Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship Regatta
This weekend Emory Crew traveled to Oakridge, TN to race in the SIRA Regatta against teams from all over the South. The competition was fierce, and Emory raced against other club programs as well as varsity teams. Emory raced in the Varsity Men’s 8 event, the Junior Varsity Men’s 8 event, and the Varsity Women’s Club/DII/DIII 4+ event. All boats raced in the heats on Saturday morning, in semifinals on Saturday afternoon, and in the finals on Sunday.
The Varsity Men’s 8 placed 4th in their heat behind Florida Tech, Mercyhurst, and Texas, and ahead of Rollins and Auburn. Later that afternoon, they placed 3rd in their semifinal behind University of Florida and University of Delaware, and ahead of Michigain State and Dayton. On Sunday, they raced in the C Final where they placed 5th behind Notre Dame, University of Florida, Ohio State, and University of Delaware, and ahead of Texas.
The Junior Varsity Men’s 8 also placed 4th in the heat behind Notre Dame, Grand Valley, and UNC. That afternoon they placed 3rd in their semifinal behind UVA, University of Colorado, and Ohio State. On Sunday, they raced in the B Final where they placed 5th behind Grand Valley, St. Joseph’s University, UNC, and Georgia Tech, and ahead of University of Colorado.
The Varsity Women’s 4+ placed 2nd in their heat, behind Rollins and ahead of Florida Tech, Murray State, and Wake Forest. That afternoon they placed 1st in the semifinal ahead of Florida Tech, Georgia Tech, Grand Valley, UGA, and Ohio State. On Sunday, they placed 5th in the Grand Final behind Rollins, Nova Southeastern, Florida Tech, and Georgia Tech, and ahead of Wake Forest.
Though no medals were won, Emory Crew raced hard and came away prepared to train harder than ever for the infamous Dad Vail Regatta on May 7th and 8th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Spring Break and JU Scrimmage
Emory Crew traveled to Cocoa Beach, Florida over spring break for a week of hard training leading into the start of the sprint racing season. The team practiced twice a day on the water in Cocoa and then headed up to Jacksonville on Friday for their first regatta of the season, against Jacksonville University and Stetson University. The races started with the Men’s Varsity Eight, in which Emory took 2nd and 5th place. Following was the Women’s Varsity Eight, where the ladies finished third. In the Men’s Novice Four race, Emory placed third, and in the Women’s Novice Four race, they took second. In the Varsity Four races, the Emory men took 1st, and the Emory women took second.
John Hunter Regatta
On Saturday, March 27th, Emory Crew traveled to Gainesville, Georgia to compete in the John Hunter Regatta against teams from all over the country. Even in the face of stiff competition, Emory performed very impressively and earned medals in 3 events. The Men’s Varsity 8 earned a silver medal, coming in second to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in finals, and the Men’s Novice 4 earned a bronze medal. Unfortunately the Men’s Second Varsity 8 placed third in their heat and did not advance to finals. The Women’s Varsity 8 and the Women’s Varsity 4 both advanced to finals where they took 4th and 5th, respectively. The last Emory boat to medal was the Women’s Second Varsity Eight, which won a silver medal.
On Sunday, March 28th, Emory Crew returned to Gainesville, Georgia to compete in the Lanier Sprints Regatta. Overall, the team did very well and every boat finished within the top 3 spots. The Men’s Varsity 8 and the Men’s Junior Varsity 8 both took first place in their races, and the Men took first and second in the Varsity 4 race. The Women’s Varsity 8 won first place, and the Women’s Varsity 4 and Novice 4 both finished in third place.
For the last race of the regular season before the champion events, Emory Crew traveled to Lake Hartwell in Clemson, SC, this weekend to compete in the Clemson Sprints Regatta against teams from all over the Southeast. The team performed extremely well, and won multiple medals. The men’s team took 1st and 3rd in the Varsity 8, 1st and 6th in the Varsity 4, and 3rd in the Lightweight 4. The women’s team only raced one boat, the Varsity 4, which placed 2nd. This regatta brought the regular racing season to a triumphant end and carried the team closer to victory at the upcoming championship races.