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Blue Squad Downs Gold Team in Rowing’s Gold-Blue Regatta

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 3, 2021) – In today’s annual Gold-Blue Regatta, the Blue Squad won four of the six events, plus the non-scoring Coxswains Four event, to defeat the Gold Team on Saturday morning, on the Monongahela River.

“In addition to the intrasquad competition enjoyed on this day, an added benefit is the behind the scenes glimpse that the Gold & Blue squad leaders get,” WVU coach Jimmy King said. “They are responsible for selecting lineups, establishing report times, launch times, and other race day responsibilities that they normally don’t have to consider. Apart from a few warnings issued at the start line, the regatta ran rather smoothly.”

The Gold squad’s cumulative time over six events was 33:34.54 to Blue’s 34:22.46. 

The Gold squad began the day with a win in the first Fours event of the program before the Blue squad reeled off victories in the next three events, holding a 3-1 advantage. The Gold then won the fifth event of the morning that ended up being the most tightly contested of the day. In a come-from-behind victory, Gold moved ahead of Blue in the last strokes of the Pairs race to win by :00.73 seconds.

With the overall winner still in question going into the final event, Blue then won again to sweep the two Eights events of the program and secure the overall victory. 

“It was great for our team members to compete in front of our families and friends today,” King added. “Those opportunities are very few this year, and we truly appreciate their support.”

The WVU Rowing team travels for its next scored event on Saturday, April 17, against Duquesne on the Allegheny River in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

2021 Schedule

April 3 (Sat.) – Gold and Blue Intrasquad Regatta; Morgantown, W.Va. (Monongahela River)

April 17 (Sat.) – at Duquesne; Pittsburgh, Pa. (Allegheny River)

April 25 (Sun.) – at George Mason Invite; Fairfax Station, Va. (Occoquan Reservoir)

May 1 (Sat.) – Scrimmage vs Robert Morris; Morgantown, W.Va. (Monongahela River)

May 16 (Sun.) – at Big 12 Championship; Austin, Texas (Lake Walter E Long)

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