Chattanooga Head Race

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.

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Tail of the Tiger

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.

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Fall Season Welcome Back!

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 ( or Sarah Howard (!

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Championship Racing 2012: Dad Vails and ACRAs

Following wins at the SIRA regatta, Emory Crew continued to set its sight on gold at the nation’s largest collegiate regatta, the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, PA. Having become accustomed to the pristine and glassy water at Stone Mountain, we expected the choppy Schuykill to be rougher than what we were used to, and the Schuykill certainly met these expectations. Heats started on Friday May 11th, and semifinals and finals took place on Saturday May 12th. The varsity men’s pair and single placed 4th in their heats, and following technical issues with equipment, the lightweight four placed 5th. The men’s heavyweight four placed 2nd in their heat only 2 seconds behind Minnesota, and the men’s novice eight walked through Army in the final 500m of their race to clinch a 2nd place finish. In the semifinals, MN8+ fell short placing 5th, and the MV4+ won their semifinal race, giving them good momentum going into the final. However, despite their dominant performance throughout heats and semis, the four placed an unexpected 6th in the finals.

On the women’s side, both the varsity and novice eights had strong first races, both coming in 3rd in heats. The WN8+ went on to place 6th in their semifinal. The WV8+ went straight to finals from their heat, placing 2nd in the DIII grand final. The V8 was able to debut their new Vespoil 8+, ‘The Joy’ (named after Coach Joy Smith), delivered to the course from the Vespoli factory. Breaking in a new shell is always a challenge, but the squad adjusted to the new speed and stiffness by the final.

We would like to thank Will Bringgold, the it’s Margulies and Kenty families and the University of Florida Crew for their hospitality. This weekend would not have been possible without their generosity.

In the two weeks following Dad Vails, the Emory men’s and women’s squads focused on preparing for the ACRA regatta. With school finished, the team was able to get some quality Spring Break style training. Due to summer commitments the men’s squad reduced their lightweight four to a varsity pair in addition to their single, varsity four, and novice eight. The women’s squad also broke down their boat into a varsity four and a pair.

On May 26th-27th, Emory Crew raced hard on Lake Lanier’s Olympic course, which sported a tailwind and near-record Georgian heat. The men’s single came 2nd in C finals, the men’s pair came 8th in B finals, and the men’s novice eight came in 5th in B finals. Despite being dominant in their heats and semifinal races, the men’s varsity heavyweight four finished 5th in grand finals. On the other hand, the women’s varsity heavyweight four placed 2nd in their grand final, while the pair dominated their division throughout the weekend, winning 1st their grand final to be crowned ACRA champions.

ACRAs also awarded Gabrielle Arondel (Jr.), Grace Veker (So.), Alex Dermody-McKeen (Sr.) with All-American Team Awards, and Gabrielle Arondel (Jr.), Devan Elmore (Jr.), Grace Veker (So.), Alex Dermody-McKeen (Sr.), and Ben Carr (Sr.) with Southern All-Regional Team Awards. Finally Micah Boyd was awarded the ACRA Southern All-Regional Coach Award.

We would like to congratulate our seniors – Will Aubin, Ben Carr, Eric Rusiecki, Alex Dermody-McKeen, David Silverstein, Ali Brooks, Meghan Ewen, Sofie Leenders, Nora Kenty, and Laura Eakes – on their successful Emory careers, academically and as Emory Crew oarsmen / oarswomen, and thank them for the incredible dedication and leadership they have given to this team.

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SIRAs 2012

On April 21-22, 2012, our varsity men’s and women’s squads took to the podiums at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships in Oak Ridge, TN. Competition was relentless, with many of the top collegiate crews from the South (both varsity and club) pursuing the gold. The weekend was filled with racing, with heats and semifinals on Saturday and finals on Sunday. While the weather had forecasted scattered thunderstorms throughout the weekend, the racecourse sported fairly good rowing conditions, with nothing more than a slight headwind and, thankfully, no rain.

From the very start, Emory’s Men’s Heavyweight Varsity 4+ (S: Ben Carr, 3: Adam Hanif, 2: Eric Rusiecki, B: Alex Dermody-McKean, C: Harry Goldberg) proved dominant, winning their heat by 10 seconds over George Washington University and their semifinal by 9 seconds over Grand Valley. In both races, Emory posted the fastest times out of all the crews. In the finals, the MV4+ battled University of Florida throughout the race, with UF having a slight lead over Emory through the first 1000m. Nevertheless, Emory’s four proved to be the faster and more mentally tough crew, crossing the finish line in 1st with a time of 6:43.20, 4 seconds ahead of UF.

The Women’s Heavyweight Varsity 8+ (S: Nora Kenty, 7: Ali Brooks, 6: Sofie Leenders, 5: Gabby Arondel, 4: Grace Veker, 3: Laura Eakes, 2: Jen Margulies, B: Meghan Ewen, C: Devan Elmore) performed well against tough competitors in the combined Club and Open category, coming in 3rd in both the heats and semifinals. Moving on to the B final, Emory placed 1st for the club entries and 11th overall, making Emory the winners of the club division of the Heavyweight Varsity 8+.
Junior Gabby Arondel commented, “racing varsity programs was a great experience and definitely pushed our boat to our limits. Although at first a little disappointed with an 11th place finish overall, we’re very happy to be taking home the gold for the club entries.”

Following tradition, shirts from other crews and medals were given to our winning teams as coxswains Harry Goldberg and Devan Elmore were tossed into the cold waters of Melton Lake.

Like the Varsity Women, the Novice Women 8+ raced in a combined open and club event. Despite battling against crews with more rowing experience, they landed in the B final, taking 2nd and the silver medal for the club entries and 7th overall. The men’s lightweight and novice boats and the women’s novice 4+ put out strong performances, and although they didn’t win any medals, they gained valuable racing experience and will return to Emory ready to make technical adjustments to their rowing and gain boat speed. On the other hand, while the months of hard work from the MV4+ and the WV8+ have paid off, these squads will train just as hard in the coming weeks with their eyes now set on gold at the upcoming Dad Vail regatta in Philadelphia, PA, May 11-12.

If any parents/alumni were able to attend the regatta and take pictures that they are willing to share, please email We would love to post memories of this eventful weekend on our website for all to see.

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FIRAs and Duke Scrimmage

This past weekend, the women’s and men’s squads split up for an eventful weekend of racing at two separate venues.

The women’s teams headed down to Sarasota, Florida for the FIRAs Championship regatta at the newly built Benderson Park venue, where they competed in a V8+, V4+ (A & B), N8+, and N4+ (A & B).

Conditions proved very conducive to rowing on Friday, with a calm breeze out of the west. The Varsity and Novice women’s 4+ cruised through their respective heats to advance to finals. The Novice Women’s “B” 4+ competed in finals coming in second behind UF.

On Saturday, the Varsity Women’s 8+ began the day strong with a second place finish beating the University of Florida by 1.1 seconds. Later in the day, the wind started to pick up, creating a powerful cross wind that affected most boats for the remainder of the afternoon. The Novice Women’s 8+ came in third and in the Novice “A” 4+, Emory finished fifth. Finally, finishing up the day of racing, the Varsity “B” 4+ pushed through to a second place finish behind FIT, and the Varsity “A” 4+ weathered tough conditions for a silver place medal behind Nova.

The trip went smoothly and successfully with most boats returning with a medal and fond memories. The girls are excited to compete again next weekend against most of the same teams – this time, with their eyes locked on gold!

Meanwhile, the men’s teams traveled up to Durham, North Carolina to scrimmage Duke University. Conditions on the course at Duke’s Lake Michie were nearly perfect, with a slight tailwind and calm water reminiscent of Stone Mountain Lake. All squads put out strong performances, with Varsity 4+, Varsity 8+, Novice 8+ and Novice 4+ beating the Duke boats by a fair margin. Emory’s Lightweight 8+ was stroke for stroke with the Duke LWT 8+, but was unable to pull away, resulting in a loss of less than 0.2 seconds. The day ended seeing two exhausted crews racing in the Lightweight 4+, with Duke winning by a boat length.

The men’s squads gained crucial racing experience this weekend, and will continue to refine the technical aspects of their rowing over the next week in preparation for SIRAs and the rest of the championship racing season. We would like to thank Duke University Crew for this great opportunity and for their generous hospitality.

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Coming to SIRAs/Dad Vails/ACRAs?

Dear alumni and parents,

The spring academic season is coming to a close (1 month left!!), which marks the coming of the championship racing season! Please come support our rowers as we row towards gold at SIRAs (April 21st/22nd), Dad Vails (May 11th/12th), and ACRAs (May 26/27th)!

Additionally, we will be bringing Emory Crew apparel to these regattas, so if you are planning on attending one of these regattas and are interested in purchasing Emory Crew apparel, please send your orders (or any questions) to

We hope to see you there!

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John Hunter Regatta 2012

Emory Crew put out strong performances from all four squads this past Saturday at the John Hunter Regatta. Despite the fair headwind on the course, weather at Lake Lanier was sunny and ~80F, a very welcomed departure from last year’s thunderstorms. The Women’s Varsity 4+ took gold while the Women’s Varsity 8+ took 3rd in their category. The Men’s Varsity Heavyweight 4s (A and B) finished 3rd in the V4+ and JV4+ categories respectively. A strong performance from the novice women earned them 2nd place in the NW4+. Overall, the regatta proved to be good racing experience for all squads, as well as a useful benchmark for our training as we enter championship racing season.

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Spring Break 2012 – Cocoa Beach, FL

Emory Crew spent this year’s spring break training in Cocoa Beach, FL. All four squads spent two practices a day soaking up the sun and working on their tans while honing in on the technical aspects of rowing in order to translate winter season erging into boatspeed. Although we did not have a scrimmage at the end of the week with which to gauge our improvement, all four squads improved immensely, with the novices starting to work effectively as a single unit in a boat and learning the joys of sprint racing, and the varsity polishing out the subtleties in their strokes. We hope to maintain and build on these improvements as we progress into the spring sprint season.

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A-Town Cup 2012

On Saturday, February 25th, Emory Crew welcomed the Georgia Tech and University of Georgia Crews to Stone Mountain for the A-Town Cup Scrimmage. All crews performed well for the first sprint scrimmage of the year. Having only had a handful of water practices this season, all squads used this opportunity to identify what they did well and what needed improvement. With spring break quickly approaching, these insights are valuable to the continued development of all squads on the team.

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