The College of Charleston Crew team, though suffering a tough match at the Head of the Hooch, made a spectacular rebound at this year’s Head of the South.
With the season being prefaced by a myriad of issues, namely the sudden absence of the men’s captain, the first regatta of the season proved tough for the team. Held on November 5th in Chattanooga, TN, it was the first time the team was out for a national race this season.
The men put out Light 4+, a Club 4+, a Championship 8+, a 4+ novice, and a Championship 1X team. The Light 4+ picked up a 6th out 15 teams with a time of 17:28. Club 4+ managed to claim 23rd out of 38. Champ 8x finished with a time of 17:41, but it wasn’t enough to pull them out of last place. The final match for the veterans, the Championship 1X, was where the Cougars capture 23rd place once again. The new comers to the team finished in 16th place out of 28 teams.
The women’s teams for club 8+, club 4th, as well as two novice teams, a 4+ and 8+, had a similarly tough weekend. The 8+ team finished 13th while the 4+ team finished 27th. The novice teams had an especially hard time, with the 8+ finishing 41st out of 49 teams, and the 4+ taking away 33rd out of 34.
After a disappointing weekend, the team vowed to make it up in the prestigious Head of the South this past weekend. They more than lived up to that vow, placing high in nearly every category they entered.
Adding a Light 4+ to the ranks, the women did the Cougars proud. Club 8+ and Club 4+ placed 5th and 7th respectively. Though the Light 4+ came in last for their race, it wasn’t for lack of effort, but experience as they rowed in their first major regatta of the season. The 4+ (A and B) and 8+ novice teams did not disappoint with the 4+’s A win of 5th place and B win of 16th and 8+’s 8th place finish.
The men’s team put out a Championship 1X team, a Club 4+, a light 4+, Championship 8+, as well as a Novice 4+ and Novice 8+ team. They started off the day with a bang, taking home second place in the Championship 1X race with a time of 19:17. The Club 4+ placed 6th out of 12 teams, but the light 4+ edged out Clemson by 5 seconds to take 1st place. Another close race resulted in a two second span between Virginia Tech’s second place face and the Cougars triumphant first place win in the Championship 8+ race.
The Novice men’s 4+ team took home 10th place after a hard fought race, while the 8+ brought home 12th.
After a long, rough season, the Cougars managed to show how a club team struggling for funds, time, and support can do the College proud. To keep up with the team, make sure to check out cofccrew.org and follow @GSOClubSports.