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October 23, 2016

Head of the Charles

On Sunday, October 23, 2016, select varsity boats raced at the famous Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, MA. The race is held on the Charles River, starting at the Boston University boathouse and ending shy of the Northeastern University boathouse. The 4.8km/3mi race passes through six famous bridges such as Eliot, Anderson, and Weeks and along historic boathouses such as Harvard University and Cambridge Boat Club. Conditions for the races were chilly, with temperatures in the 40’s, winds of 20-30mph and gusts of up to 40mph.

Tech’s first racing action was on Sunday afternoon with the Men’s Collegiate Four. Despite a bright start for the crew, a collision with Fordham through Eliot Bridge dropped Tech down to twenty-fourth place in a field of forty five boats, narrowly missing a guaranteed slot in next year’s regatta. The Women’s Collegiate Four, plagued by injuries, rallied to finish in thirty-second place in an unfamiliar line-up.

The lightweights were up next for Tech, beginning with the Lightweight Men’s Four. In a field that included NYAC, Yale, and Colombia, Tech managed a fourteenth place finish. The Lightweight Women’s Eight event included top crews such as Harvard, BU, and MIT. Tech managed a ninth place finish.

Finishing up the historic regatta was the Collegiate Eights events. The varsity men guaranteed their 2017 Head of the Charles entry with a fifteenth place finish in a field of thirty seven boats. After a collision with Vermont, the varsity women just missed out on a guaranteed entry of their own, with a twentieth place finish in a field of twenty eight boats.

The full team will return to action on November 5th in Chattanooga, TN for the largest regatta in the South, the Head of the Hooch. Tech will finish the fall head racing season in Augusta, GA at the Head of the South on November 12th.

October 8, 2016

Chattanooga Head Race

On Saturday, October 9, Georgia Tech Crew raced in Chattanooga, TN at the Chattanooga Head Race. The race was held on the Tennessee River and was run head race style. Conditions were windy and choppy, and the course was shortened to approximately 2500m.

Racing began at 9AM with the Women’s College 8+. Tech’s “A” boat placed third overall, while the “C” entry and lightweights placed eleventh and thirteenth respectively. The varsity women continued their day with a second place finish for Thomas/Heyerdahl in the women’s collegiate pair event and a fourth place finish for Stacks/Bonin. Next up was the Women’s Collegiate Lightweight 4+, where Tech took first and third place. The varsity women wrapped up their day with the Collegiate 4+ event, where Tech’s “A” entry earned the silver medal. Tech’s “B”, “C”, and “D” entries took sixteenth, twelfth, and fourteen.

The varsity men started their morning with the Collegiate 4+, which saw them win first and second place. The freshmen varsity men raced with the novice men to win the men’s Collegiate Novice 4+ event. They continued their success into the Collegiate Lightweight 4+ event, where they swept first, second, and third place overall. Tech’s varsity men and women combined just before the lunch break to take second place in the Mixed Eight. The Men’s Collegiate Pairs event was won by Preihs/Gloyd, with a fourth place finish for Brady/Liu. The varsity men concluded the regatta with the Men’s Collegiate 8+ event, where Tech’s “A” entry won gold, with the “B” and “C” entries taking second and seventh.

In their first racing action, the novice men took third place in the Men’s Collegiate True Novice 4+ race. They continued their success with a bronze medal finish in the Men’s Collegiate Second Novice 8+, with fifth and seventh place finishes for the “B” and “C” entries. In the Collegiate Novice 8+ race, the novice men placed fifth, eighth, and thirteenth.

The novice women started off with the Women’s Second Novice 8+ event, where Tech placed second. They continued the day with the Collegiate Novice 4+ where the Tech boat placed eighth. Later, Tech’s True Collegiate Novice 4+ won gold. The novice women finished the day with a sixth and tenth place finish in the Collegiate Novice 8+ race.

Tech was awarded the Collegiate Points Trophy with 754 points over rivals Clemson and the University of Alabama (NCAA).

Georgia Tech Crew will send select varsity members to Boston, MA for the Head of the Charles on October 22-23. The entire team will return to action on November 5 in Chattanooga, TN for the Head of the Hooch.

September 12, 2016

Fall Preview

Tech is set to kick off its 2016-2017 season with one of its largest teams in years. Almost seventy varsity rowers return for the season, joined by over seventy novices. Tech looks to build on its 2015-2016 season which saw the team earn medals at SIRA, Dad Vails, and ACRA.

Tech starts off the fall season in Chattanooga, TN at the Chattanooga Head Race, which will mark the first racing action for our novice squads. Tech will look to defend the college points trophy against strong teams such as the University of Alabama (NCAA), georgia, and Clemson. Last year, Tech medaled in events such as the Men’s College 8, Women’s College 4, and the Novice Men’s 8.

Select varsity members will then travel to Boston, MA for the largest two-day regatta in the world, the Head of the Charles. Tech has secured entries for a collegiate eight, collegiate four, and lightweight four for the men and a collegiate eight, collegiate four, and a lightweight eight for the women, making this one of Tech’s largest squads ever sent to the historic race.

The entire team returns to action in November in Chattanooga, TN at the Head of the Hooch, the largest regatta in the South. Tech will compete with varsity programs such as Oklahoma City, Clemson women, and FIT for the team points trophy, last won by Tech in 2008. The team finished in fifth place in 2015 (first college club overall), earning medals in events such as the Men’s College 8, Men’s Championship 4, and Men’s Novice 8.

To finish off the fall season, the team travels to Augusta, GA for the Head of the South to face familiar rivals such as Clemson, georgia, and Emory. Tech will look to take home its third team points trophy in a row. Last year, Tech earned 20 medals, including the Men’s Championship 8, Women’s Championship 8, and the Men’s Novice 8. The Head of the South always marks an end to a exciting fall racing season before the team heads indoors for winter training.

10/8 – Chattanooga Head Race, Chattanooga, TN
10/22-23 – Head of the Charles, Boston, MA
11/5-6 – Head of the Hooch, Chattanooga, TN
11/12 – Head of the South, Augusta, GA

August 4, 2016

Want to be a national champion?

Georgia Tech Crew is recruiting for its 2016-17 season. We are seeking tall, strong athletes along with smaller athletes (around 125lbs) for coxswains. With over 80 rowers and over 50 national championship medals, Georgia Tech Crew is one of the largest and most successful organizations on campus.

No experience is necessary! In fact over 90% of our team had never touched an oar prior to joining. You can go from complete beginner to national champion in just a year, and even a few future national team rowers have taken their first strokes with us. While many successful rowers competed in sports such as swimming, cross country, and soccer in high school, our team members have come from varied backgrounds and succeeded at the highest level.

First year rowers will compete against other first years rowers from teams like Michigan, Clemson, and Georgia. We travel across the country to compete including Boston, Philadelphia, Florida, and San Diego. Despite competing at a high level, over 80% of the team majors in engineering, with several team members named in the ACRA All-Academic team each year.

To find out how to join, attend one of our Meetings for the Curious. You will hear from the coaches, meet your future teammates, and learn what rowing is all about. The meetings will be held at 5PM in the Campus Recreation Center (CRC) in Room 251. The meeting dates are as follows:

Tuesday, August 23
Thursday, August 25
Monday, August 29
Wednesday, August 31

If you have any questions or want more information, visit our join page or email us at

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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