Archived News: 2016: May

May 14, 2016

Dad Vail

On Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14, 2016, Georgia Tech Crew returned to Philadelphia for the Dad Vail Regatta, the largest collegiate regatta in the country. The weather was windy and rainy at times on Friday, while races on Saturday were pushed into the morning to beat the impending storms.

The varsity men’s heavyweight four was the main event of the weekend, with the crew taking home Georgia Tech’s first Dad Vail gold medals since 2011. After a fourth place finish in Friday afternoon’s rainy time trial, the men raced to an open water victory over Middlebury in the semifinals. With a slot in lane 2 for the final, Tech sprinted to an emotional 1.6 second victory over Brock. With the Edmonds sitting proudly at the dock, David Miranda, Jack Olinde, Josh Johnston, Alec Kaye, and Fish Gloyd lifted the Thomas A. Curran Cup.

Later on Saturday afternoon, Tech’s novice men’s four would break a ten year drought of novice medals at Dad Vails when they won bronze behind Colgate and Michigan. After a fast heat which saw them place second to Colgate with the second fastest time overall, the novice men placed second in their semifinal to Army. Though they sat off the pace for much of the final, a powerful sprint saw Mario Dinatti, Ethan Nault, Noel Csomay-Shanklin, Sean Meiller, and Nikolai Peterson leap into third in the last 100 meters to secure bronze.

The varsity women’s eight placed third in their Friday morning heat behind eventual champions Massachusetts and Case. They raced in reps later that afternoon where the rain-soaked crew found themselves in second place, which was good enough for a berth in Saturday morning semifinals. The eight placed fourth in their semifinal behind fast Drexel, Delaware, and Army crews. Later that afternoon, a fifth place finish in the petite final saw the eight place higher than any recent Georgia Tech varsity women’s eight has placed at Vails.

The varsity men’s pair had a solid time trial at 6:52.02, which was good enough for ninth place and a slot in semifinals on Saturday. The pair fought hard for second place by just under .2 seconds over Rollins. In the finals that afternoon, the pair placed sixth overall, a fantastic achievement for a pair that had only a few weeks of preparation together.

The novice women’s eight placed third in their heat with a time of 7:55.68, behind Army and High Point. They advanced to semifinals the next morning where they placed sixth with a time of 8:04.83. The novice men’s eight placed fifth in their heat with a time of 7:10.89.

The men’s lightweight eight raced in a straight final on Saturday afternoon. They finished in fifth place behind Mercyhurst, Delaware, Purdue, and Geneseo. The varsity women’s heavyweight four placed 24th in their time trial with a time of 7:26.43, missing qualification for semis by 8 seconds.

Tech’s singles raced on Friday. The varsity men’s singles placed fourth and fifth in the same heat. The varsity women’s single placed fourth in her heat.

Georgia Tech Crew will close its season at the ACRA National Championship Regatta at Lake Lanier on May 28-29, 2016.

May 29, 2016

ACRA National Championships

On Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, 2016, Georgia Tech Crew took seven boats to the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championships, held at the Lake Lanier Olympic Course in Gainesville, GA. The regatta pits the top club teams from across the country against each other. The weather was warm and sunny throughout, with a tailwind and massive wakes for most races.

The varsity women’s pair of Rachel Stacks and Anne Blair Bonin started off the weekend with an easy second place finish in their heat, which saw them straight through to the grand final on Sunday. Bright and early on Sunday morning, the pair which had only rowed together for a few weeks managed a sixth place finish. The varsity men’s pair of Steel Templin and John Riordan raced to a fourth place finish in their heat behind fast crews such as Lafayette, Rochester, and Michigan. They raced in repechages later that afternoon, where they placed second by less than a second to Virginia, which saw them through to the B final. The men romped to a three second victory over Charleston in the B final on Sunday. The women’s single had a race for lanes on Saturday afternoon, where she finished second. On Sunday morning, she raced to a sixth place finish in the grand final.

The novice men’s four raced to a large victory over second placed UCSB in their heat on Saturday which was enough for a berth in the grand finals. The boys raced to a second place finish, less than a second behind winners, Rhode Island. They celebrated their silver medals, which were the first ever novice men’s medals won by Tech at ACRAs. The novice women’s four finished seventh in their heat on Saturday morning. They raced in reps later that afternoon, where they finished sixth over Chicago.

The varsity men’s four placed first in their heat over Orange Coast, which saw them through to semi-finals on Sunday morning. The men placed first by three seconds over Michigan in their semi and advanced to the grand final. The men raced hard to a silver medal finish, just five seconds behind UC Irvine. The varsity women’s four placed fourth in their heat, behind eventual winners, UC Irvine. After placing third in reps, they raced in the B finals the next day. A hard-fought race led to a fourth place finish in the B final.

In addition, we had two rowers make the ACRA All-Region team this year. Congratulations to Jack Olinde and Joshua Johnston who made the Southern team on the basis of 2k times, race results, and leadership within their team.

The ACRA National Championships marked the end of Georgia Tech Crew’s spring racing season, which saw lots of hard-earned medals, a Dad Vail victory, and one of the best seasons in the team’s recent history.

Georgia Tech Crew strives to compete successfully at the highest level while providing the opportunity for all students to grow through dedication, competition, and teamwork.

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