Sunday, May 27, 2012

ACRA Final Results

This is the team that stayed in Murray for three weeks after the semester ended to represent Racer Rowing at the club national championships in Gainesville, GA this weekend.  Here's how we did:

  • The Women's Novice 8+ surprised the field by overcoming an 8th seed (out of 8 entries).  On Saturday, they earned a better lane assignment for the finals with the fifth best time.  For the finals the crew was just .4 seconds off of fifth and 2 seconds off of fourth for a sixth place finish.  I was lucky to hear the play-by-play by phone during the race.  What an exciting finish!  This boat has outstanding potential. 
  • The Men's Varsity 4+ rowed with only one actual varsity member.  With three novices on board, our guys competed well.  Out of 33 entries, the MV4 crew made it into the E Finals where they placed second with a time of 7:20.3.  These guys are going to be strong next year.
  • The Women's Varsity 4+ also had an excellent showing.  Out of 17 entries, the crew narrowly missed the Grand Finals in their first heat.  Later Saturday, in the repechage (second chance) race, the boat came within 2 seconds of making it into the Grand Finals.  This put us in the B finals on Sunday where we held first for half of the race before succumbing to VCU who won by 4.4 seconds.  We beat crews from St. Marys, Colorado, New Hampshire, UC Santa Barbara, Georgia, and Texas.
  • ACRA has six regions.  Murray State is in the South Region, which includes 27 other schools.  MSU sophomore Allison France was selected to ACRA's All-South team on Saturday.  Way to go Allie!
Congratulations to all the crews and thanks for making us proud.  I'm told several members will stay in Murray for the summer where they will dedicate themselves to training.  Alumni, we'll have our work cut out for us at Homecoming!

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