MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University rowing team opened its spring season at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn, with 18 races.
"Not at all the weekend we envisioned, and obviously we have our work cut out for us in the weeks ahead,” says coach Jimmy King. “We gained some valuable information about our crews through the three rounds of racing that will aid us in determining how we proceed from here.
"Our team's effort was consistent, as it should be, throughout the weekend, however, much of that effort was misplaced. We'll work to direct those efforts into effectively moving our boats over the next two weeks then reassess at our next competition."
The Mountaineers opened the regatta on Saturday, March 15, in the varsity 8 against Notre Dame and Louisville. WVU's varsity boat crossed in 7:03.14, while the Fighting Irish took first with a 6:31.7. The Mountaineers 2nd varsity boat finished in 7:15.99.
In the varsity 4's, WVU's boat crossed the line in 8:00.48. The 2nd varsity boat followed in 8:06.23 and the 3rd varsity crew turned in an 8:15.33. Notre Dame won the event in a time of 6:37.7.
In the novice 8's, the Mountaineers took fourth with a 7:30.84. Virginia's crew took first in the heat with a 6:48, followed by Louisville and Notre Dame.
WVU competed against Minnesota and Dayton in Saturday's afternoon session. In the varsity 8, the top-boat for the Mountaineers finished in 7:19.09, behind the Golden Gophers and Flyers. Minnesota won the heat with a 6:54.1. The 2nd varsity crew for WVU took second with a 7:25.54, beating out Dayton's time of 8:06.86. The Golden Gophers 2nd varsity boat recorded a 7:02:5.
The Mountaineers finished in second in the varsity 4's, completing the 2000-meter course in 8:46.45. The 2nd varsity crew turned in WVU's top-time of the session with an 8:31.79, while the 3rd varsity crew turned in an 8:46.21. Minnesota took first in the 1st and 2nd varsity heats, while Alabama took the 3rd varsity race.
In Saturday's night edition, the novice 8 boat for the Mountaineers took third, recording a 7:39.62. The Rolling Tide claimed second with a 7:33.96, while Kansas took first with a 7:19.6.
WVU opened Sunday morning against Wisconsin, Tennessee and Kansas. In the varsity 8 heat, the Mountaineers crossed in 7:14.17. The Badgers took first with a time of 6:50.2. WVU's 2nd varsity boat crossed closely followed the Mountaineers' top-boat, finishing in 7:17.65. Wisconsin’s 2nd varsity crew turned in the fastest time of the session, recording a 6:47.7.
In the novice 8 heat, WVU tallied a 7:48.16, finishing behind Kansas and Tennessee.
The Mountaineers' varsity 4 boat turned in a 7:57.79, while the Badgers took the heat in 7:25.7. WVU's 2nd varsity boat took third, beating out Tennessee with an 8:19.83. The 3rd varsity boat came in at 8:28.56.
All results can be found on row2k.com.
WVU will host a scrimmage against George Mason on March 29 in Morgantown on the Monongahela River.