April 28, 2012
HANOVER, N.H. - The Alabama rowing team finished third in three of its races against Dartmouth and Cornell on the Connecticut River Saturday.
"We went up against some tough competition today," UA head coach Larry Davis said. "Dartmouth and Cornell's First Varsity 8+ boats are possibly going to have enough speed to get into the NCAA Championships this year. The good news is that even though we were racing against some very fast competition, the ladies kept at it throughout and that's important. We haven't always done that this spring."
Alabama's First Varsity 8+ turned in a time of 6:46.0, while Cornell won the race with a 6:24.0 followed a fraction behind with a 6:24.4. In the Second Varsity 8+ race, the Tide crossed the line at 6:49.1, while Cornell once again took first with a 6:30.9 followed by Dartmouth's 6:36.5.
"Our Second Varsity 8+ was probably the closest to Dartmouth and Cornell," Davis said. "It was very cold on the course, and there was a bit of a cross wind, but I thought our ladies tolerated the cold pretty well for the first time they've had to deal with something like that in quite some time."
In the First Varsity 4+, Alabama took third with a 7:49.2. Cornell once again took first with a 7:23.1 and Dartmouth was second at 7:37.1. Alabama's First Novice 8+ competed against Cornell's Third Varsity 8+, taking second with a time of 7:26.2 while Cornell crossed the line at 7:02.7.
"Overall I thought we rowed at the level we're trying to attain," Davis said. "We're still not quite there, to where we've hit our stride and are firing on all cylinders, but I do think we made some progress this weekend."
Alabama closes out its season at the Conference USA Championships May 11-12 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.