March 27, 2010
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Alabama rowing team won a pair of races in its double-dual meet against Tennessee, Louisville and Dartmouth on the Lake Horton in Knoxville, Tenn., this weekend.
"Overall we had a good showing," UA head coach Larry Davis. "With Tennessee, Dartmouth and Louisville all in or near the top 20, this is deepest field we've seen and this was our first double-dual situation. I was pleased with how we handled the situation."
The Crimson Tide's Novice 8+ beat Tennessee by nearly nine seconds, crossing the line with a 7:02.1. The same boat beat Louisville by almost half a minute, clocking in at 6:52.4.
Alabama's First Varsity 8+ finished a little more than a second back of Louisville, posting a 6:28.9. Against Tennessee, the Tide's First Varsity 8+ finished 10 seconds behind with a time of 6:39.4.
"We were very close to pulling out the win in several races," Davis said. "The base speed is there, now we just need to polish some things. Right now - and this is largely due to not having as much time on the water as we'd like - due to the weather, we lack some of the subtle things we need to be more efficient and have that little bit of extra speed at the end."
The Tide's Varsity 4+ boat was less than a second behind Louisville with a time of 7:33.5 and 1.2 seconds in back of Tennessee with a 7:42.9. In the Second Varsity 4+ race the Tide finished with a 7:44.1 to Tennessee's 7:33.0.
The Tide's Second Varsity 8+ crossed the line at 6:40.6, eight seconds behind Louisville as well as finishing 20 seconds behind the Lady Vols after posting a 7:05.8.
Alabama returns to action Saturday, April 3 on the Black Warrior River when it hosts its final home meet of the spring season against Oklahoma and Old Dominion.