|The Mountaineers competed in three flights of races on the Monongahela River against George Mason on March 29.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (March 29, 2014) – The West Virginia rowing team hosted a varsity scrimmage against George Mason on the Monongahela River today.
"Our team appreciates George Mason making the trip to Morgantown for today's scrimmage, which all coaches agreed was very beneficial for all of our crews,” says coach Jimmy King. “As every coach knows, there's no substitute for competing against another team. We'll encounter George Mason later in the year for a true 2k race, and look forward to the rematch in true racing conditions."
The two squads competed in two flights of eights and one flight of fours. The Mountaineers raced an A and a B boat in each flight. The 4 x 1000-meter legs were capped at a stroke rate 28. Following the pieces, the crews did a 4 x 1 minute stretch without rate restriction on the return to the boathouse.
"We are particularly grateful to the families and friends that were in attendance to cheer us on today,” King says. “Hearing "Let's Go Mountaineers" chanted across the river was fantastic!"
Several fans came out to enjoy today's event from Edith Barill Park in Star City.
West Virginia returns to the water on April 5 to take on Indiana in Bloomington, Ind.