This past Memorial Day weekend, Senior Luke Rein (’15) and Freshman Hannah Holmes (’18) travelled to Lake Lanier to compete for the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) National Championship along with 62 other colleges and universities on the 1996 Olympic Venue.
Luke won the Men’s Single Sculls after winning both his heat and his semi-final. In a field of 27 boats ranging from South Carolina to California, Luke put open water between himself and the 2nd place finisher Univ. of Chicago. The race was completed (in order) by Michigan State, Bucknell, Virginia, Michigan, and Seattle.
Hannah finished 2nd in her Semi-final and faced tough competition in the final where she won the Bronze Medal. After closely following the leader, Penn State, for the better part of the race, Hannah was narrowly edged out by Seattle for 2nd place. Hannah’s National Championship podium finish is a sign of the great potential in the coming years for CofC Crew.
This concludes our season, and it was an amazing year. Charleston Crew continues to grow and provide an amazing opportunity and experience for our students. This is Charleston’s second National Championship in 4 years. We also took home our third SIRA Championship this year. We say goodbye to Luke, who is the most decorated Charleston Rower in history, and we look forward to the incredible foundation that Hannah has built in her first year.
See you on the water,
College of Charleston Crew