Augusta Invitational set for this weekend

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- If it seems like there's been a few more rowing teams on the Savannah River over the last few weeks, you're right.

Teams from around the southeast and beyond have come to the Garden City for the annual Augusta Invitational.

It's the first row of the Augusta rowing team's season and you never know what you may find.

"Regattas are crazy. There's a lot of interesting people," Sarah Huskey said.

"Every regatta just gives more experience," Madison Kelly said.

The boats and the people are a portion of the excitement, but a rower said only one token hits everything on point.

"Just the reward of it, you know. Going across the finish line first feels good," Charles NIixon said.

Now the countdown begins. The invitational is the first step, but an important step to a successful rowing team.

"Personally, this regatta isn't that challenging. [I'm] looking forward to it because this will boost the morale of the rowers who have never participated in a regatta yet," Holden Usherwood said.

It's a golden opportunity to grab some gold.

"We should get gold. We hope to get gold," Underwood said.

"There's definitely some competition but we're not too worried. No one compares to Augusta," Huskey said.

Unlike the Head of the South, the regatta is at Langley Pond and features lane racing. Lane racing is several teams at once going head-to-head in the various categories.

The regatta is Saturday with the final heat around 3 p.m.

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