete.
4/10 FIRA (Sarasota, FL)
GT will fight to become the unofficial Florida state champions again.
4/17-18 SIRA (Oak Ridge, TN)
The southeastern championship. GT will fight to prove itself against strong crews like Purdue, Jacksonville, and Delaware.
5/7-8 Dad Vail (Philadelphia, PA)
GT’s men will strive to move to 1st place in men’s team points after three years in a row as the runner up, and GT’s women have their eyes set to earn more DV medals than any other group of GT women thus far.
5/22 ACRA (Oklahoma City, OK)
Select boats will head to this club national championship regatta.

Changes in the schedule may occur. Check our Schedule & Results page for a list of the upcoming race and event locations, and look here for the most recent GT Crew racing news.

February 6, 2010

Spring off to Impressive Start - Atlanta Erg Sprints Recap

The 2010 Atlanta Erg Sprints concluded about three hours ago here at the GT Campus Recreation Center with Georgia Tech taking 1st place in Team Points. Not only did GT do well as a team, there were several impressive performances, gold medals, and personal records on all four squads. Here is a recap of the events GT was entered in:

Novice Women
The novice women had a good showing overall with Betsy McLaughlin taking home a silver medal and five rowers finishing in the top ten.

Novice Men
First year GT rower, Seth Parker, took home the gold and the Gold Hammer award for setting a new record time in the Novice Men’s category. Chris Depweg of the GT Novice Men’s squad got the silver medal. Five GT rowers finished in the top ten.

Lightweight Women
This was a close race from the start. Amie Martell, last year’s fourth place finisher, took 1st place, narrowly edging out Saint Andrew’s coach and GT Alum, Katherine Mejias. Carlee Schmidt took the bronze medal. GT dominated this event, taking nine of the top ten spots.

Lightweight Men
In one of the most exciting races of the day, Sean Gibel took the gold medal and set a new personal record of 6:29.9, beating out last year’s winner, Will Bringgold of Emory. Five of the top ten finishers were from GT.

Open Women
Last year’s bronze medalist, Sam Smelly, represented the women well, securing the Silver medal this year ahead of GT Alum and Emory coach, Joy Smith (4th place).

Open Men
This was probably the most competative race of the day. David Judah and Matt Watters were GT’s top two this year, taking 4th and 6th place respectively. Drew mason finished 8th, and Seth Parker also had a respectable finish for his second race of the day.

Coxswain
Novice coxswain, Matthew Gianelli, won the men’s race with Kris Batol, V-Women coxswain, taking the bronze. V-Men’s cox, Savannah Cookson, got a bronze medal.

Team Relay
GT’s Quads of Fury with David Judah (4th Open men), Drew Mason (last years bronze in Open Men), Sam Smelly (Silver in open women), and Carlee Schmidt (Bronze in lightweight women) won the team relay for the second year in a row.

A special thanks goes out to the GTCA for running the event and making it all happen!

Pictures and results still to come. Click here for full results.

*Check out the coverage of Atlanta Erg Sprints and GT Crew in the February 11 edition of The Technique*

February 12, 2010

GT Crew in the Technique

GT Crew hosts Atlanta Erg Sprints to open spring season

“Tech’s crew team served as the host for the Atlanta Erg Sprints on Saturday, Feb. 6. The day-long competition has become a prominent event for GT Crew, serving as the kick-off of the spring season for Tech’s largest sporting club. This year the Jackets started off the spring on a high note as they took first place in total team points.

The annual competition at the CRC features current rowers from Tech and other Southeastern colleges along with junior teams and GT Crew alumni, who have a large presence at the event.

Overall, Tech took the team points title in a strong performance as the Jackets transition from the endurance-based fall season to the more strength-based spring season.

While Georgia and Emory appear on the spring schedule, Tech’s goal remains the same as ever: to reach and perform well at the Dad Vail Regatta, the early May intercollegiate competition in Philadelphia that is the de facto championship event for the Jackets.”


(Keun Hwa Yoo/Student Publications)

Click here to read the whole article by Nishant Prasadh, Sports Editor for Georgia Tech’s newspaper, the Technique.

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