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‘We are literally Black history’: St. Aug’s launches first HBCU women’s crew team

Five college students wearing hoodies and Crocs approached the dock at Lake Wheeler on a brisk Sunday morning in April. The women from Saint Augustine’s University cracked jokes as they fumbled with their inflatable lifejacket belts. Then their attention quickly turned to a rowing coach who reviewed coxswain calls and the portside versus starboard side of the boat. They helped carry a 300-pound, 8-person Vespoli rowing shell down to the water, lifted it over their heads in sync, dropped it in the lake and cautiously stepped in.

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