Women's Rowing Releases 2009-2010 Schedule
By ODU Athletics
Sept. 28, 2009
NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion women's rowing team, heading into its second varsity season, released its 2009-2010 schedule on Monday. The Lady Monarchs will compete in three fall events - Head of the Lafayette, Head of the Hooch, and Rivanna Romp, while the spring portion of the schedule will start up in March with seven events.
In its inaugural season, the Lady Monarchs' Frosh/Novice 8 boat won a gold medal at the Knecht Cup and brought home a silver medal from the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta, while the Varsity 4 captured the Grand Final of the Kerr Cup Regatta, earned a bronze medal at the Knecht Cup, and reached the Dad Vail semifinals.
"I've been asked if we feel like we are under the gun to repeat the extraordinary performance of the freshmen 8 of last year," said head coach Heather Weisel. "Honestly, we don't. We'll always focus on our frosh team but we'll be racing a whole different level of event this year with the Varsity 8. We'll be going up against teams who are far more experienced than us and although we learned a lot last year, this year is a whole new class. So we'll do our best to prepare and stick with the formula that worked for us before: get fit, focus on one practice at a time and one race at a time."
The season kicks off at the end of October in familiar waters. The Lady Monarchs will race on the Lafayette River with the Head of the Lafayette on Saturday, October 25th and follow at the Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, Tennessee in the Head of the Hooch the weekend of November 7th and 8th.
"We're really looking forward to taking the team to the Head of the Hooch this year for the first time," noted Weisel. "It's a terrific regatta with great competition. We'll see several teams there that we'll see again in the spring. It's a nice insight into what everyone is starting off with."
The Lady Monarchs close out the fall portion of its 2009-10 slate with its second straight appearance at the Rivanna Romp in Charlottesville on November 15th.
"Rivanna is going to be tough for sure," said Weisel. "Several of the very best schools in the country will be there. We're hoping to race more boats, including some pairs which will be another first for us, so it's going to be an exciting event."
While training throughout the winter, the Lady Monarchs will compete on the water in the spring beginning with its spring training trip to Florida and racing Nova Southeastern. Old Dominion will hold an intrasquad race on "Blue & White Day" on March 28th.
Old Dominion will race against Alabama and Oklahoma on April 3th in Tuscaloosa. After competing against the Crimson Tide and Sooners, the Lady Monarchs will hope to repeat is success at the Knecht Cup in Camden, New Jersey the weekend of April 9th and 10th.
The Lady Monarchs will also participate in the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Championships in Oak Ridge, Tennessee on April 17th and 18th and the CAA Championships in Occoquan, Virginia on April 25th, before closing out the season at the prestigious Dad Vail Championship Regatta May 8th and 8th in Philadelphia.
"The spring race season is going to have us doing a bit more traveling than last year to get us out of our region," mentioned Weisel. "We are intent on racing the fastest teams we can early on to learn everything we can about competing at that level. "