Oct. 19, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -
The Alabama rowing team is in Cambridge, Mass., this weekend for the legendary Head of the Charles regatta, where the Crimson Tide will race in the Club 8+ race on Saturday.
With the size and prestige of the Head of the Charles, the noise and traffic on the river during the event makes things challenging, especially for a young crew that's not familiar with the twists and turns of the course.
"We're very fortunate we have a senior coxswain on that boat," UA head coach Larry Davis said. "She will be one of the keys to us doing well up there."
The regatta features crews from all around the world and draws more than 300,000 spectators per year. Last year the Tide placed fifth in the Club 8+ race with a time of 18:31.66.
Alabama is coming off a successful season opener at the Chattanooga Head Race, winning six medals overall, including three gold. The Tide's "A" Varsity 8+ boat beat Southeastern Conference rival Tennessee's top boat for the first time in program history. The Tide's Novice 8+ and Pairs race also won gold.
Davis is hopeful that the Tide's strong showing in Chattanooga will carry over.
"Given the speed I`ve seen to this point, if we go out and execute at the level we are right now, we could medal," Davis said. "We certainly have to go out there and do our job in all parts of the race, but I certainly think we are medal contenders".
Alabama is scheduled to get things started at 1:30 p.m. ET on the Charles.