UST Crew season starts with success at Omaha Regatta

UST Crew season starts with success at Omaha Regatta

From UST Crew

The varsity and novice crew teams made a trip last weekend to Omaha for one of their first regattas of the spring racing season. The team did well up against Duke, Creighton, Marquette, Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Kansas, Wichita, Macalester and Oklahoma State.

The race was a 2K on Carter Lake. In this regatta, a team receives various points for each time it places first through fourth. The goal is to get the trophy for the most points.

The competition was rough, but UST pulled through. Starting with the Women's Varsity Team, the eight was able to make it into the second heat and took fourth. There was a battle for third with Creighton throughout the race and the team was only short of third by 5 seconds.

The JV eight (a combination of varsity and novice rowers) did well in the first JV eight race ever in Omaha. These women brought home a third-place medal. Both of the women’s varsity fours came in with strong third places. First place was had by the women's pair. Great job, women! The women's varsity team won points in all their races.

The men’s varsity team had a great regatta too; they brought home many shiny gold medals. In the eight, the men were ahead of the closest boat, Kansas, by an entire boat length. Both of the men's fours were able to bring home first-place medals as well. The first four beat Wichita by .9 of a second. Way to pull hard until the end! The second four were head to head with Wichita but were the stronger team and beat them by a boat length. Both of the men's pairs placed, one in first place and the other in second. With all of the hard work, the men's team (combined with our novice men's team) brought home the second-place trophy for the overall regatta.

The novice team did well in its first spring 2K races. The men's eight took fourth while the men's fours took second and third. There was a great effort put fourth from this team and they contributed to the men's overall second place in the regatta.

Novice women earned points for the women's team as well. The eight battled it out with Marquette for third, but ended up taking fourth after a tough fight to the finish. The novice fours also did very well taking third and forth.

The hard work of winter training has paid off. This was a great regatta to kick off UST Crew's racing season. The team has another regatta starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow, April 21, on Lake Phalen in St. Paul. Everyone's welcome to come out and cheer us on!