Crew had an excellent spring season, and achieved some of our best results yet while growing stronger as an organization and building good process.
The team spent the winter in the erg room doing conditioning practices and went to Florida for our spring training trip, and this preparation and hard work showed during the season.
The women raced in three races, the Kerr Cup on April 19th, the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships on April 26th, and the Dad Vail Regatta on May 9th-10th.
The men raced in two races, the Kerr Cup and the MARC Champs.
The team had a very strong showing at the MARC champs, with the women placing 2nd of 4 boats in the club 8+ and 2nd of 12 boats in the novice 4+ and the men placing 5th of 8 boats. Competing against DIII varsity and programs at the MARC for the first time, this was a huge success for the team and a milestone in our development.
The women’s varsity 8+ raced at the Dad Vail, the largest intercollegiate regatta in the nation, in the Open 8+ event against top level, Division I varsity crews. This was the culmination of a tremendous amount of hard work on their part and the second year that they have competed at the race.
Overall, the team worked hard to improve and become more competitive, build a positive and fun team culture, and take ownership of the organization as a student driven program that can compete with varsity programs and top level clubs from other schools. We have been revisiting and improving our leadership structure to reflect the demands of running a competitive team, and have been in dialogue with other programs, including Bowdoin and Michigan, on how to thrive as a club rowing team. We hope to continue this process next year, with a focus on setting long term goals for competition, equipment needs, and institutional memory.