Rowing: WVU Struggles in First Race
- By Tiffany Doolittle
- March 19, 2011 02:41 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University rowing team concluded racing against UNC and George Mason, today, in Raleigh, N.C., with a second-place finish by the Varsity eight boat.
“Despite the lack of water time, all of our crews should have raced better,” says coach Jimmy King. “Today’s race gives us a baseline for the start of the season and a guide for where to focus our efforts during training camp.
“We look forward to racing UNC and George Mason again later in the season.”
WVU’s Varsity eight boat led the Mountaineers with a second-place finish (7:13.00), behind UNC (7:12.60) and ahead of George Mason (7:31.30).
The Mountaineers trailed behind the Tarheels and the Patriots in the remaining races, including the Second Varsity eights, the Novice fours and the Novice eights.
UNC took the top three finishes in the Novice four race, while George Mason and WVU followed shortly behind in 8:52.41 and 9:28.15.
The Tarheels continued the lead in the Novice eight and Second Varsity eight events, as the Patriots finished second and the Mountaineers finished third in both races.
The Mountaineers will continue action on Sunday, April 3, as they travel to Fairfax Station, Va., to compete at the Occoquan Sprints.