April 12, 2013
Knecht Cup Central
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.- The Alabama rowing team will compete in the Knecht Cup Regatta on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14, on Cooper River in Cherry Hill, N.J. Competition is set to begin at 7 a.m. ET., with the Crimson Tide slated to hit the water at 8:10 a.m. ET.
"It will be a totally new experience," Alabama head coach Larry Davissaid. "The course itself is a really great course but due to where it is set up, it is only about twenty five hundred meters long. There is not a lot of room like we have here for warming up and getting yourself prepared to race, so there will be a little bit of adaptation that we are going to have to do when we get up there."
This will be the first time the Tide has competed in the Knecht Cup. The competition on Cooper River will be stiff with approximately seventy schools competing and thirty-four events spanning the likes of Saturday and Sunday.
"They have held the NCAA championships there," Davis said. "They've had a lot of big regattas both national and international there. So in that respect, it is one of the better courses in the United States."
The Crimson Tide is coming off of a successful Power of Pink and Senior Day last Saturday, where they brought in two wins in the First and Second Varsity 4+. The Second Varsity 4+ finished with an impressive time of 9:02.5 over both Central Florida and West Virginia.
"The seniors play a big role with leadership and I think that is why the energy has been so good this year," Davis added. "The seniors that we do have, have stepped up what they are doing in the way of just leading by example. "
Alabama will return to the water on April 26th when the Tide will compete against Indiana, Notre Dame and Iowa in Bloomington, Ind.