January 29, 2016

Summer 2015 Recap

Summer 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. The first comes from the women’s competitive sweep team.

The summer of 2015 was an exciting one for the women’s competitive sweep team, which saw the team expand to 26 rowers and 2 coaches. In the run up to the Masters National Regatta, the ACR women competed in the Stonewall Regatta, Schuylkill Navy Regatta, Richmond Rowing Club Invitational, Independence Day Regatta, Capital Sprints, Occoquan Masters Sprints, and Diamond State Masters Regatta. ACR saw much success, taking gold in the women’s 8+ at the Stonewall, Richmond, and Occoquan regattas, as well as first place in the women’s 4+ at the Stonewall, Schuylkill Navy, Richmond, Independence Day, and Occoquan regattas.

The summer season culminated with competition at the USRowing Masters National Championships in Camden, New Jersey, from August 13-16. There, the dedication of the women’s competitive sweep team was rewarded. At Masters Nationals, events are divided into Club and Open categories. Club events require all participants to live within 50-miles of their club of affiliation while Open events can pull the best rowers from across the country into composite boats. On the second day of the regatta, ACR won the Women’s Club C 4+ (43-49) category and the Highlander Trophy. In addition, the Women’s Open C 4+ took home the silver in a photo-finish with a time of 3:51.053 compared to 3:51.009 for a composite boat. On the final day of Nationals, ACR won the Women’s Club B 4+ (36-42) and the Ogliore Trophy. To finish off the day, ACR won an aggressive second place finish in the Women’s B 2-. Silver in the pair brought the finally count to 10 gold medals, 7 silver medals, two trophies, and two national titles for the women’s team.

The team is looking forward to the 2016 season which they hope will include competition on the national level next summer in Worcester, Massachusetts, and on the world stage in Copenhagen, Denmark.