MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University rowing team concludes its fall schedule at the Rivanna Romp in Earlysville, Va., on Sunday, Nov. 17.
“Racing at the Romp should provide a good assessment of our progress to date,” says coach Jimmy King. “Racing conditions should be benign and the rowers will have their legs under them a bit more going into this weekend's racing.”
The Mountaineers will enter two varsity eight boats and four boats in the varsity fours race. The varsity eights begin at 9 a.m., and the varsity fours at 10:30 a.m.
“Although the number of competitors is much smaller compared to our earlier regattas, the overall level of competition is much greater,” King says.
WVU is joined in the regatta by the host school, Virginia, along with Oklahoma, Louisville, Old Dominion and Penn. The Cavaliers, Sooners and Cardinals all finished last season in the top 20 of the U.S. Rowing Coaches Poll; UVA claimed the fifth spot.
This weekend features two conference foes for the Mountaineers in Oklahoma and ODU. For NCAA selection purposes, the Big 12 is affiliated with Conference USA. The Sooners are the lone Big 12 opponent WVU competes against this fall.
The Monarchs are the only squad that the Mountaineers have already met this season, as they competed against each other at the Head of the Schuylkill in October.