April 26, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The Alabama rowing team opened competition at the fifth annual Dale England Cup by participating in five races, Friday afternoon at Lake Lemon in Riddle Point Park. It marked the first of two days for the Crimson Tide in Indiana, facing off against Notre Dame.
"In today's racing we did some things we wanted to do but also a few things we need to polish up on," Alabama head rowing coach Larry Davis said. "The winds were variable and it got choppy as the day went on and that is something we didn't handle as much as I would have liked."
Alabama opened the afternoon by finishing third in the 2nd varsity 4+ race with a time of 8:25.3. UA then took second in the 1st novice 8+ event with a time of 7:29.6, beating the Notre Dame "B" boat.
"We need a little more consistency in our racing," Davis said. "I think we got a little better today. We are still looking for that A-race we want to put on the water and while we are getting better and are still working on that, that is what our goal is tomorrow."
The 1st varsity 4+ took second behind Notre Dame with an 8:21.1 and then fell to the Irish in the 2nd varsity 8+ race with a 7:24.1. Alabama wrapped up day one, finishing behind Notre Dame in the 1st varsity 8+ race with a time of 7:17.2
Alabama will resume racing on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. ET. The Tide will compete in five races before returning to the water for five more in the afternoon. UA will go up against Iowa and host school Indiana tomorrow.