Archived News: 2011: Spring

January 10, 2011

Team Takes First Strokes of the Spring Season

The team got back on the water this weekend after a winter of erging and conditioning. Both the men’s and women’s squads are ready to jump into training for the spring sprint season.

The women headed down to Jacksonville, FL for the weekend where they were fortunate to row out of the Jacksonville Episcopal High School boathouse. The warmer Florida weather provided a great environment for getting back on the water seven times in three days and all the women appreciated the opportunity to get work done on the water rather than on the erg. Special thanks to GT Coach Nick Marino, JEHS Coach Peterson and all the JEHS families who hosted and fed the team for making the weekend a huge success.

The Tech Menís Squad’s first practice was a great scrimmage with UVA at Lake Lanier. Despite not having been on the water for 5 weeks, both Novice and Varsity held constant contact on all of the pieces and beat many of the UVA 8s. The scrimmage was a great way to kick off the season and transition from winter training to the competitive spring season.

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February 4, 2011

First Race of the Season

Last Saturday, January 30th, the womens team went down to Lake Lanier for their first competition of the season, Lanier Heartburn Sprints. In the open weight category, Samantha Smelly and Meg Schroeder came in first and third . Caitlin Chapin and Carlee Schmidt came in first and third, respectively, in the light weight race, and to finish the day off Kris Batol came in third in the mens coxswain event. Caitlin Teague and Cassie Merrigan both competed in their first 2k race ever in the novice event. Both girls broke 8:10 and made a statement, “they are to be feared.” While Lanier is only a small event, it has pumped up the team for the rest of the season; we now have our sights set on Atlanta Indoor Sprints and even Dad Vails.

February 12, 2011

The Pain, The Glory, The Altanta Erg Sprints

Atlanta Erg Sprints, run by the crew teams very own GTCA (Georga Tech Crew Alumni), was a huge success this weekend. Individuals from Auburn, UGA, Emory, Greenville, Saint Andrew’s Rowing Club, Atlanta Rowing Club, Atlanta Junior’s Rowing Club all showed up to race a 2k. Congrats to Matt Watters, David Judah, Sean Gibel, Samantha Smelly, Caitlin Chapin, Carlee Schmidt, Corey Drozowski, and Adam McKenzie all for medaling in their respective events!

February 23, 2011

Panama City Beach Big Give Away

The visitors bureau of PCB is teaming up with GT Crew to create excitement about Spring Break 2011. They are hosting a BIG giveaway on Tech’s campus and all you have to do is sign up and you could win an iPad, $350 to the book store, or Lady Gaga concert tickets. For every person that signs up PCB will donate a $1, so please go to to help us out. The Wall Street Journal and CNN even are covering this event! The giveaway is open until Friday and every dollar counts.

April 6, 2011

Georgia Tech Crew Featured on Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta Website

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the infamous GT Crew trailer crash en route to the 1996 Dad Vail Regatta. Despite a flipped van and mutilated equipment with the help of the Philadelphia rowing community the team went on to one of their most successful Dad Vail showings.

Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta Feature Story

April 10, 2011

FIRA Regatta

This weekend the Georgia Tech crew team took to the road and headed to Sarasota, Florida for the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Championships where Georgia Tech gets to compete by invitation. This is a great opportunity for the team to race some of the best teams in the south east before the Southestern Intercollegiate Rowing Championships that takes place next weekend.

It was an exciting weekend for the mens and womens squads that both did well. The mens varsity 4+ got 2nd to Jacksonville University by less than 0.01 seconds, which simply comes down to great racing! The womens lightweight varsity 8 got its first opportunity exhibit their potential against the University of Florida lightweights. Rowing at 36 strokes per min the official thought they were rowing too high, but they kept it up for the win. For more on how the team did, please go to the results section of the website.

April 19, 2011

Attention, Row: Southeastern Regional Championships

This Sunday the weather was perfect for finals at the SIRA championship regatta in Oakridge, TN. First, the womens light-weight 8 came down the course and won by 10.8 seconds. This boat consisted of seven senior ladies and one junior lady and was coxed by Isabella, the only freshmen in the boat. Next the women took bronze in the Varsity 4+ (club, D2, D3) event. This race was tight to end. Tech edged out College of Charleston by only 0.8 seconds. Finally, the last Georgia Tech boat came down the course, the mens varsity 4+ and they went out with a bang. The 4+ won by 4.0 seconds, beating 23 other boats in the event.

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