April 20, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama rowing team hosts Iowa in its only home meet of the season on Saturday, April 21 starting at 12 p.m. CDT on the Black Warrior River. The meet is sponsored by Alabama Outdoors.
"We have, for the first time ever, a Big Ten team coming down, which is Iowa," UA head coach Larry Davis said. "It's something that we've wanted to do as we grow as a program, to get higher and higher levels of competition."
Saturday is also Senior Day for the Crimson Tide, which is in its sixth year as an NCAA Division I program. The Tide will honor Bianca Arrington, Erika Baranek, Kristen Iverson, Emily LeBeau, Paige Storey, Leigh Ann Terch, Stephanie Varner and Audrey White in the last home race of their careers.
Additionally, the home meet will serve as the Tide's Power of Pink meet, sponsored by Tuscaloosa Toyota. The Power of Pink initiative, started by UA gymnastics head coach Sarah Patterson, was created in an effort to help raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer.
"We're very happy to have Iowa come down and also see the Power of Pink and some of the things that the University does beyond athletics," Davis said. "I've seen a lot of regattas throughout the United States and I don't think there's any kind of dual race that will be anywhere comparable to what we do."
A boat dedication will also take place following the meet, honoring the late Dr. Jim Cashman for his support of rowing at the University of Alabama. The Whiskey River Band will be performing throughout the race schedule.
Last weekend, Alabama's Second Varsity 8+ took second place at the Rhode Island Quad Meet. Coach Davis said that their racing exemplified what the team as a whole has been striving for all season.
"It was very tenacious racing, good execution, a lot of heart and desire, not giving up and pushing through a number of crews to where we actually showed our best speed throughout the entire race. That's what we want from all of our crews."
In addition to having a band play during the event, Alabama Outdoors will have giveaways as will Tuscaloosa Toyota as part of the Power of Pink initiative.
The best site for viewing the Alabama-Iowa dual meet will be at Manderson Landing, which is located at the intersection of Jack Warner Parkway and McCorvey Drive. Directions to parking and other information is available on RollTide.com.