MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck has announced the 2014 rowing schedule.
“Coach Jimmy King and his staff have compiled a schedule that will challenge his rowers, while allowing his team to compete against the nation’s top programs,” says Luck. “I look forward to watching our rowers excel throughout this season.”
The 2014 schedule features six regattas and a scrimmage in Morgantown on the Monongahela River. The Mountaineers will travel to Tennessee, Indiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Oklahoma.
"Like most of WVU's sports, we revamped our schedule last year as we moved into the Big 12 Conference, which resulted in only one hold over event from years past,” says King. “Now in year two, we have a degree of familiarity that will benefit us in travel, pre-race preparations and in knowing our competition."
West Virginia opens the year at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational from March 15-16, hosted by the University of Louisville. Eleven schools are slated to compete at the event, including Alabama, Dayton, Duke, Kansas, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin and the Cardinals.
New to the 2014 schedule is the scrimmage against George Mason on March 29 on the Monongahela and also a dual against Indiana in Bloomington on April 5.
"We're excited to host a home event this spring when George Mason makes the trip to Morgantown in late March. GMU coach (Ted) Nagorsen and I have decided to utilize a scrimmage format that will better serve our teams at that early point in the racing season. We look forward to making it a spectator-friendly event and will provide additional details in the week leading up to our competition," King says.
From April 12-13, the Mountaineers travel to Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey, for the Knecht Cup Regatta. The event is hosted by Villanova.
West Virginia returns to Pinchot Lake on April 19 for a double dual hosted by Bucknell University. Four schools will pair off to race two duals. Competing alongside the Mountaineers is Bucknell, George Mason and Temple. West Virginia will first race a dual against Bucknell, and following a short break, will then square off against George Mason.
The Big 12 Championships will be hosted on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City on May 3. All five of the Big 12 rowing programs also are affiliated with Conference USA for NCAA selection purposes. The Conference USA Championships are on May 17 on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.