The University of Rhode Island men’s rowing club recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a slew of wins at the American Collegiate Rowing Association Championships in Gainesville, Georgia.
“I believe our rowers were inspired by the
celebration of the club’s founding in 1965-66, including interacting with more
than 150 alumni and the christening of a new boat named ‘Spirit of ’65’ in
honor of the founding members,” coach Bob Gillette said. "All in all, it was a
spectacular end to our 50th-anniversary season. A Head of the Charles win, a
New England champion and two national champions. We hope to ride this wave of
momentum to even greater heights next year.”
The team’s varsity lightweight four boat
and novice four boat both won national titles at the championships, with the
novice team beating out 19 other boats from around the country.
The team’s successes came after several
challenges, including efforts to find more coxswains so that it could field
more boats and working to incorporate novice rowers into boats with more
seasoned team members. The decision to separate novices into their own boat,
allowing them to compete in the novice category, paid off with their win in