Archived News: 2016: Spring

January 17, 2016

Teammates Wanted

No experience necessary! Our experienced, national-team trained coaches will build you to become national champions as you make lifelong friendships, push yourself to new limits, and represent Georgia Tech.

While many of our rowers were competitive high-school athletes, more than 90 percent of our team had no previous rowing experience prior to joining GT Crew. As long as you have the desire and dedication to improve your physical fitness and be part of a team, there can be a place for you on crew.

GT Crew is an intercollegiate, co-ed team that races throughout the Southeast and across the country against teams like Clemson, Purdue, and UGA. GT Crew has competed with powerhouse varsity and club programs to become one of the most elite club squads in the country.The student-run team was officially founded in 1986 and is the largest sports club on campus with approximately 90 athletes. We are also one of the most successful organizations at Georgia Tech, consistently earning medals at the Dad Vail national championship regatta for more than 14 years in a row.

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For more information about the team please join us at an informational meeting, called Meeting for the Curious.

Next Meeting for the Curious
Tuesday, January 19th
5pm
Campus Recreation Center Room 249

Interested but can’t make it to the meeting? E-mail President@gtcrew.com for more info.

February 28, 2016

Clemson Scrimmage

On Saturday, February 27, Georgia Tech Crew headed east to Clemson University for a scrimmage hosted by the Clemson Rowing Club. The scrimmage featured the men’s and women’s teams from Clemson, Georgia, Emory, and the College of Charleston. The regatta was held over the 2000m buoyed course on Lake Hartwell.

Racing commenced at 10:00AM with the varsity women’s eights. Tech had a strong showing with a second place finish. The novice men cruised to a victory in their eight race next. The novice women’s first boat ended fifth with the second boat close behind in the fours race. Up next were the varsity men’s fours, where the first boat won easily in their race. The next race was a combination of the second varsity fours and the lightweight fours, which saw Tech’s second and lightweight fours take first and second respectively. The lightweight four was the fastest lightweight boat in the heat. The women’s varsity eight raced once more and this time was narrowly beat to second place by Emory. The morning races were concluded with another race for the novice men’s eight, which fought hard for a second place finish.

Racing resumed after a lunch break at noon as conditions began to deteriorate. The novice women’s eight took second place in the wind and waves. The men’s varsity eights dominated their races with easy victories in both the first and second heats. Tech’s varsity women first four achieved a second place finish in their heat, followed by a fifth place finish for the second four. The novice men’s fours took first and seventh place in their final race of the day. The varsity men wrapped up a great day of racing with a tie for first in the first boat and an open water victory for the second boat.

The scrimmage acted as a primer to the upcoming spring season, which continues on Saturday, March 19 at John Hunter Regatta at the Lake Lanier Olympic Course.

Varsity Lineups

MV8 M2V8 WV8 (1) WV8 (2)
C David Miranda C Erin Winger C Kaitlyn Estep C Kaitlyn Estep
S Galvin Brady S James Johnson S Beth Thomas S Beth Thomas
7 James Gloyd 7 Will Snyder 7 Hannah Heyerdahl 7 Hannah Heyerdahl
6 Joshua Johnston 6 Christiaan Vanderlinde 6 Jenna Alchevsky 6 Jenna Alchevsky
5 Jack Olinde 5 Xing Liu 5 Liza Joyce 5 Liza Joyce
4 Sean Meiller 4 Jeff Gordon 4 Kelly Storrs 4 Kelly Storrs
3 Alec Kaye 3 Steel Templin 3 Catherine Woodburn 3 Emmaline Fisher
2 Gianni Saportini 2 Carlos Fernandez 2 Katherine Hewitt 2 Mandy Davis
B David Carlock B Nakul Sharma B Jasmine Al-Aidy B Sabrina Russell
MV4 M2V4 ML4 WV4 W2V4
C David Miranda C Kevin Wang C Erin Winger C Kaitlyn Estep C Stephanie Pham
S James Gloyd S Alec Kaye S Galvin Brady S Beth Thomas S Catherine Woodburn
3 Joshua Johnston 3 Gianni Saportini 3 David Carlock 3 Hannah Heyerdahl 3 Emmaline Fisher
2 Jack Olinde 2 Christiaan Vanderlinde 2 Will Snyder 2 Jenna Alchevsky 2 Mandy Davis
B Sean Meiller B Xing Liu B James Johnson B Katherine Hewit B Sabrina Russell

March 19, 2016

The John Hunter Regatta

On Saturday, March 19, 2016, Georgia Tech Crew raced at the John Hunter Regatta at the Lake Lanier Olympic Rowing Venue. The regatta featured southeast rivals such as Clemson, georgia, and Emory as well as teams from across the country such as Minnesota, SUNY Geneseo, and Trinity College.

Racing began at 9AM with the Varsity 8 heats, where both the men and women rowed their way into the finals later that day. The men fought off challenges from UConn and UCF to win their heat, while the women placed second as they held off a strong Smith crew. The novice men continued the good results with an impressive 21 second win in the 4’s race for the A boat. The B boat finished in fifth place in the second flight. The novice women raced to a first place finish for the B boat in the third flight and a fifth place finish for the A boat in the first flight.

The men’s JV eight posted a solid third place finish behind travelling Minnesota and UConn crews. The men’s varsity 4+ won in their heat over Geneseo and Emory to secure a place in the final later that afternoon. The women’s varsity 4+ followed suit with a strong second place finish, beating third placed georgia to the line and securing their place in the final. The morning was wrapped up by the men’s lightweight 4+, which finished fifth.

After a lunch break, racing resumed at 1:45PM with the men’s varsity 8 final. The men fought hard for a third place finish behind Ithaca and Minnesota. The varsity women’s 8 finished fifth in their heat shortly afterward. The men’s novice 8 placed fifth in the flight while the novice women’s A 8 placed sixth in their flight and the B 8 placed sixth in the subsequent flight.

The JV 4+ races were up next with Tech’s men winning in the second flight and placing sixth in the first flight. Tech’s women raced to a third placed finish behind Trinity A and Clemson. The day was wrapped up by the varsity 4 finals. The men pulled off a strong win over Geneseo and Ithaca while the women finished fifth.

Georgia Tech Crew travels to Panama City Beach on Sunday, March 20 for its annual spring training until Saturday, March 26. The FIRA Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, FL mark the next racing action for the team on Friday, April 1 to Saturday, April 2.

April 2, 2016

FIRA

On Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, Georgia Tech Crew traveled south to Sarasota, FL for the FIRA Championships. The regatta was held at Nathan Benderson Park and featured Florida teams such as Rollins, Florida, FSU, and Barry along with the University of Central Oklahoma. The weather featured heavy winds and rough waters, which made for tough racing conditions down the course.

Racing began with heats on Friday afternoon. Tech’s novice women were first up with their entry in the frosh/novice four event, where they placed sixth and did not advance from their heat. The varsity women placed second in the varsity four heat next which was enough to earn them a slot in the finals the next day. However, the final was not raced due to the cancellations. The women’s pair without coxswain dominated their heat by a margin of almost fifteen seconds. The men’s frosh/novice B four won their final that afternoon by open water.

Racing resumed Saturday morning with straight finals, beginning with the eights. The varsity men easily won their final over strong boats from Rollins and Stetson, while the varsity women placed sixth in a race that included strong NCAA crews such as reigning national champions Barry. Up next was the men’s junior varsity eight race, where Tech’s second eight found itself with a thirty second victory over the other entry, Tech’s novice men. The novice men then had a strong victory in the frosh/novice lightweight four over ERAU and FSU. The lightweight novice women raced to second place in their event behind a strong Florida crew. Finishing up the lightweight events for the day was the varsity men’s eight, which raced side-by-side with ERAU for the majority of the course, before leaving them behind in the sprint to win gold.

Small boats were up next, which were quite the spectacle due to the tumultuous conditions. The men’s pair finished fourth after leading the field for the majority of the race before being taken by the waves and flipping. The women’s pair went on to win their final by a margin of over eighteen seconds, to continue Tech’s four year win streak in the event. Tech’s women featured heavily in the single sculls event, which saw them place third and fourth.

Tech’s novice men won over Stetson with a fierce sprint in the last 250 meters in their eight race. The novice women placed fifth in a very close race between themselves, Florida B, and Rollins for third. In one of the final races of the day, Tech’s varsity men won in the junior varsity four over CFR, ERAU, Rollins, and Tech’s novice men, who placed fourth. The remaining races, including the varsity men’s lightweight four, women’s frosh/novice B eight, men’s frosh/novice four, men’s varsity B four, women’s varsity B four, and men’s varsity four, were cancelled after a two hour weather delay and eventual cancellation of races due to an incoming storm line.

Georgia Tech Crew returns to action at Oak Ridge, TN for the SIRA Championship Regatta on Saturday, April 16 through Sunday, April 17.

April 17, 2016

SIRA

On Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17, 2016, Georgia Tech Crew raced against crews from across the south and slightly beyond in the SIRA Championship Regatta in Oak Ridge, TN. The weather was sunny and warm throughout, with some wind in the afternoons.

The novice men’s four had a fantastic time trial, placing third overall and advancing to semis that afternoon. They managed to win their semifinal by just under a second, which put them in good position for the A final the next day. After a tough race, the novice men placed fifth in their final. The novice men’s eight was seeded eleventh after their time trial and advanced to semifinals. Their semi later that afternoon saw them place fifth to a quick Delaware eight. They then placed sixth in the B final on Sunday.

The novice women’s first eight placed tenth in their morning time trial, which saw them advance to semifinals. After some suspicious coxswain activity by other crews, Tech’s eight found themselves in third place and in the A final the next day, where they placed sixth. The novice women’s second eight’s time trial was a race for lanes, and the eight rowed to a fifth place finish. Their final the next day saw them place fifth as well, behind strong crews such as Purdue, Kansas State, and Tennessee.

The varsity women’s eight had a high-flying time trial, which saw them top the time trials over Clemson. Their semifinal later that afternoon also saw them cruise to first by a little more than a boat length. They fell to Clemson in the A final the next day by six seconds but did earn silver medals in what was a very large field. The varsity women’s four placed tenth after time trials and advanced to semis. After a tight semi that saw only a three second difference between second and fourth place, Tech placed fourth and went to the B final, where they placed fifth.

The first race of Saturday was the time trial for the men’s double, which saw Tech row to a ninth place finish, and a slot in the B final. The double went on to place second in the final later that afternoon. Next up was a fourth place finish and a slot in the A final for the men’s pair. The pair went on to fourth in their final on Sunday, only four seconds back from third place finishers, Rollins. The lightweight men’s eight, who raced in the junior varsity eight event, placed tenth in the time trials, which saw them through to the B final. They placed second in the B final and were the second fastest lightweight crew in the event. The varsity men’s four raced for the first time in their new four, The Edmonds, named in honor and memory of Brian Edmonds, and they placed first in the time trial by over ten seconds. They then easily won their semifinal that afternoon. The next day, they won the final easily and received more betting shirts than they could carry.

Georgia Tech Crew’s next race is the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, PA on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14.

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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