Oct. 12, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The University of Alabama Rowing team gets its fall season underway this Saturday at the 20th Chattanooga Head Race in Chattanooga, Tenn.
"What I want to see is for us to go out and do the kind of things we have been doing in practice," UA head coach Larry Davis said. "We are actually showing a little better speed right now than we showed at this time a year ago."
Alabama starts things off at 9 a.m. ET with three boats in the College 8+ race. The Tide will also compete in the Novice Collegiate 8+, College 4+, Championship Open 2X and Collegiate 2- races throughout the day. The Crimson Tide also opened last season at the Chattanooga Head Race, earning seven top ten finishes, including a gold and silver medal.
Alabama sports a young team this season, with nearly 70 percent of the roster residing in the freshman and sophomore classes. The rookies on this year's squad are looking to replace last year's large and experienced senior class, which included All-Conference USA honoree Leigh Ann Terch, who is a graduate assistant coach for the Tide this season.
This year's squad has only 12 upperclassmen, with 24 student-athletes coming from the freshman and sophomore classes. Davis said that the Tide's youth is not necessarily a bad thing.
"The consistency has been real good and that's somewhat refreshing when you look at the number of freshman we have on the team," Davis said. "They jumped right in and seemed to have taken up the torch. Our freshmen are excited to be here and doing what they are doing. That lends itself to really going out and accomplishing things even though we may not have some of the overall experience. That level of energy really helps us get things done."
In addition to this Saturday's outing, the Tide's fall season will also include appearances at the Head of the Charles in Cambridge, Mass., later this month, followed by a return visit to Chattanooga for the Head of the Hooch in November.