Oct. 15, 2012
ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Louisville women's rowing team officially opened the fall season on Sunday earning a pair of top five finishes at the Head of the Rock regatta before inclement weather forced the event to be halted prior to its completion.
The Cardinals earned a runner-up finish in the women's collegiate 2- event, while also finishing fourth- and fifth-place finishes in the women's collegiate 4+ event. Louisville also had crews entered in the women's collegiate 8+ race which was cancelled, along with 25 other races scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
"The boats that we raced did very well. It is the first time we have been to this race and the results show that we fit in nicely with the teams that raced there," said Louisville head coach Derek Copeland. "We had planned to race three eights as well and we've been training in the eights throughout the fall, so we were really looking forward to checking our speed against that competition. However, it's fall racing and we will just have to wait a bit longer to see how we stack up. Ultimately, we cannot control what the other teams are doing anyway. All we can be concerned with right now is how we are attacking every opportunity that we are together. I can proudly say that we are doing a great job in that area."
In the collegiate 2- event, the Louisville crew finished with a time of 21:24.782 to trail only Minnesota (21:17.047) in the field of 12 entries. In the collegiate 4+ race, the Cardinals had five crews entered in the field of 25 with the highest finishing boat earning a fourth-place time of 18:51.281. The fifth-place Louisville crew had a time of 18:53.500, while Wisconsin earned the win with a time of 18:26.781. Other entries in the event for the Cards finished 15th (19:52.301), 20th (20:32.790) and 23rd (21:08.063).
Up next, Louisville is tentatively scheduled to close the fall at the Head of the Hooch regatta on Nov. 3-4 in Chattanooga, Tenn.