Oct 27, 2009

Crew team rows ahead

by Club Sports

Courtesy of
Liberty Club Sports

The Liberty University Crew Team took one giant stroke towards establishing a successful rowing program on Oct. 25. Both the men’s and women’s team placed in their first regatta, Head of the Lafayette, in Norfolk, Va. The teams competed in four events, the collegiate 8+ and collegiate 4+ events for both men and women, where the number denotes the number of rowers in the boat.

The women’s 4+ lineup, made up of David Haughton, Brittany Tedder, Kristin Hicks, Amanda Spence, and Sarah Huggins took third in the event bringing home the first hardware for Liberty University Crew. Meanwhile in the men’s 4+; composed of Sarah Morris, Charlie Vazquez, John Laborde, Kevin Gahagan and Brent Ausink, put together an excellent piece finishing fourth, a mere three seconds behind third place William and Mary.

Our eights then faced fierce competition in what was easily the most competitive collegiate event of the day. The men’s boat, composed of Morris, Vazquez, Laborde, James McClure, Brent Ausink, Jedidiah Bell, Jacob Diehl, Peter Crosley and Derek Adams, finished fifth behind Old Dominion, and beating out a crew from William and Mary. The women’s boat, composed of Haughton, Tedder, Toni Ortu, Spence, Lauren Stewart, Amy McGowan, Huggins, Yili Zhang, and Rebecca Wilson actively pursued two boats from William and Mary but could not catch them on what turned out to be a blustery October morning.

Both teams are eagerly looking forward to their next two events remaining this fall, Head of the Occoquan in Alexandria Va. and Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, Tenn., before moving indoors for an intense season of winter training to prepare for the 2010 spring season.

Questions and comments about Liberty Crew may be directed to crew@liberty.edu.


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