In less than ideal weather in Kansas City, Kansas last weekend, the Alabama rowing team posted a strong performance, winning 9 of its 10 races. One boat in particular, the Second Varsity 4+ boat, posted the fastest overall time in each of its two Double Dual. In the first race, the crew made up of freshman coxswain Izzie Gonzales, sophomore Kylie Diffley, junior Cheyenne Adams, sophomore Keilani Hamann and junior Lauren Fehr posted a 7:42.319, besting Kansas by seven seconds. In the second race, it posted a 7:32.696 time, beating Kansas State by over 15 seconds.
Alabama's rowing team is coming off a strong fall season. It won medals in multiple events including the Head of the Hooch and the Head of the Charles. Back in October, the team’s Club 4+ boat, led by five seniors, set the course record and won gold at the Head of the Charles with a time of 18:02.402, which was 20 seconds faster than the second-place finisher Penn.
The Alabama 4+ crew earned a gold medal at the Head of the Charles Regatta, while the 8+ crew placed in the top 10, just seconds away from finishing with a medal as well.
Not only did the Alabama women’s rowing team enjoy it’s most successful season on the water during the 2017 spring season, but it also enjoyed just as much success off the water. The Crimson Tide finished in fourth place in the Big 12 Championships, winning three medals at the event.
Despite not being able to practice all week on the Warrior River due to weather, Alabama’s women’s rowing team swept all 10 of its races Saturday at the Big 12 Double Dual at Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The sweep comes a week after Alabama collected three gold medals and a bronze medal in five competitions last weekend in the Sarasota Invitational. Head coach Larry Davis was thrilled with his team’s performance, though he can stills see some room for improvement. "Overall it was a good solid team performance with the potential for even more speed improvement," Davis said.