WELCOME TO GSU CREW
The head of the south is the last regatta of the fall 2017 season and takes place in our very own Georgia state in the city of Augusta. The weather was for the first time absolutely perfect and nothing seemed to go wrong for the GSU crew. Our mens single club performed excellent with a time of 23:11.7 finishing the season with a medal. Our womens four also raced with a timing of 21:48.8. Finally our mixed 8 did well with a time of 21:36.9. The season concludes solidly with good signs of the rebuilding on its way. This also was the last regattas with our veteran rowers Joey de St. Aubin and our club president Wesley Dunkirk.
We wish them the best in the future.
The head of the hooch takes place at the same river that the Chattanooga head race takes place. Just like the previous races the fog seemed to be prominent causing a few delays. The results were mixed but overall showed good improvements in the novice rowers and veteran rowers. Unfortunately due to a situation, one of the mens 4+ boat had to be scratched. The womens and other mens 4 performed admirably coming in at a time of 21:50:81 and 19:30.49 respectively.
The Secret city head race was held in Oakridge, TN a quiet but comfortable venue. The race day started out with incredibly heavy fog which becomes a recurring presence in the other races causing numerous delays. Here the Novice Mens novice 4+ performed well coming at a time of 23:06. The Womens double also accomplished great things with a first place finish at a time of 24:17. The Mixed eight improved from their previous time with a 18:46 finish.
It was the first regatta of the fall season and the team was excited. For the some of the novice rowers, it was their first ever regatta. The day of the race was exceptionally foggy and resulted in a short delay to set up the race. The water was also very unusually choppy making the balance of the boat and coxing slightly troublesome. The Men’s Collegiate 4+ came in with a time of 21:22:5 and was penalized due to drifting in other lanes potentially causing a hit. The Women’s 4+ came in at a time of 22:42:9 which was not bad for the start of the season. The Women’s Championship team also won gold which was very impressive. For the veteran rowers the race proved to be a good showing for the rebuilding of the team and for the novices it brought out challenges and difficulties that needed to overcome such as crabs. Overall the race was exciting and a positive experience.
For the final regatta of the season, the team traveled back to Lake Lanier for ACRA, where teams from across the country competed for national recognition. The weather that weekend proved to be difficult as wind gusted across the course, and thunderstorms ended up cancelling the finals for the men's 2-, and the men's novice 4+ that Sunday. However, all three boats still competed in the time trials Saturday, and the women's 2-, competed in their final Saturday as well. The time trial for the women's 2- proved to be interesting as the boat was hit by another team at the finish line, causing them to flip and coming in .1 second behind their competitors. No hard feelings were exchanged as the women's pair went on to beat them in their rep later that day. The men's pair raced twice Saturday as well, in both their time trial and rep, and moved along to finals on Sunday although they did not compete. The same situation occurred for the novice men as they raced twice Saturday and had their final cancelled that Sunday.
The regatta was an excitement to be at as so many top tier teams from around the country came together to compete.
In Oakridge, Tennessee Georgia State arrived early in order to complete their time trials for the day. Boats would race once in the morning on a shortened course, staggered in head race fashion, in order to place into a final later in the day. Entered at SIRA was a women's 2-, which placed into B Finals, and won 1st in their B Final by over a minute. A men's 2- also raced, which was the first pair race for both rowers that day, and their time trial placed them in a B Final as well. The women's novice 4+ came in fourth in their final, and the men's novice 4+ did not place into any final as their heat was so big.
Lots of progress was made in terms of small boats, as the two pairs gained more experience in order to prep for ACRA.
On April 1st, Georgia State traveled to Clemson, South Carolina for a beautiful day of racing. The first entry of the day was a women's novice 4+ which replaced the women's varsity 4+ previously raced at John Hunter. The next race was the women's open 2-, which was the first pair race for both rowers, who placed in 3rd. The next race was the men's varsity 4+ who managed to shave off more seconds still from their course time earlier in the season. Following them was the men's novice 4+ who brought their course time down over thirty seconds from John Hunter several weeks earlier. Finishing off the day was the mixed open 8+, where rowers of both genders competed, earning the fastest course time of the day for the team.
The 31st John Hunter regatta took place at the Lake Lanier Olympic venue in Gainesville, Georgia. That day, five boats were entered, although only four raced. The entries included a men's novice 4+, which was the first race ever for three quarters of the boat, along side was the women's novice 4+, which was scratched and did not race. A men's varsity 4+ also raced, coming in fifth for their heat, accompanied by a women's varsity 4+, which was almost entirely a novice boat in a varsity race. The final entry of the day was a men's novice 8+, which proved to be interesting race as the novice men had an eventful finish.
It was a busy day to kick off the beginning of the season, introducing much of the team to their first sprint races.
For the final regatta of the season, the Gsu crew stayed in Georgia to compete on the Savannah River in Augusta. Initially entered were four boats, a Men's Club 4+, a Mixed 8+, Women's Club 1x, and a Mixed 4+. However, some difficulties were met, and the Women's 1x was scratched, and replaced with a Women's Club 4+. Unfortunately, even though the Mixed 8+ raced, the boat as disqualified as the number of male rowers was greater than the female rowers in the boat. The Women's Club 4+ had never competed nor practiced in their lineups, but the race went smoothly and marked the final race of the season for half of the boat. In the last race of the day, and final race of the season, the Mixed 4+ finished at 22:13.3.
Head of The South marked a beautiful end of the Fall season as we the team said farewell to two of their varsity rowers.
November 5th, Gsu crew traveled back to Chattanooga, Tennessee for one of the biggest head races in the South East. Hundreds of boats raced that day in over 35 events. Entered for Georgia State was Men's College and Club 4+, Mixed Masters 2x, Women's Championship 2x, and a Mixed Open 4+. While the Women's 2x was ultimately scratched, the other three boats continued on with their races. The Men's College and Club 4+ had 58 boats competing total, and the Gsu men finished with a time of 20:27.5. The Mixed Masters 2x had 39 boats racing, and our Gsu double came in with a time of 21:17.8. IN the final event of the day, the Mixed Open 4+, the Georgia State boat comprised entirely of novice rowers competed in a race in which their own coach was entered. They finished with a time of 22:35.6, but were beat by the Atlanta Rowing Club by two minutes.
It was a wonderful day for rowing, and an amazing experience!
Thursday: 5-7 AM
Friday: 5-7 AM
Saturday: 1-3 PM
Sunday: 1-3 PM