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.
All seven boats that participated in the Knecht Cup for Alabama reached the finals of their races. The Crimson Tide improved on its performance from last year, when the team had six boats go to the finals, and three competed in the Grand Finals.
The University of Alabama rowing team opened the 2016 spring season with a sweep against Eastern Michigan on Saturday morning on the Black Warrior River where the Crimson Tide came in first in each event.
There is nothing more important in rowing than team chemistry, and no one knows this better than University of Alabama head coach Larry Davis. “In the last three or four years we have gotten a better understanding of what it takes to be a high level division-one team,” Davis said.