MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (March 13, 2021) – The West Virginia University rowing team competed in its first competition of the 2021 season on Saturday, playing host to Duquesne in a non-scored scrimmage on the Monongahela River in Morgantown.
“We appreciate the Dukes traveling to Morgantown for today’s scrimmage, especially considering that this is their first week on the water,” Mountaineer rowing coach Jimmy King said. “Today’s work at lower stroke rates reflects where both of our programs are in our on-water progression. We look forward to traveling to Pittsburgh next month to compete against Duquesne in the usual 2000-meter format.”
• 8+s: The 8+s squared off over six timed races ranging from 8’ to 2’ spanning stroke rates from 16-28. One boat competed for each school.
• 4+s: The 4+s squared off over nine timed pieces ranging from 6’ to 1’ spanning stroke rates from 18-26. One Duquesne boat, two WVU boats.
It was a beautiful day for today’s scrimmage, with sunny skies, great conditions and flat water. A year makes a huge difference for the squad, following the cancellations that ended WVU’s 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year on this date, the Mountaineers unloaded their trailer the day they were supposed to depart for their spring break training camp.
“We’re very thankful and feel quite fortunate to be where we are today,” King said.
Information for each scheduled event will be released during the week.
March 13 (Sat.) – Scrimmage vs Duquesne; Morgantown, W.Va. (Monongahela River)
March 27 (Sat.) – at Bucknell; Lewisburg, Pa. (Susquehanna River)
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)
Press Release Courtesy of West Virginia University Athletics Communications