WVU Wraps Up Big 12 Duals

  • By Christopher Pharis
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  • April 08, 2017 06:49 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va  The West Virginia University rowing team continued the spring season by competing against Alabama and Tennessee in the first-ever Big 12 Double Duals on Melton Lake in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on Saturday. 
“Our primary goal was to put together more complete racing from start-to-finish,” coach Jimmy King said “Not only was our racing better, it was consistent from the morning session to the afternoon."
The third varsity eight boat opened the duals for West Virginia, but the Crimson Tide were able to take the contest with a time of 7:13.1. The Mountaineers finished the race in 7:50.0.
Alabama was then able to best Tennessee (7:58.8) and WVU (8:23.6), when the Crimson Tide finished with a time of 7:47.7 in the second varsity four race. Alabama would then go on to win the final three races to end the morning session.
After a two-hour break, WVU took on Tennessee in the afternoon session. Again, the third varsity eight boats kicked off the racing. UT crossed the line at (7:25.6), ahead of the Mountaineers (7:42.6).
The Crimson Tide (7:38.4) would then claim their second varsity four victory of the day, after defeating Tennessee (7:42.7) and West Virginia (8:10.1).
In the varsity four race, the Volunteers finished in 7:42.2, while WVU crossed the line in 8:11.3. The second varsity eight boat and the varsity eight boat each finished in 7:12.9 and 7:03.4, respectively, with Tennessee taking both races.   
"Our crews feel good about the quality of their racing today, but we all realize we need to find more speed,” King continued “Just as we've made good improvements since we were last in Oak Ridge, we'll make more improvements by the time we return for the Big 12 Championship."
West Virginia will return to the water in two weeks for a pair of races on Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23. WVU will take on Duquesne and Dayton on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh on April 22. The following day, the Mountaineers with travel to Fairfax Station, Virginia, to compete in the George Mason Invitational. Nine teams will compete in the event, including Big 12 foes Kansas and Old Dominion. 
Race Results
Morning Session
  1. Alabama (7:13.1)
  2. West Virginia (7:50.0)
  1. Alabama (7:47.7)
  2. Tennessee (7:58.8)
  3. West Virginia (8:23.6)
  1. Alabama (7:57.5)
  2. West Virginia (8:32.4)
  1. Alabama (7:06.9)
  2. West Virginia (7:17.6)
  1. Alabama (6:54.9)
  2. West Virginia (7:00.9)
Afternoon Session
  1. Tennessee (7:25.6)
  2. West Virginia (7:42.5)
  1. Alabama (7:38.4)
  2. Tennessee (7:42.7)
  3. West Virginia (8:10.1)
  1. Tennessee (7:42.2)
  2. West Virginia (8:11.3)
  1. Tennessee (6:50.0)
  2. West Virginia (7:12.9)
  1. Tennessee (6:39.2)
  2. West Virginia (7:03.4)
*All lineups are listed from bow to stern.
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