'Row Tide Row!' On Warrior River

The Alabama rowing team hosts Iowa at noon Saturday at the Crimson Tide rowing stadium -- the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa. This is the only home meet of the year for the Crimson Tide. The competition begins at noon CDT.



Although rowing is a relatively new sport at Alabama, the Crimson Tide has had great success under Coach Larry Davis. Moreover, Bama's home course -- the Warrior River -- is considered fast water because of the wind-protecting banks.

Alabama rowing fans can watch the races from several vantage points along the Black Warrior, but the best location is the Park at Manderson Landing, located at the intersection of Jack Warner Parkway and McCorvey Drive. The park sits near the finish line for Saturday's races and with its multi-tiered slope down to the edge of the river; the park is a natural `stadium' for the Crimson Tide. There will be music and giveaways at that location.

Alabama Outdoors will have supplies on hand for fans to make their own Power of Pink bracelets. A station will be set up to teach fans how to tie a pink paracord survival bracelet that they will be able to take home as a free souvenir. There will also be register-to-win promotion for free gear.

Due to the USA Triathlon's 2012 Collegiate National Championship, fans should park in the North Ferguson surface lot off of McCorvey Drive, which is a short walk down the hill to Manderson Landing. A police officer will assist spectators across Jack Warner Parkway during the triathlon event.

Saturday's meet is also part of the Alabama Athletics' Power of Pink initiative, sponsored by Tuscaloosa Toyota. The Tide's Power of Pink initiative, originally started in 2004 by Crimson Tide Gymnastics Coach Sarah Patterson to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer in the West Alabama community, grew to include all women's teams at The Capstone in the fall of 2009.

In this country alone, a woman will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes, and the odds of overcoming breast cancer are much higher if the disease is detected in the early stages, a fact that makes the Tide's efforts even more vital.

Rowing will wrap up the 2011-12 Power of Pink season, which featured nine women's athletics events, including volleyball, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, gymnastics, women's basketball, softball, women's tennis, and rowing. During Saturday's meet, Tuscaloosa Toyota will be giving away Power of Pink prizes include t-shirts, an iPad, iPods, hats, umbrellas and Tervis tumblers.

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