Rowing Releases Fall Slate
- By Micah Truex
- September 25, 2012 05:00 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The West Virginia University rowing team will compete in four regattas during the 2012 fall season announced head coach Jimmy King.
“The fall races provide that competitive environment for our program that cannot be duplicated in training,” said King. “Although the specifics of the racing are markedly different than in the spring, the nature of competition remains the same and having regular, outside competition is an integral part of the process.”
WVU’s varsity crew will travel to Pittsburgh, Pa., for the Head of the Ohio Regatta on Oct. 6, Philadelphia, Pa., for the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta on Oct. 27 and the Philadelphia Frostbite in Cherry Hill, N.J., on Nov. 10.
“For the varsity squad, our fall schedule provides a good mix of racing without being intrusive to our fall training,” King said. “We try to compete at regattas where the student-athletes can race twice in order to gain maximum benefit on the day.”
The novice crew will travel to Fairfax Station, Va., on Nov. 3 to compete at the Head of the Occoquan and will also compete in the Philadelphia Frostbite to conclude its fall season.
“The last two regattas of the fall schedule set-up nicely for our frosh/novice squad, where they will get to race in a traditional fall ‘head race’ at the Head of the Occoquan and then a ‘sprint race’ at the Philadelphia Frostbite,” King said. “The Frostbite not only serves to expose the novices to the type of racing we do in our championship season, but it’s the only fall event where our varsity and frosh/novice squads travel together, allowing the two squads to begin meshing together into one team.”
Despite losing 10 seniors from last year’s varsity crew, King expects his team to adapt to its environment and use the fall season as a building block for the spring.
“Almost half of the varsity squad is comprised of first and second-year students, but the team dynamic is quite good - that is just as important as experience, if not more,” King said. “The degree of experience or inexperience factors a bit less in our sport compared to many others. What matters is what we’re doing day-to-day in training so that we’re prepared to compete when the opportunity is present.”
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