On September 19th we held our annual Family Weekend at the Lake! Parents and family came to Percy Priest Lake to get a taste of rowing. They also had an opportunity to take a few strokes on our barge. Thank you to all of the parents who made it out to the lake for a memorable morning.
Vanderbilt Rowing also held naming ceremonies for three of our boats:
Head Coach Jon Miller was joined by Friends of Vanderbilt Rowing president Alex Garza to dedicate the pair, Three’s A Crowd, to Vanderbilt Rowing Class of 2012.
Another pair, Motley Crew, was named by the Swebilius family.
Our single, Lynne Yeomans Craver, was named by Dr. Craver and the Craver family.
Coach Jon Miller standing with Motley Crew, Lynne Yeomans Craver, and Three's a Crowd.
Information meetings will take place August 31st – September 2nd at 8pm at the Vanderbilt Rec Center in room West 1B.
We will be present at the Student Organization Fair at Commons on August 28th. After the Org Fair we will be holding an Open House at 6pm in our erg room (Rec Center room West 1B).
If you are looking to join a new sport or continue your rowing career, consider joining one of the most competitive club teams at Vanderbilt University. The Vanderbilt Rowing Team is a hardworking, successful group of athletes who excel both on the water and in the classroom. We are looking for people interested in becoming either rowers or coxswains, who have a strong work ethic and drive to accomplish goals alongside their teammates.
Vanderbilt Rowing competed against crews from across the country on May 23-24 at the American Collegiate Rowing Association’s national championship regatta.
All crews faced fierce competition. On the women’s side, both the novice four and the varsity eight competed in the petite finals, and after a close race the varsity eight placed third in their event! The men’s crews also saw very competitive heats, with the varsity men’s four finishing first in their final.
Below are the full results:
Women’s Pair: 1st in B Final
Novice Women’s Four: 5th in B Final
Varsity Men’s Four: 1st in D Final
Varsity Women’s Eight: 3rd in B Final
Varsity Men’s Eight: 5th in C Final
We also had several athletes recognized for their accomplishments on and off the water. Michael Levin and Andrew Kress both made the ACRA All-American Southern Men’s Eight, while Joanna Palmer and Yuna Pyun made the Southern Women’s Eight.
Matthew Abemayor, Eva Botkin-Kowacki, Sophia Day, Michael Levin, Shana Luo, Joanna Palmer, and Yuna Pyun also received the ACRA Academic Award for maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or greater. Congratulations to all recipients!
Last night Vanderbilt Rowing held its annual banquet in which we honored the achievements of our seniors and rowers and recognized our dedicated coaches. Thank you to all of our friends and family who were able to make it to Nashville and celebrate these accomplishments with us.
Our seniors, from left to right: Eva Botkin-Kowacki, Joanna Palmer, Yuan Xie, Michael Levin, Matthew Abemayor
Our seniors: Matthew Abemayor, Eva Botkin-Kowacki, Michael Levin, Joanna Palmer, and Yuan Xie
Most improved novice woman: Caslen Johnson
Most valuable novice woman: Maria Swebilius
Most improved novice man: Dylan Casler
Most valuable novice man: Griffin Meert
Most improved varsity woman: Georgia Lu
Varsity Women’s Black and Gold Award (MVP): Yuna Pyun
Most improved varsity man: Connor Donahue
Varsity Men’s Black and Gold Award (MVP): Matthew Abemayor
Commodore Award: Eva Botkin-Kowacki
Comeback Athlete of the Year: Joanna Palmer
Pictured: Maria Swebilius, most valuable novice woman, and Caslen Johnson, most improved novice woman
April 18-19 marked the 2015 SIRA Championship Regatta. Vanderbilt Crew travelled to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to compete alongside fifty-seven other teams. Unfortunately, storms on the 19th led to the cancellation of many finals, including all of Vanderbilt’s.
Vanderbilt Varsity Women's 8 racing in their heat at SIRA Championship Regatta, 18 April 2015.
On the 19th, Vanderbilt crews were to race in the following finals:
Novice Women’s 8+: B Final
Varsity Women’s 8+: C Final
Varsity Men’s 8+: C Final
On April 4 Vanderbilt Rowing traveled to Cincinnati, OH to compete in the Cincinnati Regatta. Some Commodore crews returned home with medals, others with new aspirations after seeing some fast competition. All crews found a new level of speed by pushing against the competition. Congratulations to the Novice Women’s 8+ for bringing home silver medals and the Varsity Women’s 8+ for earning bronze! You can find the full results here.
The Novice Women's 4+ racing to the finish in the final at the Cincinnati Regatta.
John Hunter Regatta
At John Hunter Regatta in Gainesville, GA on March 28, Vanderbilt crews raced in both eights and fours events. The regatta boasted 43 clubs competing on the former Olympic course. The Commodores saw the toughest competition yet, but Vanderbilt still managed to place highly and bring back some medals. Here are the full results:
Vanderbilt Rowing hosted Washington University, the University of Cincinnati, St. Louis University, Emory University and the University of Dayton at home in Nashville, TN on March 21 . The visiting crews gave the Commodores some tough racing, but the Vanderbilt crews fought hard. The athletes raced multiple times in both eights and fours with anywhere from one to five boats across. A number of Vanderbilt crews earned first place finishes in their flights. Those winning crews were the Novice Women’s 8+, the Novice Women’s 4+, the Varsity Women’s 8+, the Varsity Men’s 4+, and the Varsity Women’s 4+. You can find the full results here.
The Commodores began the season racing Tulane University, Northwestern State University and Rice University in New Orleans, LA on March 7. This concluded a week of intensive training in New Orleans over spring break. Tulane provided some tough competition, but the Vanderbilt boats largely saw success over Northwestern and Rice. See the full results here.
Here are some pictures from the spring training trip in New Orleans, LA.
The Commodores officially opened their fall racing season by competing in Chattanooga on October 11. The athletes raced hard, with many crews earning medals. Both the novice women’s and men’s B eights won GOLD! Some of the highlights are below:
Meet us at these events to learn about the program:
Organization Fair on August 22
Boat on the Lawn event on August 25
*INFORMATION MEETINGS: August 25, 26, 27 at 8pm
Mon. & Wed. – Commons 237
Tues. – Commons 235
If you are looking to join a new sport, or continue your rowing career, consider joining one of the most competitive club teams at Vanderbilt University. The Vanderbilt Rowing Team is a hard working, successful group of athletes who excel both on the water and in the classroom. We are looking for people interested in being either rowers or coxswains, who have a strong work ethic and desire to accomplish goals alongside their teammates. Remember:
Over Memorial Day weekend, the Commodores competed against the fastest club crews in the nation at the American Collegiate Rowing Association’s national championship regatta.
The women’s team returned to Nashville with the small-boats point trophy. Vanderbilt has won the trophy both years it has existed. As all the Vanderbilt women’s crews competed in the grand finals, each added points to the count. The women’s quad contributed many points, bringing home GOLD medals in their event!
The men saw more competition in their events and raced hard to earn places in the petite final in all boats. The novice men’s four saw an especially tight race. The men finished in a close second in the B final. This placed them 10th overall, out of 28 boats. Full results are as follows:
Women’s Quad: 1st in the A final
Varsity Women’s Pair: 6th in the A final
Varsity Men’s Pair: 5th in the B final
Novice Women’s Four: 7th in the A final
Novice Men’s Four: 2nd in the B final
Varsity Women’s Four: 4th in the A final
Varsity Men’s Four: 6th in the B final