Nov. 4, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala -
The Alabama rowing team closed out its fall season with a bronze medal finish in the Open 8+ race on the second and final day of the Head of the Hooch Regatta on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tenn.
"We made some improvements over yesterday," UA head coach Larry Davis said. "More than anything, I think we came out and made a stronger commitment to rowing our best and that made a big difference."
The Crimson Tide's "A" boat finished third behind Louisville and Miami after posting a time of 17:11.0. Among others, the Alabama "A" boat finished well ahead of Tennessee's first boat, marking the second time in school history and the second time this season the Tide's top boat has finished ahead of the Lady Vols.
"This weekend was another big step for our program," Davis said. "For the first time in our history our top boat medaled in all three of the big regattas that we went to and that's a high watermark for us."
Overall, Alabama had four boats in the Open 8+ race, including its "B" boat, which finished 12th with a time of 17:36.7, its "C" boat, which finished 18th with an 18:03.4 and its novice boat, which crossed the line with a 19:13.3, finishing in 32nd place.
"All four of our boats did a good job in conditions that weren't as good as they were yesterday," Davis said. "There was a pretty strong head wind, but our ladies handled it well and powered through with a lot of determination and fight."
Over the two days at the Head of the Hooch, Alabama posted nine top-20 finishes, including three in the top 10. With its fall season over, the Tide will return to competition in February.