Rowing: Set to Compete at Notre Dame Invitational


By Julie Brown for WVUsports.com
April 27, 2012 12:04 PM
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The West Virginia University rowing team will compete at the Notre Dame Invitational on Saturday, April 28, on the Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis, Ind. Racing will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The venue was the site of the 1994 World Rowing Championships, as well as the 2002 and 2003 NCAA Rowing Championships.

“This weekend provides a great opportunity for our team to gain a clearer picture of where we stand within the conference and to finalize our boat and team goals heading into the championship,” says coach Jimmy King.

In addition to the Irish, the Mountaineers also will see competition from Iowa along with BIG EAST foes Louisville, Rutgers and Syracuse.

Of the five other schools in attendance, West Virginia has only raced against Rutgers this season. The schools met at the Knecht Cup in the second varsity eight, second varsity four and novice four events.

“Although we came out ahead of Rutgers in the overall results at the Knecht Cup Regatta two weeks ago, the margins were small and we know they will look to turn the tables on us this weekend,” King says.

The varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four events have been seeded, with West Virginia receiving a No. 5 seed in each. All other events have been assigned lanes by draw.

The Mountaineers have four entries in Saturday’s race, with one boat set to compete in the varsity eight event, one boat in the second varsity eight event, one boat in the varsity four event and one boat in the second varsity four event.

“All of our crews have been making steady progress at their own rates through the season with each encountering a misstep or two along the way,” says King. “Now at the end of the regular season, we want to see all of our crews put forth solid racing efforts, physically and mentally, from start to finish.”



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