Flames fare well in season-opening Colonial Erg Sprints
February 27, 2016 | Williamsburg, Va.
Liberty University's men's crew team made its 2015-16 debut at the Colonial Erg Sprints, Saturday in Williamsburg, Va., where first-year Head Coach Debbie Prowse entered seven men and 11 women (four varsity, seven novice) rowers into their only indoor ergometer competitions.
"I was really happy with the way they performed," Prowse said. "They did really well, and pushed themselves beyond what they thought they could do. It was really a nice chance for us to get on the road as a team and build that team spirit. We're really looking forward to getting on the water where we can put some miles in, working on our technique to get ready for the upcoming race season."
Besides Liberty and host William & Mary, Richmond, JMU, VCU, Mary Washington, and NC State were represented in the collegiate races.
|Libertys seven novice and four varsity women inside the William & Mary Student Recreation Center.|
Lady Flames junior Kathleen Lopp placed second (7 minutes, 45 seconds) and freshman Moriah List was fifth (7:53.2) out of 24 rowers in the women's varsity 2K.
"Both of their times were personal records so that was really exciting for them," Prowse said. "They really pushed themselves."
Liberty senior Rachel Williams finished fourth in the women's lightweight varsity 2K in 8:16.4.
In the men's lightweight novice competition, Liberty freshman Spencer Barrett placed second out of 28 competitors.
Senior Trevor "Kekoa" Ellingson, the Flames' only men's varsity rower, placed second in the men's coxswain 500-meter race in 1:38.8, followed by sophomore teammate Caleb Mattingly (fifth in 1:48.1).
In the men's novice category, freshmen Josh Elliott and Zach White, who both joined the team last month, placed eighth and ninth, respectively, out of 32 competitors in 6:57.3 and 6:58.
"They're super strong athletes and did very well for their first 2Ks," Prowse said. "There are so many variables and technique plays a big part on the water where it doesn't on the erg. We'll see how it translates when they get to the water, but they look promising."
Complete results are available online.
The Flames and Lady Flames will conclude dryland practice this week and take to the water at Smith Mountain Lake, their new base of operations, on Monday.
"Both teams will be having double practices every day over Spring Break leading up to the John Hunter Regatta in Gainesville, Ga., on Saturday, March 19. That's kind of like the kickoff to the spring season, at the tail end of a lot of schools' spring breaks."