Oct. 11, 2013
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The University of Alabama Rowing team begins the 2013-14 season Saturday, Oct. 12, at the 21st Chattanooga Head Race in Chattanooga, Tenn.
"We would like to go faster than we did last year," UA head coach Larry Davis said. "By going faster, the expectation is that we are going to win some more races. For the first time in program history, we actually have four Varsity 8+ boats that are rowing in the fall. We have never had that many - that much depth. So, while we don't have a lot of seniors, there is still good depth. "
Alabama takes to the water at 9 a.m. ET on the Tennessee River with twelve boats racing throughout the day. The Tide will compete in the Collegiate 8+, Novice 8+, Collegiate 4+, and the Pairs races.
The Crimson Tide opened the 2012-13 season at the Chattanooga Head Race earning ten top ten finishes, including three gold, a silver and two bronze medals.
The Alabama rowing team remains a young team for the 2013-14 season, with only three seniors on the roster. However, Davis remains positive on the strength and power of this year's squad.
"We are still a little light on the seniors," Davis said. "The junior and sophomore classes especially seem to have stepped it up in a variety of ways, including leadership and fitness. Overall, we seem to have a pretty good cohesive group."
Logan O'Neil and Caroline Blackington, both juniors, will serve as the captains of this year's squad.
After Saturday's races, the Tide's fall season includes appearances at the Head of the Charles in Cambridge, Mass., at the end of October, followed by a return visit to Chattanooga for the Head of the Hooch in November.