Oct. 20, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -
The Alabama rowing team grabbed a bronze medal in the Club 8+ race at the 48th Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Mass. Saturday afternoon.
"Our ladies went out there, weren't intimidated by the competition or the surroundings and executed their race," UA head coach Larry Davis said. "I'm proud of how a crew that's not very experienced, especially in this environment, got the job done. You never know what kind of competition you're going to see here in Boston, but the river is always going to present some challenges, so I was happy that we had an experienced coxswain like Kiffy (Balchon)."
The Crimson Tide crossed the line in a time of 17:15.44, just 25 seconds behind Yale's winning crew and 12 seconds behind runner-up Holy Cross. Despite being blocked in with a mile left on the course, Alabama posted a strong showing, despite having fight its way into the clear after getting boxed in by another crew.
"We really kept our composure when we got impeded on the course," Davis said. "The ladies said they could have been faster if they hadn't been blocked in, but they felt they put together a solid race overall."
Led by senior coxswain Kiffy Balchon the Tide's crew consisted of sophomore Ashley Allison, junior Biranne Hadar, sophomore Emily Chadwell, freshman Kathryn Case, freshman Elaina Arsenovic, senior Jessica Parker, sophomore Caroline Blackington and senior Tabitha Coleman.
"This is the second meet in a row that this young group, which is made up mostly of freshmen and sophomores, came away with a medal, and it's always a big deal to medal at the Head of the Charles," Davis said. "We were stronger as a team than we were in Tennessee to open the season and I'm looking for us to take another big step forward when we return to Chattanooga in a few weeks."
Alabama finished ahead of more than 30 crews in the Club 8+ race, including Boston College, George Mason, Tennessee, Radcliffe and Massachusetts. The Tide moved up two spots from its 2011 finish.
The Tide closes out the fall portion of its season November 3-4 in Chattanooga, Tenn., at the Head of the Hooch.