Hurricanes Perform Well at the Hurricane Invitational
March 12, 2005
CORAL GABLES, <?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Fla. – The University of Miami rowing squad performed well at the second annual Hurricane Invitational held on Indian Creek in Miami Beach on a breezy and cool Saturday morning.
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The regatta featured teams from Miami, UCF, Barry, Nova-Southeastern and Rochester in a series of 2,000 meter dual races with each team competing in two races in the varsity eight, the second varsity eight and the varsity four.
“You never quite know what’s going to happen on the first day of racing, “said head coach Debra Morgan. “We saw a little bit of everything from all the crews this morning. They finished largely better than where they started today. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season.”
The Hurricanes opened up with a strong technical effort in the junior varsity eight finishing with a time of 7:20. 01, a little over four seconds behind UCF’s JV eight.
“We rowed technically well but were not aggressive. They aired on the side of being too conservative. It was a solid race, with a great foundation to build on.”
The early morning breezy conditions did not help Miami’s varsity eight, who was hampered by a bad start and debris on the race course. The Hurricanes crossed the finish with a time of 7:24.89 behind UCF’s varsity eight.
“Things didn’t go our way in the varsity eight,” noted Morgan. “But I’m really excited about this crew.”
The Hurricanes picked up their first win of the morning in the varsity four in what proved to be one of the few close races of the day. UM pulled ahead to finish with a time of 8:39.73 ahead of UCF’s varsity four, which clocked in a time of 8:44.51.
“Our varsity four was the last to come together in practices. It was really great to see their performance on the course.”
In the novice varsity eight the Hurricanes, who started strong in the first 1,000 meters of the course, finished with a time of 8:20.70 behind UCF’s novice boat.
“The novices got their feet wet today,” added Morgan. “They got to see what racing is all about. They had a very solid first 1,000 meters, they just need to extend that to full 2,000 meter performance.”
Both of Miami’s varsity eight and junior varsity eight boats rebounded from their earlier performances with commanding wins against Rochester. UM’s varsity eight crossed the line ahead of Rochester with a time of 7:21.96 before Miami’s junior varsity eight finished with a time of 7:36.53 ahead of Rochester, who clocked a time of 9:32.03.
“The junior varsity eight came out and combined solid technique with more power to build on their early performance. They showed more desire in the second race.”
The Hurricanes return to action Sunday morning in Sarasota, Fla. for a scrimmage with Yale. Stay tuned to hurricanesports.com for the latest Miami rowing news and results.
Hurricane Invitational/Yale Scrimmage Varsity Lineups
Cox- Laura Comeau
Second Varsity 8+
Hurricane Invitational/Yale Scrimmage Novice Lineups
Novice Eight (UCF/Yale)
Novice Eight (Rochester)