“This was the inaugural race with our new facilities and we’re really pleased with how things went,” said Alabama Coach Larry Davis. “We were pleased with how things ran logistically but also with how our team competed on the water. They performed at the level we expected and that’s always what you want them to do.”
Alabama defeated Drake by an average of 43.25 seconds in each race, with the largest margin of victory coming in the First Varsity 4 as the leading Tide boat crossed the line in 8:17.6 while Drake crossed in 9:58.2. A trio of other Tide boats also beat Drake’s 1V4, finishing in 8:21.4, 8:23.3 and 8:35.8, respectively.
Davis said, “One of the things that’s been really exciting this spring is our depth and how we’re benefitting from that. That has been a long-term goal for us for a while and it’s all starting to come together. It’s really exciting.”
Alabama started the day with a convincing win in the First Varsity 8, finishing in 7:21.4 which was the fasted time of the day for any boat. The Tide’s 2V8 boat defeated Drake by over 30 seconds, winning in 7:31.1, while the leading Novice 8 boat finished in 7:37.6.
Alabama will compete in its second straight home regatta next Saturday, hosting Jacksonville. Races will begin at 9 a.m. CDT.