Tide Rowing Hosts Saturday Event
"We had a great showing in San Diego," Alabama Coach Larry Davis said. "The ladies have really done a nice job to this point in the season and I look for that to continue this weekend against a tough team in Central Florida."
The Crimson Tide faces off against Conference USA rival Central Florida with first race getting underway at 11:30 a.m. The meet is the rowing team's "Power of Pink" event, Alabama's department-wide effort to help raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer.
In conjunction with Tuscaloosa Toyota, the Tide's Power of Pink sponsor, Alabama will be giving away t-shirts, iPods, an iPad, tumblers, hats, umbrellas and headbands during the event. In addition, Whiskey River Band will be performing throughout the race schedule.
Saturday is also Senior Day for the Tide, which is in its fifth year as an NCAA Division I program, and as such UA is honoring Jessica Allaway, Daniella Barone, Amelia Houghton, Alissa Kranz, Lauren Miller, Laura Skaggs and Leigh Erin Waddell in their last home race for all they've helped Alabama accomplish.
"This senior class has really stepped up, both in terms of helping their boats go and in terms of helping lead this team," Davis said. "The development of their attitude this year, in terms of being willing to push themselves harder than ever before has made a difference for this team."
Fans will be able to watch the races from The Park at Manderson Landing. Due to Saturday's triathlon, access to The Park is limited to the McCorvey Drive entrance, which goes through the University of Alabama campus. Fans are encouraged to park on campus and then cross into The Park where McCorvey Drive intersects Jack Warner Parkway.
At last weekend's San Diego Crew Classic, the Tide's First Varsity 8+ won the Cal Cup and UA's other three boats all posted top-10 finishes. For its success on the West Coast, the First Varsity 8+ was named the C-USA "Boat of the Week" and Row2K.com's "Crew of the Week."
Last season, Alabama won two of five races against the Golden Knights and is looking for a better result this season.
"We're looking to go 5-for-5 this year," Davis said. "It's not going to be easy by any stretch, but that's what we're shooting for."
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