Lady Flames Novice 4 crew seventh at ACRA Championships
May 24, 2015 | Gainesville, Ga.
In a dramatic sprint to the finish line, Liberty University's Women's Novice 4 boat surged past a team from Grand Valley State University and held off a crew from the University of Vermont to place third out of eight boats in Saturday's second heat at the ACRA National Championships regatta at Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Ga., site of the rowing events at the 1996 Olympic Summer Games.
The Lady Flames completed the 2,000-meter course in 8 minutes, 14.01 seconds, ahead of Vermont (8:14.51) and GVSU (8:14.68), to receive the final automatic entry into Sunday's Grand Final.
In that race, the powerful tandem rowed to a seventh-place national showing in the final, completing the course just 0.33 seconds behind the boat from the University of Denver in 8:18.58. Complete results are available online.
"We are extremely proud of all their hard work and dedication," junior captain Rachel Williams said. "I got to be a part of their training and can testify to just how hard they worked leading up to this weekend. These girls stayed after school and did two-a-day practices."
Williams said the rowers received from valuable coaching tips from Debbie Prowse.
"We were able to learn some new techniques," Williams said. "We would not have been nearly as successful without her expertise and assistance in the rowing world, and we are extremely grateful to her for that. The team and I are incredibly proud of our novice women and all they have accomplished this year."