February 15, 2016

Men’s Competitive Sweep 2015 Recap

Men’s Competitive Sweep 2015 Recap

As we continue to power through winter conditioning workouts and anticipate the 2016 season, we will be taking a few opportunities to look back on some highlights from the 2015 season. This week’s entry comes from the men’s competitive sweep team.

For the ACR Men’s Competitive team the past season represented a period of rebuilding. The team began the 2015 season with a relatively small number of rowers in its ranks, but by the end of the season, the team had virtually doubled in size. Recruitment from both within the ranks at ACR, including welcome additions from the Intermediate Sweep program, and from outside created greater depth as well as an appreciable increase in enthusiasm. This made for a strong showing in the fall head races that included a return after several years’ absence to both the Head of the Schuylkill and the Head of the Hooch. It was a disappointment not to be successful in a bid for the Head of the Charles after a long run of races in Boston, but “there is always next year.”

Overall, the team enjoyed measurable success at several sprint and head race regattas earning medals in both sweep and sculling events at Stonewall, Head of the Schuylkill, and Head of the Occoquan. In addition, there were a number of very close finishes that might not have resulted in the awarding of a medal but nonetheless bolstered the confidence of the rowers involved and the team as a whole.

Going into the 2016 season, the prospects for the ACR Men’s Competitive team are very positive. Winter conditioning has been well attended, and in the process, the team has gained more new members. Also encouraging was a strong showing by the men at the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints which saw participation in events ranging from the marathon to relays and slide races. By the end of the day there quite a few medals on display. Furthermore, the team is acquiring a new eight to add to the fleet, and although there is always the sobering realization that it is the crew that counts, this has added to the sense that everybody is ready to hit the water at the end of March!