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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!
Late October, the team traveled to Oak Ridge, Tennessee for this year's Secret City Head Race. The weather was perfect for competing, and entered in the day's races were two Mixed 4+'s, a Men's 4+, and a Mixed 8+. During the Mixed 4+, one of the Georgia State boats placed won bronze in third place, only one second behind UTC, coming in at 21:54.1. The Men's 4+ also raced later that day against 6 other boats, and the race was the milestone for one of the novice coxswains as well. In the final race of the day, Georgia State Mixed 8+ came in second behind UTC at 20:54.9.
The day was a source of pride for the team, having medalled twice, and the regatta went smoothly overall.
On October 8th, 2016 Gsu crew woke up early to make the trek to Chattanooga for the annual Chattanooga Head Race. Entered to race that day was a Men's Varsity 4+, Women's Championship 1x, Mixed 8+, and two Mixed Master 4+'s. Due to the windy weather, the course was shortened from 5000m to 2500m. The wind meant that the Novice Mixed 4 was scratched, but the Varsity Mixed 4 still competed later that day. The Men's Varsity 4+ raced against 27 other boats in the third race of the day, while our team captain came in first for the Women's Championship 1x. Despite the intense winds constantly pushing the boat, the Mixed 8+ still competed, which was the first event for all of the season's novice rowers. The Mixed 4 that stayed in the race won gold as they came in with a time of 10:38.1.
The Chattanooga Head Race was a great intro to the season, and the Gsu crew is proud of it's Women's Championship 1x and Mixed Masters 4+ that won first that day!
GSU Crew's 2016 Spring season came to a close this weekend as we competed in Oak Ridge, TN at the SIRA Championship Regatta. The day opened with time trials, where our WV4+ posted a time of 7:06.56, which qualified them for the B heat of the semifinals, our MN4+ posted a time of 7:04.09, which qualified them for the D heat of the lower finals, and our MV4+ posted a time of 7:20.15, which qualified them for the E heat of the lower finals. During the afternoon races, the WV4+ posted a time of 8:34.14, which placed second in their heat and qualified them for the A heat of the Grand Final on Sunday, the MN4+ posted a time of 8:21.12, and the MV4+ posted a time of 8:33.44.
In the Grand Final on Sunday, the WV4+ posted a time of 8:17.72, giving them a fifth place finish in their championship heat.
GSU Crew is happy to close its 2016 Spring season season on a successful note. We are very proud of all of the work that was put in by our competitors this season and the results that it produced and are exited to begin summer training to prepare for the 2016 Fall season!
GSU Crew made a trip to Guntersville, AL this weekend to compete with crews from LSU, Berry, and Samford in a friendly scrimmage to prepare for SIRA the following weekend. Unfortunately, weather conditions in Guntersville brewed winds that made conditions on the race course unsafe to row. Leadership within the crews in attendance decided to make the best of a bad situation and rent out the use of a local workout facility with access to ERGs and hold a relay-based ERG sprint race for each scheduled race. At the end of all races GSU Crew left with a First Place finish in the Mixed 4+ and MV4+, Second in the WV4+, and Third in the MV4+. Once all scheduled races were complete, the crews decided to also field a coxswain race with four coxswains per team completing a 1000 meter relay; GSU Crew took home second in this event as well. We look forward to closing out our season next weekend at the SIRA Championship Regatta!
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