Last weekend (November 4-5), the CWRU Crew team travelled to Chattanooga, Tennessee to compete in the Head of the Hooch regatta. Also known as “The Last of the Great Fall Regattas”, the Head of the Hooch is the second largest fall regatta in the world, only outsized by the Head of the Charles (Boston, MA). It draws competitors from all over the US and even Canada; almost 200 teams raced this year, and there were over 2,000 boats entered.
CWRU Crew raced two boats - a Men’s College and Club 8+ and a Women’s College and Club 8+. The women placed first out of 28 in their race, beating out schools like Clemson, University of Florida, Georgia Tech, and University of Texas and garnering the team’s first ever gold medal at Head of the Hooch. The men placed 10th out of 35, less than four seconds behind Ohio State and besting many larger schools like Texas, who was last year’s winner, Georgia Tech, DePaul, and Emory as well as improving on their time from the previous year.
This race marked the end of the fall season for CWRU Crew, who now will move indoors to begin winter training for the spring season in April and May.