March 17, 2012
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. -
The Alabama rowing team opened its spring season with an up and down performance on day one of the Oak Ridge Invitational on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. which got off to a late start following a one-hour weather delay.
Alabama's second varsity 8+ had the best day of the four Crimson Tide boats that competed at the invitational.
"I thought the highlight of the day was the way our second varsity 8+ turned around from their first race in the morning, where they didn't have a particularly good row, to correct a lot of things we talked about between the races," UA head coach Larry Davis said. "They came back in the evening and rowed a much, much better race."
In the morning session, UA's second varsity 8+ was runner-up to Notre Dame by 18 seconds with a time of 7:01.00. Alabama shaved more than 10 seconds off its time in the evening session, crossing the line at 6:49.9, finishing second to Tennessee's 6:37.6.
"That was the closest we've come to Tennessee's second varsity 8+ to date," Davis said.
Alabama's first varsity 8+ got off to a rocky start, turning in a 6:49.00 to finish second to Notre Dame in the afternoon session. The Tide then finished third in the evening session behind Tennessee and Dayton after crossing the line at 6:39.3. Despite its close finish to Tennessee, the Tide's performance wasn't what Davis was looking for.
"In the first varsity 8+ race, it was a `good news, bad news' scenario," Davis said. "We were about as close as we've ever been to Tennessee in that race, but we should have been able to get through Dayton. We got off to a reasonable start; we just didn't have a good race after that point."
In other action, Alabama's novice 8+ was second to Notre Dame in the afternoon with a time of 7:22.00 and second to Tennessee in the evening with a time of 7:12.2. The Tide's first varsity 4+ was also second to Notre Dame and Tennessee, with time of 7:51.0 and 7:48.5 respectively.
The Tide returns to action Sunday at 12 p.m. EDT against Louisville and Kansas.