Hurricanes Announce 2004-05 Rowing Schedule
Aug. 5, 2004
Coral Gables, Fal. –
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In their inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Hurricanes’ 2004-05 slate features four home events to be held at Indian Creek in Miami Beach, including the 12th-Annual Head of the Creek and the Second-Annual Hurricane Invitational.
During the 12-event schedule, Miami will compete in six different states with trips to Georgia, Virginia, California, South Carolina and Tennessee in addition to seven races or regattas held within the state of Florida.
“We have an excellent race schedule this year highlighted by the addition of the Rivanna Romp – a three-mile head race hosted by the University of Virginia – a race with Duke University here in Miami Beach and the ACC Championships in Clemson, S.C.,” Morgan said.
“We are also looking forward to building on our results from past years at regattas such as the Head of the Chattahoochee where we won the team point trophy in 2003 and the San Diego Crew Classic where we placed second last year in the California Cup,” Morgan added.
Miami opens the 2004 fall season October 17 as the host of the 12th-Annual Head of the Creek before the UM varsity crew heads to Gainesville, Fla. for the Head of Chattahoochee, November 6-7.
The 2004 fall schedule concludes with the Hurricanes’ novice squad taking part in the Fall Florida Regatta, November 13 in Melbourne, Fla. while the varsity crew competes at the Rivanna Romp November 14 in Charlottesville, Va. hosted by defending ACC Champions, Virginia, who concluded the 2003-04 season ranked fifth in the final CRCA/US Rowing polls.
The Hurricanes return in the spring, hosting the Second-Annual Hurricane Invitational, March 12-13 in Miami Beach.
Miami will also take part in a pair of dual scrimmages in the month of March, taking on national powerhouses Yale and Syracuse.
“Our March scrimmages with Yale and Syracuse will serve as an excellent early season test in the spring. Going up against the two national powers in an informal scrimmage setting will really allow us to take some chances and see what we can come up with,” Morgan said.
UM makes a return trip to the San Diego Crew Classic, April 2-3 in San Diego, Calif. and will look to improve on last year’s impressive second-place finish by the varsity eight.
The Hurricanes will defend their state title at the 2005 Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association (FIRA) Championships, April 10 in Miami, one year after sweeping the field to take first place in eight events at the 2004 championships.
“Since we won every event we entered at the 2004 Florida State Championships, it isn’t possible to better that result,” Morgan stated, “but we will definitely be trying to match it.”
Miami heads to Clemson, S.C. for the ACC Championships, April 17 and will try to unseat five-time ACC Champions, Virginia, who has won 19 out of 20 races since in the five years of the ACC Championships.
The Hurricanes will use what should be a very difficult dual race with Duke, April 29 in Miami Beach as a tune-up as the 2004-05 season culminates with the 2005 Central/Southern Sprints, May 14-15 in Oak Ridge, Tenn.