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Miami Rowers Travel for Scrimmage against Michigan

March 5, 2010

Coral Gables, Fla. – The University of Miami rowing team will begin its 2010 spring schedule with a scrimmage against the University of Michigan on the Hillsborough River Sat., Mar. 6, in Tampa, Fla.

Under the direction of first-year head coach Andrew Carter, the Hurricanes will participate in an open scrimmage against the Wolverines, who are in Florida on their annual spring training trip. The event is also the first for assistant Miami rowing coach Marc DeRose, assistant coach Mary Quinn, in addition to boatman/rigger Michael Della Pia.

“Training has been going quite well, and we look forward to our first opportunity to row with another team,” said UM head coach Andrew Carter. “You can see the excitement among the women.”

The races will be a controlled stroke rate scrimmage against the Wolverines. The competition will consist of four pieces each lasting four minutes in length. The stroke rates for the pieces will be 24, 26, 30 and back down to 24 for the fourth piece.

However, this schedule is subject to change since the races will not be timed professionally for scoring or seasonal averages.

Miami will use several combinations in various boats on Saturday, switching lineups from what was used in the fall season. The addition of several new rowers adds to the excitement of the scrimmage as it will be the first live action for more than 10 Hurricanes newcomers since the end of the fall campaign at the Rivanna Romp in Charlottesville, Va.

“The team has all been putting in a great deal of energy into their rowing, and there is no doubt they’re looking forward to the opportunity to scrimmage with Michigan,” said Carter.

The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

For more information on the University of Miami rowing team, please log on to www.hurricanesports.com. Once there, you will find up-to-date news, results and information regarding the Hurricanes rowing program.