April 27, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The Alabama rowing team completed competition in its two sessions of racing Saturday at the fifth Annual Dale England Cup at Lake Lemon. The Crimson Tide wrapped up the full day with a total of 10 races at Riddle Point Park.
"The conditions were good in the morning and horrendous in the afternoon," Alabama rowing coach Larry Davissaid. "Overall we did alright in the nasty conditions. The water was good in the morning and we made some adjustments to pick up a lot of time. It was good to see we improved against tough competition."
Alabama opened day two early in the morning with a close second place finish in the 2nd varsity 4+ race with a time of 8:23.2. The Tide then took second in the 1st novice 8+ with a time of 7:42.2. In the 1st varsity 4+ race UA finished second to Indiana in a time of 7:26.1.
The Tide posted a 7:26.1 in the 2nd varsity 8+ race and then a 7:05.9 in the 1st varsity 8+ to wrap up the morning session.
UA returned to the water in rough afternoon conditions racing against Iowa. The Tide was edged by the Hawkeyes in the 2nd varsity 4+ with a time of 9:28.5. The first novice 8+ finished with a time of 8:40.5 before the 1st varsity 4+ crossed the line in 9:56.2.
The 2nd varsity 8+ boat for the Tide finished with an 8:31.0 and then Alabama wrapped up the weekend with an 8:11.5 in the 1st varsity 8+ race.
"We are a lighter crew and it is tough going in those conditions," Davis said. "The crews we rowed against were better suited for those conditions but we didn't freak out and our composure was good. The crews are tenacious and are making corrections. We have made some progress and are getting a little bit better each race."
Alabama will have a couple weeks to prepare for the Conference USA Championship at Oak Ridge, Tenn. Competition will being on Friday, May 17 on Melton Hill Lake.