Fall 2014 Schedule
Occoquan Challenge (10/5)
Head of the Charles (10/18)
Chick Chase Home Regatta (10/25)
Head of the Hooch (11/1)
Head of the South (11/8)
Head of the South
WMRC capped off its impressive Fall Season with an incredible showing at the Head of the South regatta in Augusta, GA. With first place finishes from a number of W&M Boats, the team ended with the third most points overall. Here's to a great season, and a strong kickoff to Winter Training!
Head of the Hooch
The team made its annual trip to Tennessee to compete at the Head of the Hooch in Tennessee. Unfortunately, poor weather led to a cancellation of the majority of the weekend, but the Seniors were still able to take first place in the Mixed 8+. Better luck next year, Juniors!
WMRC hosted other Virginia schools at its first home regatta: the Chick Chase on the Chickahominy River. Everyone rowed hard, and in doing so got some much-needed experience to work with for the last leg of the season!
Head of the Charles
The team sent three boats to rowing's premier North American Regatta: The Head of the Charles in Boston, MA. All three boats finished well amid tough competition, and the Mens 4+ was able to earn a bid back next year!!
For the first regatta of the season, the team traveled to Fairfax, VA to row on the Occoquan River -- a familiar site for many of the rowers that call Virginia their home. Here, the team kicked off its fall season to impressive results, highlighted by the work done by both Novice squads. Way to go team!!
For the final regatta of the season, a contingent from the WMRC traveled down to Georgia to compete in the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championships on Lake Lanier, site of the 1996 Summer Olympics. The boats that competed rowed hard, capping off our spring season right. Congratulations to everyone on a great year, and good luck to our graduating seniors!!!!
Dad Vail Regatta
This May, WMRC had the opportunity to compete in the 76th Annual Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Our team represented William & Mary proudly, with strong outings that included a number of berths to the semi-final rounds for multiple events, along with personal bests for individual boats. Way to go team! Special thanks to Connor Kee for event photos.
WMRC went down to Oak Ridge, Tennessee to compete in the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Championships. Our team performed exceedingly well, highlighted by a second place finish for the Varsity Women's 2- and a first place finish out of all club teams by the Varsity Women's 4+! Special thanks to Connor Kee for photos from the event.
WMRC traveled to Sandy Run Park in Occoquan, Virginia, to compete against other clubs from along the East Coast. We earned first place finishes in the Novice Men's Lightweight 4+, Varsity Women's 2-, Varsity Women's 4+, as well as solid finishes for all squads across the board. Special thanks to Mr. Sawyer for the incredible photos from the event.
This March, the WMRC was invited to Rockett's Landing in Richmond to duel against crews from Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Maryland, and University of Maryland Baltimore County. Despite less than ideal weather conditions, both the varsity and novice squads fielded competitive boats and gained important on-water racing experience to kick off the Spring Season.
Colonial Erg Sprints
WMRC hosted its annual Colonial Erg Sprints at the William and Mary Campus Recreation Center. Attending schools included Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University, North Carolina State University, University of Richmond, and Old Dominion University. Congratulations to all of the rowers (and coxswains and coaches) that posted personal best times on their 2K's to finish off winter training!
Homecoming Parade & Tailgate
WMRC showed their school spirit by joining in the Homecoming Parade! The next day, we held a tailgate before the W&M football game against Towson. We were excited for the return of our alumni, and the Tribe defeated the Dukes 17-7! Special thanks to Mrs. Mitchell for the festive cupcakes.
Boat Naming Ceremony
The newest addition to our boathouse, the beautiful, black Vespoli 4+, was officially christened the Mary Mitchell '85 on the morning of October 26th. We were moved by the speech of our generous donor Beth S. Covin that allowed us to learn about the life of the boat's namesake, Mary Mitchell, a William and Mary alumnus who lived life to the fullest.
Head of the Lafayette
Our novice class traveled to the Norfolk to compete in their first regatta on October 27th. Both crews raced in the Collegiate 8+ and 4+ categories, gaining invaluable experience while being cheered on by their teammates.
Head of the Charles
This year we received two entries, a Mens Club 4+ and a Womens Club 4+. Both races were on Saturday Oct. 19; the men raced at 1:14pm and the women raced at 1:39pm. The men came in 22nd out of 50 with a time of 17:48.93 and received an automatic bid to the Head of the Charles 2014! The women placed 25th out of 47 with a time of 20:13.42. The team is immensely proud of both crews and had a wonderful trip to Boston.