April 18, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Another strong test is on the schedule for the Louisville rowing team as they travel to the Palmetto State for the Clemson Invite on Saturday and Sunday in Clemson, S.C.
The Cardinals will be joined by 20 other teams in the event contested on Lake Hartwell. Though Louisville is outside the USRowing/CRCA Top 20 coaches poll, they are among the first teams receiving votes this week and will have numerous chances to make waves nationally with eight ranked teams and six others receiving votes in this week's poll at the event.
"It should give a good indication on how some of the teams from No. 12 to No. 30 stack up," said Louisville head coach Derek Copeland. "This is our only really big regatta with this many teams and it's a different format than a lot of others but we really enjoy it. Clemson does a very good job of hosting this event and it's one of the best places to compete."
Louisville will have its varsity eight, second varsity eight, third varsity eight, varsity four, second varsity four and third varsity four crews competing at the event. The racing schedule will include morning and afternoon sessions on Saturday and a morning session on Sunday.
The Cardinals enter this week's event following a disappointing showing last weekend in Iowa. Louisville's training schedule has been hampered by challenging weather and water conditions this spring, which has led to less time on the water and more time in the erg room at the G. Garvin Brown III Rowing Center. Despite that, Copeland is optimistic the Cardinals are turning the corner with their progress.
"In the end, the training on the erg does pay but you need water time to make it pay off," explained Copeland. "It takes anywhere from 10 to 15 days on the water to develop the speed you've gained. It can pay big dividends in May and I think that'll be the case for us this year. The good news is we've had some very productive days this week."
Following this week's event at Clemson, the Cardinals will have a week away from competition to prepare for a series of races in Ann Arbor, Mich., on May 3.