State of the Program: 2011-12
Nov. 14, 2011
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami rowing team has returned from the Head of the Hooch Regatta in Chattanooga, Tenn. and wraps up fall practices before getting ready for their new spring race schedule.
The Hurricanes will return to action in March with two scrimmages against Michigan and Connecticut in Tampa and Miami Beach, Fla., respectively.
Miami’s crew will participate in three regattas outside of the ACC Championships this season. They will travel to the San Diego Crew Classic, The Knecht Cup in Camden, N.J., and the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, Penn.
For dates and times of these events please visit the new 2011-12 Schedule page.
The Hurricanes welcomed a new freshman class of 29 student-athletes. These girls have been recruited from all over the country from right here in the state of Florida all the way out west to Hawaii.
Bios are now available and can be accessed from the new 2011-12 Roster page.
The University of Miami also welcomes two new assistant coaches in Ashleigh Genevich and Meredith Razzolini. Ashleigh joins the staff with a coaching experience from Washington College and Meredith via Clemson University where she coxed the Varsity 4+ under current Miami Head Coach Andrew Carter.
THE FALL SEASON
Miami vs. Nova Southeastern & Barry (10/29/11)
It was a good day of racing and a great way to tune up for the Head of the Hooch Regatta in Chattanooga, Tenn. The Varsity 8+ performed very well and were pleased with how they rowed.
The Varsity 4+ had a solid piece and was testing yet another lineup as they refined the crew for the Hooch. They’re sure there is more as they move into the next regatta.
The Novice crew, which raced among the varsities, encountered some serious problems when they hooked weeds on their fin and had to stop to correct things.
The Novice 8+ actually ran into similar problems as their 4+ counterparts and paid the price in their overall time. They’re looking forward to another opportunity next week in Chattanooga.
Complete results are posted on the Schedule/Results page.
Head of the Hooch Day 1 Results (11/05/11)
The Head of the Hooch Regatta is America’s largest fall rowing competition and Miami had five crews racing over four events on Day 1.
Medal finishes came from the top Freshman Women’s 8+ with a silver medal performance and the Championship 2x that finished in third position.
The freshmen followed up Miami’s gold medal showing from 2010 with a terrific row this afternoon. Many of these women are positioning themselves to be serious contributors to this team in the coming years.
They were joined in the event by our 2nd crew, which also had a good effort for their first collegiate rowing race – finished 20th overall and 5th among “B” entries in the event.
The 2x did a very nice job in their second outing of the day, finishing in bronze-medal position. Kata Horvath and Breanna Hayton were very composed at the end of the 20-km day as they crossed the line. It was a fine result for a combination that has had only a handful of opportunities to row the boat.
The Championship 8+ had a solid race but they have more speed to show in their racing. “They’ve displayed good boat speed in training and scrimmages, including last week vs. Nova Southeastern but today wasn’t their best day. There were plenty of good aspects to their race but also areas they can improve. As with a good portion of our roster, these women will have another crack at the course as the Canes boat two crews in the Open 8+ event tomorrow.” says Head Coach Andrew Carter.
The Championship 4+ entry had quite a good race and came off the water with great feedback on their performance. Coach Carter added, “Like the 8+, I think they’re just coming into themselves and have made up significant time in the past week alone.” They’ll be on the water in an 8+ lineup tomorrow as well.
Complete race results can be found on the race schedule here.
Head of the Hooch Day 2 Results (11/06/11)
Miami had two crews entered in this event with good results. The “A” crew finished in a solid 5th position while the “B” crew finished with the 9th fastest time.
“I think the top crew made some adjustments and found a little more speed from Saturday, which I was really proud of. I don’t think they completely hit their stride, which really bodes well for the spring as we continue to prepare and refine their racing. This group has a great deal more in store and I’m looking forward to seeing it come out. They’re terrific to coach and their approach will absolutely continue to improve their speed.” commented Coach Carter.
The second crew also had a really good race. “The margin vs. our top crew was as good as we’ve seen in training and when they came in view of the finish, it was very clear that they were asserting themselves. This crew should be very proud of how they raced.” added the head coach.
In all, this young squad had a solid weekend against some very respected competition to close out the fall racing calendar. They’ve laid a very good foundation so far this year and they’re all excited to build on that as they look to the spring.
Find the complete final race results on the Schedule/Results page.
THE FALL IN PHOTOS
New photos documenting the University of Miami rowing team’s fall practice are now available in the of the rowing section of hurricanesports.com. Check out the scenery as the Canes refine their skills on the Intracoastal Waterway in Miami Beach.
GET TO KNOW THE CREW
A new feature story series Inside the Shell will be highlighting each of the members of the team throughout this season. The first feature on Kata Horvath is available now. Be sure to check back frequently to find out what your favorite rowers like to do inside and outside of the realm of competitive rowing.
CANES ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Stay up-to-date with the Hurricanes on your favorite social media sites like Facebook at Facebook.com/MiamiHurricanes and Twitter @HurricaneSports. Be sure to check the rowing page at HurricaneSports.com as updated content will be frequently added as the season gets underway this Spring.