MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University rowing team opens its 2014 spring slate at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational in Oak Ridge, Tenn., tomorrow, March 15.
“We have been on the water for only one week, which certainly poses obvious challenges, but that's also the case for a few of the other programs competing at this year's Cardinal Invitational,” says coach Jimmy King. “Regardless of the situation, as always, we'll try to focus on the things we can affect to find out where we're starting the 2014 season in relation to some of our primary competitors. We look forward to the fantastic racing opportunities we'll have this weekend, and welcome every challenge presented to us."
The season-opening Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational is set for Saturday and Sunday at the Oak Ridge Rowing Course, and will feature crews from Virginia, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Minnesota, Tennessee, Duke, Alabama, Dayton, Kansas and Louisville.
During the fall season, the Mountaineers competed at four regattas, including the Head of the Ohio in Pittsburgh, Pa., where WVU’s open 8+ boat of junior Elizabeth Duarte
, junior Kelly Kramer
, senior Mollie Rosen
, senior Jessica Hurlbert
, senior Rachel Cokeley
, sophomore Liz Kantak, senior Karen Verwey
, senior Courtney Schrand
and coxswain senior Mallory Fisher
beat out Duquesne’s top boat for first place with a time of 15:34.66, and the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, Pa., where WVU’s open four+ “A” boat of Duarte, Kantak, Verwey, Schrand and coxswain freshman Emily Deming
took a third-place finish with a time of 16:55.31.
The event will feature three sessions of racing Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning and all results will be published at row2k.com.