Archived News: 2016: November

November 8, 2016

Head of the Hooch

On Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6, 2016, Georgia Tech raced at the largest 2-day regatta in the South, the Head of the Hooch. The race was held over a five kilometer course on the Tennessee River, ending just in front of the grandstands in downtown Chattanooga, TN. The weather was warm throughout the weekend at around 70 degrees, with a mild headwind at the start and a tailwind in the final stretch of the course.

The novice men kicked off the regatta for Tech on Saturday at 9:08AM with their eights race. Tech’s “A” boat placed 8th overall, with 20th, 31st, and 33rd place finishes for Tech’s “B”, “C”, and “D” entries. The novice women kicked off their day with an entry in the College and Club Lightweight Eight race, where they placed second. The novice women entered two boats in the College and Club Novice Eight race in the afternoon. They fought hard to 27th and 34th pace finishes.

The varsity men began their Saturday with the College and Club Fours, which they won by almost twenty seconds over Texas. Tech’s “B” entry placed fourth. Soon after, Tech’s lightweight four placed second in their race. The men’s Championship Eights were raced midday, and Tech placed fourth, missing third by just three seconds. The varsity men continued their day with success in the College and Club Eights, where Tech placed second to Texas by an excruciatingly close .2 seconds. Tech’s “B” entry finished 17th. To wrap up the day, Tech placed second in the always competitive Championship Fours race to FIT, with the “B” entry finishing 11th. On Sunday, Tech won first and second place in the Men’s Open Pairs event.

The varsity women began their Saturday with a bang, winning the College and Club Eights race. The “B” entry placed 19th. The lightweight eight continued the streak with a gold medal finish in the Lightweight Eights race. Tech then finished in second place in the College and Club 4+, along with 26th and 36th place finishes for the “B” and “C” entries. Tech’s lightweight four finished seventh to wrap up Saturday. On Sunday, the varsity women placed fourth and fifth in the Women’s Open Pairs event.

Tech was awarded the College and ACC Team Point Trophies for a highly successful weekend at the Head of the Hooch, beating out varsity and NCAA teams alike. The team will finish the season off at the Head of the South in Augusta, GA on November 12, 2016.

November 14, 2016

Head of the South

On Saturday, November 12, 2016, Georgia Tech raced at the Head of the South regatta in Augusta, GA. The race was held over 5km on the Savannah River, which marks the border between Georgia and South Carolina. The weather was sunny and slightly crisp, with moderate winds throughout the course.

The varsity women began the day for Tech in the sculling events. Tech took second and third place in the Championship Single and second place in the Lightweight Single. Next up, the second and third eights raced in the Club Eight event. The second eight had the chance to race in a Vespoli demo boat, which saw them to a fifth place finish, while the third eight managed an eighth place finish. Midday, the women raced boats in the Championship Four event, which saw them earn first and second place. Two more fours placed tenth and sixteenth in the Club Four event, and the Lightweight Four and the Club Pair both earned silver in their races. To wrap up a successful day and season of racing, the varsity eight won first place in the Championship Eight event, with the second eight placing sixth.

The novice women began their day off with a gold medal finish in the Freshman Novice Eight race and a thirteenth place finish in the Collegiate and Club Novice Eight race. Racing in a predominantly varsity event, the novice women finished fourth in the Lightweight Four race in the afternoon. The novices finished up their regatta with two entries in the Collegiate and Club Novice Four race, where they placed eighth and fifteenth.

In the Club Four event, the varsity men began their day with second and eleventh place finishes. The Lightweight Four followed them with a gold medal finish in their race. They did not have to wait long for another gold medal because the Tech’s Club Pair won soon after. The men continued their day with the Championship Four race, where they placed second and fourth in a tight field. The men then managed second place in the Club Eight race, while the Lightweight Eight won gold in their race. Wrapping up their day and season with a bang, the varsity men won gold and bronze in the Championship Eight race.

The novice men kicked off their day with two entries in the Collegiate and Club Novice Four event, placing seventh and eleventh. They raced again in a varsity race, the Club Eight race. Tech’s three novice entries placed tenth, twelfth, and sixteenth, a fine showing against much more experienced crews. To finish their day, the novice men raced in the Collegiate and Club Novice Eight race, where they placed sixth, ninth, tenth, and sixteenth.

Tech secured the Collegiate Team Point Trophy once again by winning seven events and earning seven silver medals. This wraps up a successful fall season of racing for Tech which saw Team Point trophies won at Chattanooga Head Race, Head of the Hooch, and Head of the South. The team will now head indoors for winter training, three months of training on the ergometers to prepare for the competitive spring racing season. Tech’s next action is set to be at the Atlanta Erg Sprints at our very own Campus Recreation Center.

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