The team is poised to start off the season strong with the traditional 5,000 meter head races. For the first time ever, the novice squads will be joining the varsity at the Tail of the Tiger in Clemson, SC. Bids have been submitted for the Head of the Charles, and information about entries and alumni boats is to come. We hope to see you soon!
October 5th – Tail of the Tiger, Clemson, SC
October 12th – Chattanooga Head Race, Chattanooga, TN
October 19th-20th – Head of the Charles, Boston, MA (Varsity Only)
October 26th – Head of the Pumpkin, Atlanta, GA (Date pending)
November 2nd – Head of the Hooch, Chattanooga, TN
The 2013 Fall Season is coming up fast, with a new incoming freshman class arriving to Emory, and novice rowers eager to make the jump to their respective varsity squads! Look out for the Emory Crew table at Late Night at the WoodPec and the Student Activities Fair at the end of August during Orientation. The first day of class is August 28th.
Get excited for an exciting year of fast boats and hard working rowers!
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Emory Crew is excited for the upcoming season as we finish up winter training and begin looking to the future. With an army of experienced coaches ready to help and a group of hardworking rowers we are looking forward to our first ‘regatta’ erg sprints as we move toward the championship season. If you will be attending any of our regattas this year, or would like more information about them, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Below is our spring racing schedule.
Spring Race Schedule:
February 9th – Erg Sprints (Atlanta, GA)
March 2nd – Vanderbilt Scrimmage (Lake Lanier, GA)
March 9th-15th – Spring Break (Cocoa Beach, FL)
March 23rd – John Hunter Regatta (Lake Lanier, GA)
April 5th-6th – FIRAs (Sarasota, FL)
April 20th-21st – SIRAs (Oak Ridge, TN)
May 11th-12th – Dad Vails (Philadelphia, PA)
May 25th-26th – ACRAs (Lake Lanier, GA)
Though the water practices may have been put on hold until February, early Saturday morning practices certainly were not. The team was not to be meeting in the WoodPec, however – they were in for a more unorthodox type of “practice”. After a brisk 15 minute drive to Cabbagetown, GA, the team met up with Trees Atlanta to plant shrubs in the neighboring streets. What was once conceived by some to be an “off-day” turned out to be worse: teammates vigorously dug into the rocky and earthy soil to create room for the new trees while others worked with their hands massaging the bulbs on the trees. Trees Atlanta staff was on the scene too, helping along the way as teams of 2-3 rowers planted two trees each in an effort to give back to the local community.
One week after the Annual Head of the Pumpkin, the team traveled to Lake Lanier to meet up with Georgia Tech and UNC. Former varsity women’s head head coach Micah boyd was on had as the new UNC novice men’s coach as teams readied for the scrimmage. The day consisted of a staggered start, head race style, for a 5k race. After the 5k and a brief rest each team raced three 1k sprints, a preview of spring racing. Wrapping up the season teh team was encouraged by the results but reminded of the work that needs to be done for to get ready for spring season.
The Head of the Pumpkin may not be the most prestigious regatta of the season, but there’s no doubt it’s the most fun to watch. Dressed in hilarious halloween costumes, the inter-squad regatta consists of a 6k race across Stone Mountain Lake. The Varsity Teams fielded 8+s while the novices put out four novice eights and two novice fours. Coach Jordan also competed in his single. Staggering start times ensured the sharp turn in the middle of the race was full of excitement and the finish would be tight. By the end the novice women’s first eight won the race, and the novice men and varsity men took second and their respectively.
After a well-deserved team barbeque Coach Jordan and Coach Joy distributed the prizes: coveted gold, silver, and bronze pumpkins. Later the couple christened the varsity women’s new shell, named ‘The Joy’ in honor of Coach Smith. Accompanied by baby Elle, champagne was poured over the boat.
The Head of the Charles boats this year experienced both good and bad on the infamous course. The Varsity Women brought an 8+ to the course, full of freshman and sophomore rowers, headed up by co-captain, president, and senior Gabby Arondel. Despite a lack of experience the team passed two boats and was able to finish in 22nd, up two positions from where they started.
The Varisty Men’s boat this year was full of success, disappointment, and growth. The Men raced two boats this year. The first was Captain Adam Hanif in his single. Only his first year in a single Adam made the team proud finishing 29th out of 64 boats, and wining an automatic bid for next year. The V4+ started their race started out strong on course to place in the top half of the race. Unfortunatly with only a mile left on the course debris blown into the course by a storm the night before caught on the rudder and forced the boat out of bounds. With a loss of steering the boat finished the race far behind their original pace. However the glimpse of success in the first half of the race was enough to inspire the team for the remainder of the semester.
The Chattanooga Head Race was the first race of the year for the novice squads and the second for varsity. With a young squad the Varsity Men’s 4+ placed 9th out of 14th in a highly competitive race. However the Men’s Lightweight 4+ took home gold in a race filled with high winds and rough waters. The Varsity Men’s team also fielded two varsity boats, with the A boat finishing 6th out of 13. The Novice Men raced two eights and two fours at Chattanooga. The Novice 4+s took 8th and 10th out of 13. The Novice Men’s 8+s saw better results, with the A boat finishing in 5th.
The Varsity Women is also comprised of a young team this year but the Varsity Women’s 8+ did well finishing just behind all of the Division I teams and beating out all the other clubs. In the afternoon the boat broke up into two fours, racing in the Collegiate 4+ and the Lightweight 4+. Despite rough waters the Lightweight 4+ placed first, and the Collegiate 4+ placed in the top 10 of a highly competitive race. The novice women brought a total of 24 girls to their first race of the season, fielding two 8+s and two 4+s. The Women’s Novice 4+ placed well despite conditions finishing 4th and 6th.
Fall semester was full of small steps and hard work. It started out with teh team traveling to Clemson University for Tail of the Tiger. The first race of the year the team began with a 2nd place finish by the Men’s V4+, and a 1st place finish by the women’s V8+. The lightweight men followed with a 3rd place finish in their 4+ and the Men’s 2V4+ brought home 2nd. Finally the Women’s V4+ wrapped up the medals with 3rd. However our collegiate rowers weren’t the only ones to bring medals home. Coach Jordan Smith took first in the open 1x, with Coach James Black finishing 3rd. Gabby Arondel ’13 and Coach Emily Maxwell also won 1st in the Women’s Open 2x.
As the fall semester kicks in and a new and promising season begins, we would like to welcome everyone back to campus. This year, Emory Crew has expanded its coaching staff with Coach Jordan stepping up to head coach of both Varsity Men’s and Women’s squads, and the addition of Assistant Varsity Coaches James Black and Jenny McNair, Novice Men’s Coaches Matthew Potter and Cameron Troxel, and Novice Women’s Coaches Therese Lamperty, Emily Maxwell, and Katherine Krueger. We are excited to have this new team of coaches help us reach our goals and have a successful season!
For those of you who are interested in joining Emory Crew, we are always looking to recruit passionate and hardworking individuals who want to be a part of the best sports team here at Emory. By joining this team, you will not only get into the best shape of your life, but will also get to know your closest friends and play an important role in our success on the level of national competition. For more information, please come to these information sessions and practices.
Info Sessions (Room 306 in the Woodpec):
Tuesday Aug 28, 3pm
Thursday Aug 30, 3pm
Saturday Sep 1, 6pm
First Novice Practice:
Wednesday Aug 29, 6pm (for men) 6:30pm (for women). Meet at the ergs (behind basketball courts) on the top floor of the WoodPEC
We hope to see you there, and if you have any questions about recruitment, don’t hesitate to contact Michael Sacks (email@example.com) or Sarah Howard (firstname.lastname@example.org)!