Rowing: WVU Set for BIG EAST Championship

  • By Tiffany Doolittle
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  • April 30, 2011 12:10 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University rowing team will travel to West Windsor, N.J., on Sunday, May 1, to compete at the 2011 BIG EAST Championship Regatta.

“The crews have improved, despite the spotty time that we’ve had on the water this year,” says coach Jimmy King. “The confidence and expectations of all of our crews are in an upswing going into this weekend.”

WVU will be one of eight BIG EAST schools to compete, along with Rutgers, Notre Dame, Georgetown, Connecticut, Louisville, Syracuse and Villanova.

“We’re expecting that each crew is going to strive to place higher than its seat in the regatta,” adds King. “If we have a number of our crews step up, then we can possibly finish higher in team standings this year.”

The preliminary races are set to begin at 8 a.m., with the Varsity 8+ event, and will conclude with the finals at 10:50 a.m.

The Mountaineers will enter five out of six events this year, including the Varsity 8+, Second Varsity 8+, Third Varsity 8+, Varsity 4+ and Second Varsity 4+ competitions.

In last year’s regatta, WVU had four entries and finished in sixth place with 63 points, almost doubling its points from the previous year.

“We’re getting close to filling the full slate of events,” King concludes. “That’s something that we hope will help us improve our standing even more, in terms of team points. It’s not good enough just to enter the events, but we have to go in and be competitive in each of the events.”