UA rowing team heads to TN

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama rowing team closes out the fall portion of its season this Saturday at the Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, Tenn.
"We've had good performances here and there this fall, but as a team we've had mistakes here and there that have kept us from really putting it all together," UA head coach Larry Davis said. "What we're looking for this weekend is to really go out there and row like we're capable of as a team, every crew varsity and novices, everybody going out there and rowing our best. If we do that then we're going to show the speed we're capable of and that should produce a lot of top-10 performances."
The Tide was on the water in Chattanooga on Friday, putting in some practice time and Davis was pleased with what he saw.
"If we go out and row like we practiced, then it will be a good day for Alabama," Davis said. "The conditions are a little chillier and there's more wind than when we were up here earlier this fall, but the ladies handled it well during practice today and I think we'll be fine on Saturday."
The Crimson Tide is taking 12 boats to the regatta, including three varsity 8+ crews, two novice 8+ crews, three varsity 4+ and one novice 4+ crew and three doubles. The field is large, with 30 to 50 boats in each race and the competition will be stiff with some of the region's top teams in attendance.
The Tide last competed at the Head of the Hooch in the fall of 2008, coming away with three medals, including a gold in Novice 8+ races.

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletic Department