Archived News: 2014: March

March 3, 2014

Women’s Team Fall of 2013 Summary

    This past fall brought success to the women’s squads, despite the two-week government closure. With over sixteen new novices, coaches Maddie and Alyssa set the bar high and these girls met those lofty expectations. With only a month of practice, the squad out-performed the field at the 21st annual Chattanooga Head Race. The full results can be found in the results section; highlights include gold in the 2nd Novice 8+ and True College Novice 4+, and bronze in the College Novice 8+. Two weeks later, the squad traveled north to Oak Ridge to preview the SIRA course and compete in the Secret City Head Race; highlights include two silvers in the Novice 8+ and the Novice 4+. This fall’s culminating race was back on the Chattanooga course. While Head of the Hooch brought no medals, there was significant improvement in raw race times on the course compared to just three weeks prior. A job well done by all the novice for surviving their first rowing season!

    This year marked Coach Jay’s third term coaching the GT Varsity Women, and high expectations were set with record erg times in September. At the first race of the season, the 8+ posted a speedy time right behind the University of Alabama and the 4+ just narrowly missed medaling. A mere 6 days later the squad left Atlanta, jet-setting north to Boston for the 49th Head of the Charles, the world’s largest two day regatta, for a weekend of racing against a very competitive field. On Saturday, the bucket-rigged combination of Sam Casto, Sofia Tuttle, Cassie Merrigan, Abby Ross, and Isabella Norcini won bronze in the Collegiate 4+, coming behind Barry University and McGill University (both heavily recruited schools). This was the first medal ever won by a GT Women’s crew at this world-renowned event!

    The varsity women finished off the season at the Head of the Hooch regatta, with the Boston lineups racing once again. On Saturday in the Championship 8+, Georgia Tech beat neighbor state rivals University of Florida by a clean 3.7 seconds. In the Club 4+ the varsity women bested Clemson by a large margin, and in the Championship 4+, the bucket-rigged group defeated University of Florida again. Sunday’s small boats racing brought more outstanding achievements. In the Championship 1x, Sam Casto won gold by over 45 seconds. In the Lightweight 1x, Sofia Tuttle placed in the top half, narrowly missing bronze. The Open 2- event brought entertainment to spectators as boats crashed at the finish – luckily sparing both Abby & Sofia and Kellie & Sophie, who placed behind the powerhouse crews of University of Oklahoma and University of Tennessee. Coming into the new year with stronger erg scores than ever before, we’re excited to see what the spring racing season has in store!

March 3, 2014

Men’s Team Fall of 2013 Summary

    The Varsity Men started their season strong at Chattanooga Head race, placing first, second, and fourth in the collegiate 8+. With such a large squad, the Varsity entered in several smaller boat events, placing in the single, pair, and 4+ events. The official Fall season events ended at Head of the Hooch. The Lightweights 8+ and the Open 2- had gold medal times of 15:44.9 and 16:57.6, respectively, in their events. The men took an impromptu trip to Melbourne, Florida a week later to compete against Jacksonville University and Florida Institute of Technology on their home turf in 3.5-kilometer “head-sprints”. GT placed third behind FIT’s A and B boat; all three boats within a span on 9 seconds. The squad plans on dominating in the Lightweight 8+, Open 4+, and Open 2- this Spring season.

    The Novice Men began with extraordinary power on the ergs, pulling varsity-level splits early in the season. They were unable to place against stiff competition at Chattanooga, despite their impressive recorded times in their events. Over at the Secret City head race, the Open 4+ won silver, 3.51 seconds shy of gold.The squad shows great promise for the Spring season with their raw strength and eagerness to learn the technique.

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