This past weekend, our President, Dana Pagliara traveled to her alma mater with fellow rowing alumni to Chapel Hill to celebrate UNC Crew’s golden anniversary. It was a three day event with festivities highlighting the university’s rowing past, present and future.
In February of 1970, the UNC Men’s Crew Club was born and received their first two shells. Rowing had officially come to Carolina! In 1973, the first Women’s Collegiate Rowing Team in the SouthEast was launched. Five decades later, rowing at Carolina continues to flourish. Between three distinct crew programs, nearly 2,000 men and women have bent an oar at University Lake.
Dana was a member of the 1985-1986 Women’s team. She also coxed on occasion for the Men’s team when they needed her to assist at a regatta.
“The love of competition, camaraderie, and being part of a team larger than myself are still true to this day as I take a shell on the water with my OBCR Masters or watch our junior crews on Oyster Bay.
It was a great weekend and we remembered what it was like when we were all younger versions of our current selves! We may not have been in peak condition, but many of us jumped back into an 8+ to row again on University Lake. I still feel the water seeping through my toes as we lowered the shell into the water from our old dock!
The Gala Dinner at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center was filled with over 300 rower alums, family, and friends. What an incredible trip down memory lane with a silent auction and a slide show on the history and highlights of our past victories. The future looks very bright for the UNC Mens and Women’s Crew teams, and I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to participate. As Mike Nicholls, lead speaker and for whom the boathouse is named, said to all assembled ‘Once connected by the oar, now connected for life’. Go Heels!”
-Dana Pagliara, UNC Class of ‘89