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ALABAMAROWING

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QuickFacts University Information Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala. Enrollment: 30,232 Founded: April 12, 1831 Conference: Southeastern (SEC) Colors: Crimson & White Nickname: Crimson Tide President: Dr. Robert E. Witt NCAA Faculty Representative: Joe Hornsby Athletics Director: Mal Moore Executive Associate Athletics Director: Dave Hart Senior Associate Athletics Directors: Dr. Finus Gaston and Milton Overton Associate Athletics Director/ Senior Woman Administrator: Marie Robbins Associate Athletics Directors: Kevin Almond, Jon Gilbert, Carol Park, Sarah Patterson, Jeff Purinton, Ronny Robertson, Mike Vollmar, Doug Walker, Mike Ward Assistant Athletics Directors: Chris Besanceney and Jon Dever Rowing Academics: Heather Anders Director of Athletic Marketing & Trademark Licensing: Jennifer Martin

Associate A.D. for Media Relations: Doug Walker Associate Media Relations Directors: Ty Patton, Roots Woodruff (Rowing Contact) Assistant Media Relations Directors: Josh Maxson, Jessica Paré, Skip Powers Athletic Department Photographer: Kent Gidley Rowing Media Relations Director: Roots Woodruff Office Phone: (205) 348-2088 FAX: (205) 348-8841 E-Mail Address: roots@ia.ua.edu Media Relations Department Administrative Assistant: Brenda Burnette Media Relations Student Assistants: Chris Asa, Kayla Brook, John Colburn, Will Derzis, Kristen Guenther, Tyler Haskins, Chad Haynie, Stephanie Irwin, Kathryn Lasater, Richard Lee, Hanna McElwain, Jacob Meacham, Diana Merchan, Erik Nisson, Joe Rayburn, Meghan Rodriguez, Nick Snow, Andrew Stone, Kristina Taylor, Rebekah Templeton, Ashley Theeler, Alex Thompson, Chris Walker, Jason Wood

The Staff

Media Notes

Head Coach: Larry Davis Alma Mater, Year: Virginia, 1973 Year at Alabama: Fifth Office Phone: (205) 348-6975 E-Mail Address: ldavis@ia.ua.edu

ALABAMA MEDIA RELATIONS: The Alabama Media Relations Office is located on the ground level of Coleman Coliseum.

Assistant Coach: Chelsea Pemberton Alma Mater, Year: Tennessee, 2005 Year at Alabama: Second Office Phone: (205) 348-7557 E-Mail Address: cpemberton@ia.ua.edu Assistant Coach: Derek Tuten Alma Mater, Year: Alabama, 2005 Year at Alabama: Fourth Office Phone: (205) 348-6476 E-Mail Address: dtuten@ia.ua.edu Graduate Assistant Coach: Laura Buckalew Alma Mater, Year: University of Charleston, 2010 Year at Alabama: First Office Phone: (205) 348-7565 E-Mail Address: lbuckalew@ia.ua.edu Administrative Assistant: Kim Murphy Office Phone: (205) 348-2467 E-Mail Address: kmurphy@ia.ua.edu Managers: Conner Good and Justin Griffin Assistant Athletic Trainer: Sherry Kimbro Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainers: Sidney Jones and Tasha Temple Rowing Mailing Address: Alabama Rowing P.O. Box 870393 Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 Rowing Overnight Shipping Address: Alabama Rowing 1201 Coliseum Drive Coleman Coliseum, Room 171 Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

INTERVIEWS: The coaching staff is available for interviews in person or by telephone by prior arrangement. Athletes may not be interviewed on meet day until post-meet interviews are granted. Interviews with Alabama rowers must be arranged through Roots Woodruff of the Athletic Media Relations office at (205) 348-6084. The best times for athlete interviews are either before or after practice at Coleman Coliseum. Interview requests should be made at least 24 hours in advance. MEDIA SERVICES: Up-to-date program notes will be available to working media prior to the meet. Results will be distributed following the competition. Requested coaches and student-athletes will be made available following all home meets. VIDEO FEEDS/TELEVISION: The University of Alabama, through Crimson Tide Sports Marketing, offers a weekly 15-minute video feed consisting of interviews with coaches and athletes, taped video highlights and narrated packages from September through May. Occasionally, the rowing team is featured in this package. Please call the media relations office for more details. During their season, the rowing team’s progress is covered each week on “The Crimson Tide This Week”, a 30-minute regional sports show. INTERNET: Information about University of Alabama athletics can be found at www. rolltide.com, the official internet site of the University of Alabama Department of Athletics. For information about the University of Alabama, go to www.ua.edu.


Quick Facts ....................................................................................................................... 2 University President Dr. Robert E. Witt ............................................................... ...............................................................4-5 4-5 The University of Alabama ................................................................................... 6-9 Director of Alabama Mal Moore ............................................................................... 10 Athletic Administration .............................................................................................. 11 A Day in the Life ....................................................................................................... 12-17 Bryant Academic Center .......................................................................................... 18 Academic Excellence ................................................................................................... 19 Crimson Tide Honor Roll............................................................................................ 20 Roll Models - Alabama Rowing in the Community ............................................21 ............................................21 Head Coach Larry Davis .................................................................................... 22-23 Assistant Coach Derek Tuten ................................................................................... ...................................................................................24 24 Assistant Coach Chelsea Pemberton .................................................................... ....................................................................25 25 Graduate Assistant Coach Laura Buckalew .......................................................... 26 Rowing Support Staff ................................................................................................ 26 Alabama Medical Staff ............................................................................................... ...............................................................................................27 27 Season Preview ..................................................................................................... 28-29 Roster .............................................................................................................................. 30 Varsity Profiles ........................................................................................................ 31-38 Freshman Profiles ................................................................................................. 39-41 Alabama and Conference USA .......................................................................... ..........................................................................42-43 42-43 Alabama Rowing History .................................................................................. 44-47 Walk-on Success .......................................................................................................... 48 Rowing Terminology .................................................................................................. 49 All-Time Results ...................................................................................................... ......................................................................................................50-51 50-51 All-Time Roster .......................................................................................................52-53 ....................................................................................................... 52-53 The Black Warrior River ...................................................................................... ......................................................................................54-55 54-55

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The University of Alabama perennially ranks among the top 50 public universities in the nation in U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings and ranked 43rd among public universities in the 2010 rankings. UA’s latest college rankings include: * The School of Law is ranked 38th among all law schools in the nation, spring 2010. * The School of Library and Information Studies is ranked 22nd nationally, spring 2009. * The School of Social Work’s graduate program is ranked 28th among social work programs at public universities and 42nd when both public and private institutions are included, spring 2008. * The undergraduate business program is ranked 35th among public undergraduate business schools and 57th when private universities are included, fall 2009

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•A record 30,232 students are enrolled, an increase of 1,425 students, or almost 5 percent, over fall 2009. This year’s freshman class once again increased in quality as well as numbers. •Enrollment at UA is up 54.1 percent since fall 2002. UA has planned carefully for the unprecedented growth in both numbers and quality, adding faculty, facilities and support functions to provide an excellent education to all students. •The 2010 entering freshman class, at 5,563, is the largest and most academically talented class in UA history, with 25 percent of the freshmen – 1,395 students – carrying a 4.0 or higher grade point average in high school and the mean ACT score for the class is a record 25.1. •The 2010 freshman class includes 125 National Merit Scholars, up from 102 in 2009. Last year, UA ranked 10th in the nation among public universities in the enrollment of National Merit Scholars. •Enrollment in graduate and first professional degree programs is 5,348 in 2010, up from 5,105 last year. •The University of Alabama has produced a total of 15 Rhodes Scholars. And, in the past two decades, we’ve produced 30 Goldwater Scholars, 19 Hollings Scholars, 7 Truman Scholars, two Javits Fellows, one Udall Scholar and one Portz Scholar. •Participation in original research and creative activities is becoming a hallmark of the under-

graduate experience at The University of Alabama. More than 250 undergraduates showcased their research and creative activity projects at UA’s spring 2010 “Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Conference.” •The University of Alabama has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement. •The University of Alabama has been selected by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its 2008 Community Engagement Classification. The designation recognizes UA as one of the nation’s premiere institutions in community outreach and scholarship, and it underscores UA’s commitment to apply its resources and expertise to address critical community needs. The University of Alabama has been engaged in an aggressive program to upgrade and expand facilities, opening 40 new facilities, including 10 new residence halls, two new dining halls, and four new academic buildings, since January 2003. •The public relations program at The University of Alabama is ranked second in the nation according to new rankings produced and published in PRWeek Magazine. UA is the highest ranked university that offers both graduate and undergraduate programs. •The University of Alabama led the nation with a record 10 students named to USA Today’s 2010 All-USA College Academic Team. UA has had great success in placing students on this national team that honors the “best of the best” undergraduate g academic all-stars from across the nation, nati ation ati at on, ha on havin having ving vin g plac p placed laced lac ed 46 students studen stu dents den ts on the team te eam since since 2003. 20 3 In addition 200 add d iti it on on to this this year, year ear, UA also had the th most st stu studen students dents den ts on the lilist st in 200 2003, 200 20 2005, 5, 200 2006, 06, 200 2008 008 and d 200 20 2009 9 and and tie tied d for for the th h to top p spot spot in 2007. 9


The University of Alabama’s Director of Athletics since 1999, Mal Moore has made an indelible mark on one of the nation’s most storied athletic programs, leading a department that has enjoyed tremendous success athletically and academically while enjoying an unprecedented period of growth during his tenure. Through his guidance, Alabama’s athletic department remains focused on his vision of having all Crimson Tide athletic teams and student-athletes competitive at the highest level nationally while continuing to elevate athletic facilities at the Capstone to premier status nationally for all sports. During his tenure as Director of Athletics, Moore has overseen more than $200 million of capital improvements to University of Alabama athletic facilities. Those projects have encompassed the entire scope of all Crimson Tide athletic programs and have benefitted every Alabama student-athlete, coach, and administrator. Throughout his multi-faceted career, Moore has worked with a diversified field of constituents, from fellow coaches and former players, to fans and the business community. All of those experiences and relationships - in addition to his ability to unify those many constituents - have made him the ideal person to lead Alabama athletics in the 21st century. His leadership has been crucial in helping guide Alabama through a period that has been, at times, extremely challenging. His guidance and effort helped Alabama athletics weather the storm, while continuing to move in a positive direction toward a future that holds great promise. 10

Moore’s dedication to, and love of, the University of Alabama was recognized on March 28, 2007, when as a permanent tribute to his lifelong contributions to The University of Alabama, the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama System officially dedicated the facility formerly known as The Football Building as the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility. Under Moore’s direction, Alabama’s athletic teams have produced two national championships, the 2009 football title and the 2002 NCAA gymnastics championship, as well as several Southeastern Conference championships, winning titles in football, gymnastics, men’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s golf, men’s cross country, baseball and softball; taking SEC tournament titles in both baseball and softball. Alabama athletes have earned some of the highest honors the SEC and NCAA have to offer, including SEC Athlete of the Year, SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, NCAA Top VIII, NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships and NCAA Sportsperson of the Year. These honors are over and above the individual conference and national titles that Alabama athletes continue to bring home to the Capstone on a regular basis. In addition to making his mark on Alabama, Moore has also had a national impact as a key member of several prestigious NCAA and college football committees. Moore has served on the NCAA Division I Football Issues Committee, the SEC Athletic Directors Bowl Advisory Committee and the Big Six Conferences Minority Coaches Forum. Moore’s distinguished record of service to UA began more than 50 years ago when he joined the Crimson Tide football squad as a scholarship player for Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant

from 1958-62. Moore has the distinction of being a part of eight national championship teams (1961, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1978, 1979, 1992 and 2009) with the first coming as a player, the next six during his coaching career and the most recent during his tenure as director of athletics. As a player and coach, he was also part of 14 SEC championships and 27 bowl trips. He is the only individual connected with the Alabama program to be a part of eight national championships. During a coaching career that spanned 31 years, Moore spent 22 of those at Alabama with stops at Montana State, Notre Dame and the NFL’s St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals. At Alabama, Moore started as a graduate assistant under Coach Bryant in 1964, then as defensive backfield coach for six seasons (1965-70) before becoming quarterbacks coach from 1971-82, serving as the Tide’s first offensive coordinator starting in 1975. He would go on to coordinate all of the offensive plays for four of Alabama’s national championship teams (1975, 1978, 1979 and 1992). A 1963 graduate of The University of Alabama, Moore holds both an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a 1964 Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from the Capstone. Moore was born December 19, 1939, in Dozier, Ala. He and the late Mrs. Charlotte Moore have one daughter, Mrs. Steve (Heather) Cook of Scottsdale, Ariz., a granddaughter, Anna Lee, and a grandson, Charles Cannon.


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The newest residence hall on campus, Ridgecrest features apartment-style suites that feature kitchens with full refrigerators and microwave ovens, dining areas with a cafe table and chairs and a furnished living room. Each bedroom has a height-adjustable loft bed as well as a desk, chair, dresser, and closet. All this combines for a very comfortable home life.

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MORNING WORKOUT: Up before the sun, the rowers converge on the Crimson Tide’s home on the Black Warrior River, which boasts of high banks, long, protected straightaways, and minimal current, making it a prime training site. The start time on the water varies by when the sun is high enough in the sky so the rowers can see and be seen, the intensity does not vary, as Alabama works hard to move up to the elite level of collegiate rowing as fast as possible. After workouts, the student-athletes grab a quick breakfast before heading out to class.

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CLASS Everything you need to find your place with the best and brightest is here - a beautiful campus, 200 academic majors, outstanding Honors programs, freshman learning communities and generous scholarships and financial aid. Your options for involvement are many, from our championship athletic tradition and diverse volPM unteer opportunities to our Greek society and state-of-the-art student recreation center. We also offer active campus ministries and a vibrant social scene.

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After training on the river in the morning, the rowers have the option to hit the PM Coleman Coliseum erg bay using top of the line Concept2 ergonometers. These optional workouts are scheduled around classes.

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ACADEMICEXCELLENCE

Paul W. Bryant Academic Center The Center for Athletic Student Services (CASS), a mainstay of The University of Alabama’s academic success, got a huge boost when it moved into its current home in the spring of 2005. The Crimson Tide’s academic home, the Paul W. Bryant Academic Center, was the crown jewel of Alabama’s $125plus million Crimson Tradition building initiative. “This project was certainly one of our focal points when we started the renovations of our athletic facilities,” athletics director Mal Moore said. “Academics are at the center of our mission at Alabama and we wanted to create a place that would aid all our student-athletes in their educational pursuits. Bryant Hall provides everything we need in that regard.” Through the auspices of the Crimson Tradition Fund, Alabama took its former athletic dorm and converted it into 18

a 55,000-square foot state-of-the-art facility that benefits all 500-plus Crimson Tide student-athletes. “Bryant Hall is a tremendous facility for our studentathletes,” Heather Anders, the rowing team’s academic advisor said. “Within Bryant Hall a student-athlete has everything that they need to be successful academically and it demonstrates the commitment The University of Alabama and the athletics department has to that success. Bryant Hall has everything under one roof, a tremendous asset for our student-athletes and their busy schedules. They can meet with their advisor, work with a tutor, attend their orientation class, use the math lab, reading lab, writing lab, or computer lab – all right here.” Among the building’s many amenities is a 48-seat computer lab with brand-new equipment. The computer lab also houses 25 laptop computers that can be checked out

by student-athletes for use on road trips. There are math, English, and writing labs as well as individual study rooms. The athletic academic advisor offices are also housed in the building along with several study lounges, two 50-seat classrooms and a 140-seat classroom. The classrooms utilize cutting-edge teaching devices, including digital overhead projectors and “smart boards” that allow instructors to interact with students on the go. Throughout the building there are 16 information stations that provide student-athletes with news about tutorials, study sessions and even practice schedules. The building also houses the Crimson Tide’s Academic Hall of Fame and its nationally recognized LifeSkills program.


For coach Larry Davis the goal is simple. He wants his student-athletes to leave Alabama with medals around their neck and a diploma in hand. Success, by that criteria, as been immediate for the rowing program. Last season alone, Alabama led the nation last in Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athlete awards in 2010, with a program-high 11 Crimson Tide rowers earning the honor, tying UA with Brown University for the national lead. “One thing that we have laid as a foundation for this program is to be the absolute best in all areas, athletically and academically,” Davis said. “To lead the nation in this award speaks volumes about the commitment placed on academics at the University of Alabama. It also shows that as we improve on the water, our dedication to academics hasn’t wavered in the slightest.”

To earn CRCA honor a rower must hold a 3.5 grade point average for her career, be at least a sophomore in eligibility, and have competed in 75-percent of the team’s spring races. In Alabama’s four-year history as an NCAA Division I program, 20 Tide rowers have earned a total of 36 CRCA Scholar Athlete honors. 2010 senior Stacey Ogle, Bailey Sanders and Katie Spohr all earned the honor for the third year in a row last season. On a conference level, Alabama’s rowers have been named to the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll 75 times, including an amazing 27 who made the list last year. In 2009, senior Ogle became the first Tide rower to earn a place on the prestigious ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic AllDistrict At-Large second team, an award that spans several NCAA Division I sports.

In its first year as a member of the Conference USA super rowing conference, Alabama once again leapt the forefront in the classroom. Of the 16 student-athletes who were named to the inaugural Conference USA All-Academic Team, Alabama and Kansas were the only schools to have three rowers on the list. The Tide’s honorees were Ogle, Sanders and Spohr. Spohr was one of just four student-athletes who were unanimous selections to the All-Academic squad. To make the ballot for the CUSA all-academic team, a rower has to have earned a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better and are a key contributor to their team. The team is then elected by the league’s sports information directors for rowing. The secret behind the academic success for Tide student-athletes is really no secret at all. Alabama’s Center of Athletic Student Services, located in the state-of-the-art Paul

Stacey Ogle, member of the 2009 ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District AtLarge Second Team

W. Bryant Academic Center, stands ready to help Tide student-athletes get the most out of their academic experience at one of the nation’s finest universities. CASS is headed by Assistant Athletics Director for Student Services Jon Dever. Dever is assisted by Tyler Roberts and Heather Anders, rowing’s academic advisors, as well as Tom Buttram, Barbara DeLaire, Brenda Elliott, Fern Hampton, Jill Lancaster, Lisa Patrick and Lance Walker. Joining this group are six interns and 65 part-time tutors. The entire operation is housed in the Bryant Hall Academic Center. Dever and his staff work with athletes from every sport to ensure that they first receive a quality education before taking their first stroke on the river. The CASS staff works as a liaison between the Athletic Department, undergraduate divisions, and the administrative offices of the university. The staff assists with class-scheduling and registration, makes sure all athletes are maintaining satisfactory progress toward their degrees, monitors academic eligibility and provides career counseling. The advisors also secure tutors and schedule study sessions. From the moment a recruit first walks on to campus to the moment an athlete graduates with diploma in hand, the academic services provided are outstanding. For the first year at the Capstone, freshmen and junior college transfers are required to attend nightly study halls. After that, the attendance is based on the individual’s GPA and study needs. The dedicated CASS staff can only give guidance and direction. Achievement is left in the hands of the student-athlete. If the athlete wishes to succeed in the classroom as they do in competition, then Alabama’s CASS will provide them with every opportunity to achieve the highest goals.

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CONFERENCE USA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE ACADEMIC HONOR ROLL

Alabama Rowing joined Conference USA in 2010. Three Crimson Tide rowers earned a spot on the inaugural C-USA All-Academic Team, tying Alabama with Kansas for the most studentathletes on the list.

2007 Bryn Crawford Victoria Croy McKenna Frease Rachel Kimbrough Leigh Ann Lazarus Cristin Liveoak Genna McIlwaine Marley McKenzie Margaret Strojny

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STACEY OGLE • 2010

BAILEY SANDERS • 2010

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COLLEGIATE ROWING COACHES ASSOCIATION SCHOLAR-ATHLETE AWARD 2007 Sarah Beaver McKenna Frease Leigh Ann Lazarus Cristin Liveoak Christina McClellan Margaret Strojny Katherine Tippey

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2009 Katie Allaway Jessica Autrey Erika Baranek Helen Barnes Camille Campbell Chelsea Collins Victoria Croy Katelyn Halicks Lauren Hovey Kristen Iverson Sara Leibold

Tacoma Morrissey Stacey Ogle Bailey Sanders Laura Skaggs Katie Smith Katherine Spohr Paige Storey Kathryn Tippey Stephanie Varner Mary Vlasis Cathryn Whitlock Sarah Witt

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Biology Interdisciplinary Communication Studies Anthropology General Health Psychology Accounting General Health Psychology Marketing Exercise Science Journalism Marketing Management Geology Communication Studies Pre-Med International Studies English Economics Marketing Exercise Science Electrical Engineering Elementary Education Apparel & Textiles Pre-Business Aerospace Engineering

2010 Jessica Allaway Jessica Autrey Erica Baranek Helen Barnes Daniella Barone Camille Campbell Chelsea Collins Sarah Eadon Amelia Houghton Lauren Hovey Kristen Iverson Jennifer Johnson Alissa Kranz Sara Leibold Tacoma Morrissey Stacey Ogle Jessica Parker Bailey Sanders Jessica Scivley Katie Spohr Mariah Styer Valerie Vargas Stephanie Varner Leigh Waddell Cathryn Whitlock Veronica Wilson Sarah Witt


From the day the first boat went on the river, Alabama Rowing has dedicated itself to excellence in all things. And success, and excellence, has come swiftly to the fifth-year program. On the water, the Tide has made an immediate impact, climbing the ranks at the top regattas and sweeping several dual meets in its first three years. In the classroom, Crimson Tide rowers already rank among the best, turning in outstanding grades in some of the University’s toughest majors. The Tide doesn’t stop there, though. In just four years as a varsity team, the rowers have amassed the most community outreach hours of any team at the Capstone, three times. The rowing program volunteers on a regular basis with a wide

variety of organizations. Overall, rowers participated in over 3,000 hours over the last three years. “As a program, it is important to us, that our studentathletes excel in all areas of the collegiate experience,” head coach Larry Davis said. “We want them to be at their best athletically and academically, but more than that, we want them to understand and embrace the concept of being active and positive members of their community. I am very pleased with how our ladies have responded to that challenge and the work they do in the University and Tuscaloosa community. community.” Over the last three years, when the UA Athletics Department has singled out individual student-athletes for their work

in the community, the rowing team has again led the way. Last year, six student-athletes were honored with the Community Outreach award, given annually to the student-athletes with the highest overall service hours, and half that number, Tacoma Morrisey, Jessica Autrey and Erika Baranek, came from rowing team. During the 2008-09 school year 10 student-athletes were honored for their work in the community, including four rowers - Amy Allison, Autrey, Baranek and Katie Smith. In 2007-08, 2007 08, two rowers, Amy Alison and Katie Tippey were among the six Tide athletes honored with the Tide’s Community Outreach award. 21


COACHINGSTAFF Five years into the process, it’s obvious that rowing coach Larry Davis is in the place where he wants to be, involved with a sport he loves. That passion, combined with a strong relationship with the city of Tuscaloosa, Davis is doing exactly what he’s always wanted to. “I love the sport of rowing and it’s something where I really have a commitment to the University and the city of Tuscaloosa,” Davis said. 22

Now in his 13th year in Tuscaloosa, Davis has been involved in the local rowing scene for a majority of that time, still getting on the water himself on a regular basis. During that span he has helped the sport grow and flourish to the point that the Crimson Tide is one of the fast rising teams on the national scene. “One of the things that I’ve learned over time is that good things take time and you

have to construct them in layers and build on the pace,” Davis said. “The University has been very good about giving us the tools we need on a step-by-step basis to achieve that.” It’s no easy task taking a club team and building it into a successful, Division-I NCAA program, but four year’s down the road, Davis and his staff have much to be pleased with.

“We want to be one of those sports that represents the University at the highest level,” Davis said. “I think everybody involved with the program feels that way.” Success has come early and often for Alabama Rowing under Davis. In the program’s first year, the Tide earned top-5 finishes at many of the regattas it competed and won a number of races in dual-meet competitions


against established programs. At the Dad Vail College Championships, the Tide advanced to the semifinals in all of its races, unheard of for such a green squad. T he next nex extt tw two o se seas ason onss sa saw w th the e Tide Tide The seasons continue to make enormous strides forward, including a silver medal at the esteemed Head of the Charles Regatta when the UA Varsity 8+ grabbed second place in the women’s Club race. That spring, p g, Alabama went to the South-

it took third in the Club 8+ race. The Tide also earned its first gold medal at the SIRA Championships when the Varsity 4+ took first place, which was one of three medals on the weekend en d wh whic ich h le led d th the e Ti Tide de tto o a th thir ird d pl plac ace e ov over eral alll which third place overall finish. The 2010 season also saw Alabama take another step in its development when it joined with eight other programs from across the country to make up Conference USA’s rowing contingent. g

ern Intercollegiate Rowing Championships and came away with another silver medal in the Varsity 8+ race and placed second overall in points. In 2009 the Tide posted a top-10 finish in the most competitive division of the Head of the Charles, bettering 35 other boats as well as advancing four boats to the finals of its first South/Central Sprint Championships. Last season, season led by Alabama Alabama’ss fi first rst group of fourth-year seniors, Alabama earned another medal at the Head of the Charles when

“One of the things that the team hasn’t had up to this point is the ability to chase a conference championship,” Davis said “It will be a great motivator throughout the year, instead of just pushing along and seeing how we do, we’ll now have our sights set on winning the championship.” Not only have Tide rowers seen success on the water water, but they have also excelled in the classroom. Over the last four years, Alabama rowers have earned the Collegiate

Rowing Coaches Association’s Scholar-Athlete Award 36 times, including 11 last season, a total that led the nation. On a conference level, Alabama’s rowers have been named to the Sout So uthe heas aste tern rn Conference Con onfe fere renc nce e Ac Acad adem emic ic-H Hon onor or Southeastern Academic-Honor Roll 75 times, including 27 last year alone. In its first year as a member of C-USA, Davis’ crew led the way with three spots on the league’s All-Academic team. During g his tenure, Davis’ rowers have also made a marked difference in the community, leading the athletic department’s community service efforts in each of the last three years. Such success for such a young program is nothing short of astounding, but it is certainly in line with Davis’ goals when he took the job as Alabama’s inaugural head coach. “We have a plan, and it’s an aggressive plan, but there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s one that we can fulfill,” Davis said. His plan includes steady, continuous improvement in all phases of the program each year and competing for an NCAA Championship bid within the program’s first eight to 10 years. “Starting from almost scratch, to see it move along in a span of really four-plus years, it’s very rewarding to see that kind of growth,” Davis said. “We need to realize that we still have a long way to go but there’s so much opportunity here that I can’t see us not achieving the kind of success that I think we’re capable of.” This success has been part of his vision from day one, Feb. 2, 2006, when after an exhaustive search, the University’s athletics department named Davis as its new rowing coach. “Larry Larry is well-respected well respected and connected in the rowing community and brings immediate respect to our program,” Alabama Athletics

Director Mal Moore said. Davis’ past in rowing spans 40 years, including 25 as a coach. Before starting the Crimson Tide’s program, he coached the Alabama ba ma C rew re w Cl Club ub sstarting tart ta rtin ing g in 11998. 998. 99 8. IIn n ad addi diti tion on Crew addition to his duties with the club team, he has served as the Director of Wellness and Aquatics at the YMCA of Tuscaloosa County. Prior to his time in Tuscaloosa, Davis spent 1981-93 at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he was the head coach of the varsity crew and served as the school’s compliance officer. He led Marist to wins at the MAAC Championship Regatta and the New York State Small College Championships. He was also the head coach of the University of Alabama-Huntsville’s varsity crew from 197781. Davis also spent time with the United States National Team. In 1983 Davis was an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s Rowing team and later, in 1987, he served as team manager. In 1983 Team USA competed at the World Championships in Germany and the Pan American Games in Venezuela, with the men’s 8+ winning gold at the Pan Am Games. The 1987 squad made it to the World Championships in Denmark and the men’s 8+ once again won gold. “I’ve worked with a lot of different programs at a lot of different levels and I try to bring that experience to bear in everything I do, from putting together workouts, to talking with the rowers, to race day,” Davis said. As an athlete he rowed for WashingtonLee High School in Virginia where he was a member of the last varsity 8+ to win gold at the Royal Henley Regatta in England. Davis continued his rowing career at the University of Virginia where he won numerous competitions including the Mid-American Championship and the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship. During Davis’ time in Charlottesville the Cavaliers finaled at the Dad Vail Small College Championships three years, earning a bronze medal in 1971. Davis spent all his undergraduate and graduate years at Virginia earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1973, 1973 followed up by a master’s in counseling in 1977. He is married to the former Vicki Barnes of Madison, Ala. 23


Derek Tuten is in his fourth year as an assistant coach for the Alabama Rowing team. While he is involved in all aspects of the program, his primary duties include coaching the novice rowers and serving as the program’s boatman/ rigger, in charge of keeping the Tide’s boats in top condition. “Derek brings a wealth of rowing knowledge to our program,” Davis said. “As a Tuscaloosa native and an Alabama graduate, he knows the pride everyone has in the Crimson Tide and he knows the Alabama rowing community. His experience and knowledge help our student-athletes become acclimatized to all phases of the collegiate rowing experience.” Tuten served as head coach of the Alabama Crew Club prior to joining the Crimson Tide staff in the summer of 2007. As the Alabama Crew Crew’ss coach, he led the men to a win at the Head of the South and a finalist spot at the SIRA Championships. 24

“Derek is an excellent teacher when it comes to rowing,” Davis said. “He brings a balance and patience to the program in terms of how he goes about his coaching. A keen observer, he takes what he sees and works individually with the student-athletes to teach them the skills they need to be successful.” A 1997 graduate of Central High School, Tuten coached the Alabama Crew Club for two years as an assistant under Davis before taking over the reins in 2006. During that period the club was a consistent medalist, including earning gold at the SIRA Championships. “Having worked with Coach Davis in the past with great success, I was excited about the opportunity to do so again at the Division I level,” Tuten said. “With the university’s dedication to athletics and academics, I know this program will succeed.”

Tuten was a four-year member of the Alabama Crew Club while pursuing a Psychology degree at Alabama. He also rowed for the Riverside Boat Club and Community Rowing in Boston, one of the nation’s top cities for competitive rowing. As a competitor, Tuten rowed at the U.S. Rowing National Championships as well as the C.R.A.S.H. - B Sprints World Indoor Championships. He won gold at the Southeastern Championships, Head of the South and Chattanooga Head Race during his career. He also medaled at the Head of the Chattahoochee, Head of the Tennessee, Augusta Invitational, Tennessee Indoor Sprints, Atlanta Indoor Sprints and Clemson Sprints.


Chelsea Pemberton, in her second year as a member of the Crimson Tide coaching staff, brings a wealth of rowing experience to Alabama. The Jacksonville, Fla., native serves as an assistant coach with the Tide’s varsity, working the Tide’s smaller boats in addition to assisting head coach Larry Davis with the overall varsity program. “I’m very excited to be a part of The University of Alabama and the rowing program,” Pemberton said. “This a great time to be on this campus with so many tremendous things going on. I also love that I have the opportunity to be a part of a program that is growing by leaps and bounds and is on its way to the top.”

Pemberton also serves as Alabama’s recruiting coordinator, helping bring the next generation of rowers to the Capstone. “Chelsea is vital to our growth in a variety of areas, not the least of which is recruiting,” Alabama head coach Larry Davis said. “We’ve done a good job of growing with the talent we have on hand, but to continue on the path we’re on, to fulfill our goal of competing at the NCAA Championships, we’re going to have to improve both the level of talent we’re bringing in to the program and the depth we have in the program. Chelsea will be spending a lot of her time focusing on finding those quality athletes that are going to help take the next step up the ladder of success.”

A three-time All-American at the University of Tennessee, Pemberton is very familiar with what it takes to be a success in collegiate rowing. She helped lead the Lady Vols to their first appearance at the NCAA Championships during her career in Knoxville as well as being named to the All-South Region team all four years of her career. She began rowing in high school, competing for Stanton College Preparatory High School starting in 1997 and saw immediate success, earning a state title in the Varsity 8+ and a national championship in the Junior 4+ as well as leading her shell to a win in the high school category at the legendary Head of the Charles regatta in 2000.

Her success as a prep rower led to a spot on the United States Junior National Team. As a part of Team USA, she rowed to a fifth place finish at Junior World Championships in Duisburg, Germany, in the Women’s 8+. After graduating from Tennessee, Pemberton started her coaching career in the Knoxville with the Oak Ridge Rowing Association before moving on to the East Tennessee Rowing Organization and then joining the MastersCoaching staff, coaching masters women at camps and clinics across the country.

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Graduate Assistant Coach

SUPPORTSTAFF

There is little doubt that Laura Buckalew, now in her first year as the Crimson Tide’s graduate assistant coach, knows something about rowing. After all, in addition to rowing for the University of Charleston in West Virginia, Buckalew also grew up around the sport thanks to her father, Jim, who worked for the United States Rowing Association and is the coach at Charleston. “Growing up, my dad was always putting on regattas, coaching them and working as a referee,” Buckalew said. The Charleston, W.Va., native graduated from UC in 2010 with a double major in business administration and sports administration. Buckalew is putting both her rowing background and her degrees in administration to work in her role with the Tide. She is charged with the day-to-day details of keeping the program running smoothly, taking care of travel arrangements,

Heather Anders Academic Advisor

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Ryan Davis Strength and Conditioning Coach

Conner Good Manager

Justin Griffin Manager

Sidney Jones Athletic Trainer

Kim Murphy Administrative Assistant

paper work and the like while also lending a hand with coaching as well. In addition to rowing for Charleston, she also was a four-year letter winner on the Golden Eagles volleyball team. As a sophomore she helped lead UC to the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball tournament title. As a junior she was fourth in the conference in blocks. As a senior she served as the volleyball team’s co-captain. She also served as co-captain of the rowing team at UC as a senior. She rowed as part of the Novice 4+ as a rookie and then was part of the Varsity 8+ in 2008 and 2010. She sat out the 2009 season after surgery to correct a volleyball injury. Buckalew graduated from Capital High School where she played volleyball and basketball. At Alabama, in addition to her duties with the rowing team, she is also pursuing a master’s degree in sports management.

Tyler Roberts Academic Advisor

LaTasha Temple Athletic Trainer


Alabama’s Team Physicians, from the left, Craig Buettner, Jimmy Robinson, Les Fowler and Jeff Laubenthal.

Even with the most physically conditioned athletes, injury can occur. The University of Alabama is prepared for such moments, with a full staff of doctors and athletic trainers ready to lend their expertise to any medical situation so Alabama’s athletes can return to action in peak condition as soon as it’s safe and possible. Dr. Jimmy Robinson, Dr. Craig Buettner and Dr. Jeff Laubenthal all volunteer their time to ensure that Crimson Tide athletes stay in peak medical condition. They supervise the total healthcare needs of all of Alabama’s athletes. Other physicians helping to keep the Tide healthy include Dr. Les Fowler and worldrenowned orthopedic surgeons Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Lyle Cain. Jeff Allen serves as the Crimson Tide’s Director of Sports Medicine as well as being the Head Football Trainer. Rodney Brown is the Director of Rehabilitation Services. New to the staff is Amy Bragg, who is the Crimson Tide’s Director of Nutrition, working with all the teams. The Coleman Coliseum training room is staffed by seven full-time athletic trainers, including Sherry Kimbro (soccer and row-

ing), John Morr (men’s basketball and men’s and women’s golf), Joe Hoffer (baseball and men’s and women’s tennis), Bernard Burroughs, (men’s and women’s track and field), Monica Decker (gymnastics and men’s and women’s swimming and diving), Nick Seiler (softball) and Jeremy Dobbs (women’s basketball and volleyball). Assisting Allen with football athletic trainers Ginger Gilmore and Jeremy Gsell as well as two graduate assistants, Brandon Armstrong and Evan Dauterive. The coliseum staff also consists of seven graduate assistant athletic trainers: Kelly Bridges (swimming and diving), Luke Kasper (men’s and women’s tennis), Jackie Takaki (women’s track and field), Sidney Jones (rowing), Tasha Temple (rowing), Brent Leyser (volleyball) and Lisa Basarab (spirit teams). Athletic trainers can spend an average of 10 to 12 hours a day on the job depending on what point of the season the team is in. Alabama ensures the safety of its athletes by assigning at least one athletic trainer to each team to cover home and away events, conditioning, practice and travel.

Alabama’s Olympic Sports Athletic Training Staff - from the left, Jeremy Dobbs, Sherry Kimbro, Joe Hoffer, Nick Seiler, John Morr, Bernard Burroughs and Monica Decker.

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THEROWING

20110-111 ALABAMA ROWING

Last L astt ye as year ar w was a definitely a jam-packed year for the Alabama Rowing team. It was the fourth year as an NCAA Division I team for the young program, which means it had its first group of seniors that had gone through all four years as part of the team. It was also the first year that Alabama was part of a conference. With only two Southeastern Conference schools, UA and Tennessee, sponsoring rowing at the NCAA D1 level, the Crimson Tide and Lady Vols combined with Big 12 schools Texas, Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma as affiliate programs with member schools SMU, Tulsa and Central Florida to compete under the Conference USA banner making up a ‘super’ rowing conference. And among other season highlights, Alabama grabbed another medal at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta and a trio of medals at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Championships, including a first-ever SIRA gold medal. All-in-all it was a very big year for the Crimson Tide. 28

The question now is where does Alabama go from here? According to head coach Larry Davis, year five will be all about polish ... about bringing a professional edge to everything the team does, from how they approach each practice, each meeting, each race. For Davis, along with fourth-year assistant coach Derek Tuten and second-year assistant coach Chelsea Pemberton, the beginning of the Tide’s next fouryear cycle is all about paying attention to every detail that will allow them to further close the gap on the nation’s elite. “One of the things we emphasized last year was becoming more mature as a team,” Davis said. “This year, my goal for the team is to be more professional. We need go out there and do our job, and do it well.” Through the journey from club program to its first true senior class, Alabama has taken big strides each year, learning what it takes to compete at the highest level of NCAA rowing along the way. This year, the goals are higher than ever.

“To have the goal of being Conference USA champions, which we do, we have to be more professional,” Davis said. “We are going to have to practice harder, have a more focused intent when we go out on the water, conduct ourselves in a more polished and precise manner because we’ve set our goals to achieve a higher standard. We have enough talent this year, but the question is will everyone step up. We need more than just a percentage of the team to step up. We have to step up as a team.” Stepping into a conference situation has been a boost for the Tide in the focus area according to Davis, giving Alabama a tangible, omnipresent goal as it goes through the season. “We have a more definitive goal in our sights,” Davis said of the conference aspect of the season. “Before, we didn’t really have a true championship to shoot for. With some other things that will be changing with NCAA rowing, there will also be an opportunity in a couple of years to earn an automatic


qualification to the NCAA Championships if we win the Conference USA title.” The Tide’s Varsity program sends three dozen rowers out onto the water this fall with an even distribution of sophomores, juniors and seniors, giving Davis perhaps his best balance between raw enthusiasm and experience. Despite that balance, the one place the Tide will be very young this season is the coxswain position where the Tide’s lost a pair of four-year letterwinners to graduation. “We really only have one experienced coxswain, and there are certainly more crews than one can take care of,” Davis said. “A task I have assigned to our experienced coxswain, Paige (Storey), to do is be more of a leader. She is going to have to help the other girls learn and step up to be more polished quicker than having two or three years to develop. The coxswains are an extension of the coaching staff. They have to read things like a quarterback reading a defense. That only comes with experience.”

Alabama started the fall semester with 10 freshmen on hand, some of which will see action on the Tide’s Varsity team from the start while others will begin their careers on the Novice squad. The rest of the Novice squad was recruited from on campus after school got underway. Both the Varsity and Novice squads will compete in rowing’s fall and spring seasons. The fall season is made up of multi-team invitationals while the spring season begins with dual, tri and quad meets and ends up with the championship meets, including the second Conference USA Championship. “The fall gives us an opportunity to go out and evaluate athletes in racing situations,” Davis said. “We want them to be composed while learning how to be a truly great competitors. The fall is a good time to do that. We use a lot of different combinations that we don’t use in the spring to give us a chance as coaches to evaluate everyone and see how they do in different situations.”

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ATHLETEPROFILES

Name Height Jessica Allaway 5-9 Sennie Allen 5-3 Bianca Arrington 6-0 Kiffy Balchon 5-3 Erika Baranek 5-9 Daniella Barone 5-7 Tabitha Coleman 5-6 Chelsea Collins 5-6 Sarah Eadon 5-5 Amelia Houghton 5-11 Kristen Iverson 5-10 Jennifer Johnson 5-6 Alissa Kranz 6-0 Emily LeBeau 5-2 Lauren Miller 5-7 Jessica Parker 5-5 Blake Reed 5-8 Laura Skaggs 5-9 Paige Storey 5-1 Mariah Styer 5-7 Sydney Sutton 6-0 Leigh Ann Terch 5-4 Stephanie Varner 6-0 Leigh Erin Waddell 5-8 Audrey White 5-10 Kendall Williamson 5-9 Freshmen Jennifer Arcidiacono Kara Averell Bethany Bell Brianne Hadar Lauren Laufe Lynsey Marshall Hannah Merrill Kelli O’Brien Roisin O’Carroll Daniela Susnara HEAD COACH Larry Davis Fifth Year

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Year Sr. Jr. Jr. Soph. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Soph. Sr. Jr. Soph. Sr. Jr. Sr. Soph. Jr. Sr. Jr. Soph. Soph. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Soph.

5-8 Fr. 5-3 Fr. 5-6 Fr. 5-6 Fr. 5-8 Fr. 5-9 Fr. 6-0 Fr. 5-8 Fr. 5-11 Fr. 5-5 Fr. ASSISTANT COACH Derek Tuten Fourth Year

Hometown Tuscaloosa, Ala. Trussville, Ala. Fairfax, Va. Tampa, Fla. Gloucester, Va. Alpharetta, Ga. Chancellor, Ala. Queensbury, N.Y. Seattle, Wash. Jacksonville, Fla. Medford, N.J. Andover, Mass. West Palm Beach, Fla. Belleville, Ill. Chattanooga, Tenn. Roswell, Ga. Falls Church, Va. St. Louis, Mo. Chattanooga, Tenn. Orlando, Fla. Clarkesville, Ga. Birmingham, Ala. Somerville, Ala. Kennett, Mo. Huntsville, Ala. Birmingham, Ala.

High School Northridge Hewitt Trussville Robinson Secondary Tampa Preparatory School Gloucester Chattahoochee Geneva Hoover Holy Names Academy Nease Shawnee Andover King’s Academy Althoff Catholic High Chattanooga Christian Centennial Thomas Jefferson Villa Duchesne Baylor School Winter Park Habersham Central Mountain Brook Priceville Kennett Grissom Oak Mountain

Ambler, Pa. Springside Gainesville, Fla. Buchholz Cincinnati, Ohio Batavia Tallahassee, Fla. Lincoln Pittsburgh, Pa. Shady Side Academy Gloucester, Va. Gloucester Lodi, Calif. Lodi Georgetown, Mass. Georgetown Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Mathews Redwood City, Calif. Notre Dame ASSISTANT GRADUATE COACH ASSISTANT Chelsea Pemberton Laura Buckalew Second Year First Year

CLASS BREAKDOWN SENIORS

JUNIORS

SOPHOMORES

FRESHMEN

Jessica Allaway Daniella Barone Chelsea Collins Amelia Houghton Alissa Kranz Lauren Miller Laura Skaggs Leigh Erin Waddell

Sennie Allen Bianca Arrington Erika Baranek Tabitha Coleman Kristen Iverson Emily LeBeau Blake Reed Paige Storey Leigh Ann Terch Stephanie Varner Audrey White

Kiffy Balchon Sarah Eadon Jennifer Johnson Jessica Parker Mariah Styer Sydney Sutton Kendall Williamson

Jennifer Arcidiacono Kara Averell Bethany Bell Brianne Hadar Lauren Laufe Lynsey Marshall Hannah Merrill Kelli O’Brien Roisin O’Carroll Daniela Susnara

STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWN ALABAMA

GEORGIA

OHIO

Jessica Allaway Sennie Allen Tabitha Coleman Leigh Ann Terch Stephanie Varner Audrey White Kendall Williamson

Daniella Barone Jessica Parker Sydney Sutton

Bethany Bell

CALIFORNIA

Jennifer Johnson Kelli O’Brien

Hannah Merrill Daniela Susnara

FLORIDA Kara Averell Kiffy Balchon Amelia Houghton Alissa Kranz Mariah Styer Brianne Hadar Roisin O’Carroll

ILLINOIS Emily LeBeau

MASSACHUSETTS

MISSOURI Laura Skaggs Leigh Erin Waddell

NEW JERSEY Kristen Iverson

NEW YORK Chelsea Collins

PENNSYLVANIA Jennifer Arcidiacono Lauren Laufe

TENNESSEE Lauren Miller Paige Storey

VIRGINIA Bianca Arrington Erika Baranek Blake Reed Lynsey Marshall

WASHINGTON Sarah Eadon


PREP HIGHLIGHTS:

PERSONAL INFORMATION:

PREP HIGHLIGHTS:

Competed in softball and was captain of the varsity soccer team at Northridge High School … member of the Spanish Club and Honor Society and National Art Honor Society … played soccer for Vestavia Attack Soccer Club.

Full name: Sennie Elisabeth Allen ... daughter of DeAnn Amason ... sister, Savanna … communicative disorders major ... born Oct. 3, 1989.

Varsity rower for Rob and Katie Wasalaski at Robinson Secondary School … led the team to a firstplace finish at the state championship in 2007 and second place in 2008 … All-Metropolitan Athlete in 2007 and 2008 … broke high school 2K record in the ERG with a 7.25 … rowed for Thompson’s Boat Center Rowing Club of Washington, D.C.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Jessica Suzanne Allaway … daughter of Arthur and Beth Allaway … her mother played tennis at Alabama and her father played football at Air Force Academy for two years … has two sisters, Katie and Betsy … Katie was a rower at Alabama and Betsy played softball at Princeton … biology major... born August 8, 1989.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Bianca Christine Arrington … daughter of Josie Rodriguez-Walhout … human environmental science major ... born October 17, 1989.

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: Junior - 2009-10 Won a gold medal as part of the Tide’s Varsity 4+ at the SIRA Championships ... won the First Varsity 4+ race against Oklahoma and Old Dominion … won the Third Varsity 8+ at the Clemson Regatta ... helped the Tide’s Varsity C boat to a win against Kansas State ... led the Tide’s Varsity 4+ to a bronze medal finish in the C final of the South/Central Sprints ... earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll … … earned the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athlete award ... earned President’s List (4.0 GPA) for the fall semester.

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: Sophomore - 2009-10 Earned a bronze medal in the Club 8+ race at the Head of the Charles Regatta ... helped the Tide’s Varsity A boat to a win against Kansas State ... rowed as part of the Tide’s First Varsity 8+ throughout the spring semester ... helped the Varsity 8+ to a fourth place finish at the South/Central C Final.

Sophomore - 2008-09 Won a Gold Medal in the Grand Finals of the SIRA Championships First Novice 8+ race ... finished sixth in the Petite Final of the Novice 8+ race at the South/ Central Sprint Championships ... earned wins as part of the Tide’s Novice 8+ in dual meets against Tennessee and Kansas State and the tri-meet against UNC and SMU ... helped the Crimson Tide’s “A” Novice 8+ boat to a Gold Medal at the Hobbs Island Regatta ... part of the Tide’s “B” Novice 4+ that earned a Bronze Medal at the Head of the Hooch Regatta ... inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honoraries.

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: Sophomore - 2009-10 Led the Second Novice 8+ to a silver medal at the SIRA Championships … won the Second Novice 8+ race against Oklahoma and Old Dominion … helped the Tide’s Novice B boat to a win against Kansas State.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Member of High Fly Cheerleading club ... Cheersport National Champions ... WCA Champions ... Jamfest p p National Champions.

Freshman - 2008-09

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS:

Won a Gold Medal in the Grand Finals of the SIRA Championships First Novice 8+ race ... finished sixth in the Petite Final of the Novice 8+ race at the South/Central Sprint Championships ... earned wins as part of the Tide’s Novice 8+ in dual meets against Tennessee and Kansas State and the tri-meet against UNC and SMU ... earned dual meet wins as part of the Tide’s Novice 4+ against Kansas State ... helped the Crimson Tide’s “A” Novice 8+ boat to a Gold Medal at the Hobbs Island Regatta ... part of the Tide’s “B” Novice 4+ that earned a Bronze Medal at the Head of the Hooch Regatta.

Freshman - 2009-10 Led the First Novice 8+ to a silver medal at the SIRA Championships … led the First Novice 8+ to a bronze medal finish in the Petite Finals of the South/Central Sprints ... part of the Tide’s second place First Novice 8+ at the Conference USA Championships … won the First Novice 8+ race against Central Florida and Miami … won the First Novice 8+ race against Oklahoma and Old Dominion … helped the Tide’s Novice A boat to a win against Kansas State ... earned Dean’s List (3.5 or better GPA) for the fall semester ... inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies ... named to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars ... earned the College of Hu31


man Environmental Science’s Freshman Academic Achievement Award.

ATHLETEPROFILES

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Coached by Justin Smith, Will Reed and Jim Preston at Tampa Preparatory School ... placed first scholastically in the women’s lightweight 4 at state championships in 2008 ... took first overall in the women’s lightweight 4 at the state championships in 2009 ... finished 12th in the women’s lightweight 4 at scholastic nationals in 2008 ... placed 10th in the women’s lightweight 4 at scholastic nationals in 2009.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Krystofer Laurel Balchon ... daughter of Edward and Patricia Balchon ... English major … born Feb. 3, 1991.

honor society ... once again honored with The Community Outreach Award, given annually to the UA student-athletes with the highest overall service hours.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS:

Freshman - 2008-09

PERSONAL INFORMATION:

Won a Gold Medal in the Grand Finals of the SIRA Championships First Novice 8+ race ... finished sixth in the Petite Final of the Novice 8+ race at the South/ Central Sprint Championships ... earned wins as part of the Tide’s Novice 8+ in dual meets against Tennessee and Kansas State and the tri-meet against UNC and SMU ... earned dual meet wins as part of the Tide’s Novice 4+ against Kansas State ... helped the Crimson Tide’s “A” Novice 8+ boat to a Gold Medal at the Hobbs Island Regatta ... part of the Novice 4+ that earned a Silver Medal at the Head of the Hooch Regatta ... named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... honored with The Community Outreach Award, given annually to the UA student-athletes with the highest overall service hours.

Full Name: Daniella Renee Barone ... daughter of Carmine and Cindy Barone ... human environmental science major ... born January 19, 1989.

Coached by Bryce Carlson and John Pearson at the Atlanta Junior Rowing Association ... earned the AJRA Coach’s Award in 2006.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Varsity rower at Gloucester High … team finished in the top three at states from 2004-2008 … competed at nationals three years and medaled all three years, earning two silvers and a bronze ... competed in basketball, track and cross country … member of the Latin Club, FCA and National Honor Society … two-year secretary of the Beta Club ... rowed for Mobjack Rowing Club of Matthews, Va.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Erika Linea Baranek … daughter of Stephen and Diane Baranek … grandfather played football for Cornell and the New York Giants … communication studies major ... born January 5, 1990.

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: Junior - 2009-10 Helped the Tide’s Varsity B boat to a win against Kansas State ... led the Tide’s Second Varsity 8+ to a gold medal finish in the D final of the South/Central Sprints ... competed as part of the Second Varsity 8+ throughout the spring season. ... earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll … earned President’s List (4.0 GPA) for the fall and spring semester.

Sophomore - 2008-09

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS:

Led the Tide’s Second Varsity 8+ to a fourth-place finish in the Grand Finals of the SIRA Championships ... earned a win as part of the Second Varsity 8+ boat in a tri-meet with UNC and SMU ... earned dual meet wins as part of the Tide’s Second Varsity 8+ against Kansas State ... led Alabama to a 10th- place finish in the Club 8+ race at the Head of the Charles Regatta.

Sophomore - 2009-10 Earned a bronze medal in the Club 8+ race at the Head of the Charles Regatta ... helped the Tide’s Varsity A boat to a win against Kansas State ... rowed as part of the Tide’s First Varsity 8+ throughout the spring semester ... helped the Varsity 8+ to a fourth place finish at the South/Central C Final ... earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll ... inducted into Sigma Alpha Lambda

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Freshman - 2007-08 Helped the Crimson Tide’s First Novice 8+ to a fourth-place finish at the SIRA Championships ... part of the Tide’s First Novice 8+ boat that finished fourth in the Grand Finals of the Dad Vail College Championships ... led Alabama’s First Novice 8+ to dual meet wins against UNC, Drake, SMU, Creighton and Murray State.

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: Sophomore - 2009-10 Led the First Novice 8+ to a silver medal at the SIRA Championships … led the First Novice 8+ to a bronze medal finish in the Petite Finals of the South/Central Sprints ... part of the Tide’s second place First Novice 8+ at the Conference USA Championships … won the First Novice 8+ race against Central Florida and Miami … won the First Novice 8+ race against Oklahoma and Old Dominion … helped the Tide’s Novice A boat to a win against Kansas State ... earned Dean’s List (3.5 or better GPA) for the fall and spring semesters.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: A three-sport athlete, competed in volleyball, basketball, and softball at Geneva High School ... led high g school basketball team to four Final Four trips p ... AHSAA 3A basketball state runner up 2008 ... All-


Wiregrass Athletic Conference in volleyball and softball ... earned the volleyball team’s defense award ... softball team captain ... Valedictorian ... Class president ... Bryant-Jordan Scholar Athlete ... Alabama state-winner for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award ... Wiregrass Top Female Scholar Athlete ... Geneva Medical Society Scholar Athlete ... top science award ... Robert C. Byrd Scholar.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Tabitha Paige Coleman ... daughter of Daniel and Janice Coleman ... sister, Kali ... biology major ... born January 31, 1990.

Sophomore - 2008-09

PERSONAL INFORMATION:

Won the C-Final of the SIRA Championships First Varsity 4+ race ... earned a Bronze Medal at the Head of the Tennessee as part of the Tide’s “C” Varsity 4+ boat ... earned the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association’s Scholar-Athlete award ... named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... inducted into Phi Eta Sigma honor society ... named to the International Honors Program.

Full name: Sarah Ann Eadon ... daughter of Charles and Patricia Eadon ... sister, Chelsea ... both of her parents rowed at Alabama-Huntsville … human environmental science major … born Dec. 23, 1990.

Freshman - 2007-08 Led Alabama’s Varsity 4+ to a fifth-place finish at the SIRA Championships ... posted a sixth-place finish in the semifinals at the Dad Vail College Championships as part of the Tide’s Varsity 4+ boat ... named a Commerce and Business Administration Scholar-Athlete.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Played field hockey, leading Queensbury High School to the state finals ... led Queensbury to the Regional Field Hockey Championships ... MVP and Most Coachable in field hockey ... competitive Alpine skier, earning a spot on the sectional team ... competed in lacrosse, serving as team captain ... graduated with better than a 4.0 grade point average and an Honors Diploma.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Chelsea Patricia Collins ... daughter of John and Michele Collins ... accounting major ... born January 18, 1989.

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: Junior - 2009-10 Won the Championship Pairs race at the Head of the Chattanooga Regatta ... led the Second Varsity 4+ to a win against Central Florida and Miami ... earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll … earned the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athlete award ... earned Dean’s List (3.5 or better GPA) for the fall and spring semesters ... inducted into Beta Alpha Psi and Alpha Kappa Psi honor societies ... University of Alabama Presidential Scholar and University of Alabama Faculty Scholar.

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: Freshman - 2009-10 Led the First Novice 8+ to a silver medal at the SIRA Championships … led the First Novice 8+ to a bronze medal finish in the Petite Finals of the South/Central Sprints ... part of the Tide’s second place First Novice 8+ at the Conference USA Championships … won the First Novice 8+ race against Central Florida and Miami … won the First Novice 8+ race against Oklahoma and Old Dominion … helped the Tide’s Novice A boat to a win against Kansas State ... earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll … earned Dean’s List (3.5 or better GPA) for the fall semester ... inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta honor society ... named to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars ... earned the College of Human Environmental Science’s Freshman Academic Achievement Award.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Rowed for Jason Coffman on the Mount Baker Crew Team from the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center ... winner of the girls high school 8+ race at the 2007 Windermere Cup ... rowed twice at U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships, placing as high as sixth ... competed at Club Nationals ... AP Scholar.

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: Junior - 2009-10 Won a gold medal as part of the Tide’s Varsity 4+ at the SIRA Championships ... led the Tide’s Varsity 4+ to a bronze medal finish in the C final of the South/ Central Sprints ... helped the Tide’s Varsity B boat to a win against Kansas State ... earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Sophomore - 2008-09 Led the Tide’s Second Varsity 8+ to a fourth-place finish in the Grand Finals of the SIRA Championships ... earned a win as part of the Second Varsity 8+ boat in a tri-meet with UNC and SMU ... earned dual meet wins as part of the Tide’s Second Varsity 8+ against Kansas State ... led Alabama to a 10th place finish in the Club 8+ race at the Head of the Charles Regatta.

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Freshman - 2007-08 Helped the Crimson Tide’s First Novice 8+ to a fourth-place finish at the SIRA Championships ... part of the Tide’s First Novice 8+ boat that finished fourth in the Grand Finals of the Dad Vail College Championships ... led Alabama’s First Novice 8+ to dual meet wins against UNC, Drake, SMU, Creighton and Murray State.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Coached by Steve Hitchcock and Tess Durant at River Bank Rowing ... posted top-10 and top-20 finishes at the U.S. Junior Championships.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Amelia Houghton ... daughter of Joseph and Adrienne Houghton ... psychology major with a minor in international studies ... born February 13, 1990.

Honor Roll … earned Dean’s List (3.5 or better GPA) for the spring semester ... inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta honor society.

meet ... led the lacrosse team to a conference championship ... member of the SADD club ... honor roll student … graduated high school a semester early.

Freshman - 2008-09

PERSONAL INFORMATION:

Won a Gold Medal in the Grand Finals of the SIRA Championships First Novice 8+ race ... finished sixth in the Petite Final of the Novice 8+ race at the South/ Central Sprint Championships ... earned wins as part of the Tide’s Novice 8+ in dual meets against Tennessee and Kansas State and the tri-meet against UNC and SMU ... earned dual meet win as part of the Tide’s Novice 4+ against Kansas State ... part of the Tide’s “A” Novice 8+ boat that won a Gold Medal at the Head of the Tennessee Regatta ... helped the Crimson Tide’s “A” Novice 8+ boat to a Gold Medal at the Hobbs Island Regatta ... part of the Tide’s “B” Novice 4+ that earned a Bronze Medal at the Head of the Hooch Regatta ... named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta honorary ... named to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Full name: Jennifer Mary Johnson ... daughter of Matt and Mary Ellen Johnson … brother, Andrew ... visual journalism major … born Nov. 30, 1990.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Competitive swimmer … member of the South Jersey Rowing Club … led SJRC to Cooper Cup Championship three consecutive years … two-time Long Island Champion … two third-place finishes at the regional championships … national qualifier … member of the National Honor Society Executive Board.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Kristin Iverson … daughter of Guy and Ginnie Iverson … father Guy was a member of the men’s crew team at the University of Wisconsin ... exercise sports science major ... born April 8, 1990.

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS HIGHLIGHTS: Freshman - 2009-10 Led the First Novice 8+ to a silver medal at the SIRA Championships … led the First Novice 8+ to a bronze medal finish in the Petite Finals of the South/Central Sprints ... part of the Tide’s second place First Novice 8+ at the Conference USA Championships … won the First Novice 8+ race against Central Florida and Miami … won the First Novice 8+ race against Oklahoma and Old Dominion … helped the Tide’s Novice A boat to a win against Kansas State ... earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll … earned Dean’s List (3.5 or better GPA) for the fall semester ... inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta honor society ... named to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: Sophomore - 2009-10 Earned a bronze medal in the Club 8+ race at the Head of the Charles Regatta ... helped the Tide’s Varsity A boat to a win against Kansas State ... rowed as part of the Tide’s First Varsity 8+ throughout the spring semester ... helped the Varsity 8+ to a fourth place finish at the South/Central C Final ... earned p / a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic

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A four-sport athlete, competed in indoor track and field, lacrosse, soccer and rowing ... rowed for Travis Gardner at the Essex Rowing Club ... .led Essex to a first-place finish at the Schukyill Navy Regatta and Lawrence Celebration Regatta ... placed second at the state championships and Derby Sweeps and Sculls Regatta ... member of the Merrimack Valley Conference Champion indoor track and field team ... placed first in the 1600m relay at the Reggie Lewis

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: Junior - 2009-10 Rowed at the Head of the Charles Regatta in the Championship 4+ race ... helped the Tide’s Varsity A boat to a win against Kansas State ... rowed as part of the Tide’s First Varsity 8+ throughout the spring semester ... helped the Varsity 8+ to a fourth place finish at the South/Central C Final ... earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll … … earned the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athlete award ... earned Dean’s List (3.5 or better GPA) for the spring semester ... earned President’s List (4.0 GPA) for the fall semester ... inducted into Golden Key honor society earned Scholastic Excellence in Marketing award.


COLLEGIATE HIGHLIGHTS:

Alabama’s Novice 4+ boat to wins in dual meets against UNC, Drake, SMU and Creighton.

Attended the University of Florida as a freshman and sophomore and rowed for the UF club team where she was coached by Raf Crowley ... named to the ARCA All-South Team ... ARCA second-team All-American ... Hammer Award ... earned Dean’s List Honors ... Pre-law Honor Society ... Rowing for Penn Athletics Club in the summer of 2009, finished third at the USA U-23 World Championship Trials in the 4- ... Won the 4- at club national championships and finished second in the 8 ... second at the Canadian Henley in the 4- and third in the 8.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Rowed for Jack Fish at Chattanooga Christian School and as part of the Chattanooga Junior Rowing squad ... led CJR to the Varsity 4+ Tennessee State Championship in 2006 ... won the Southeast Regional Novice 4+ in 2005 ... rowed at the Junior National Championships in 2006 and 2007, finishing 12th and 16th in the Varsity 4+.

PERSONAL INFORMATION:

PREP HIGHLIGHTS:

Full Name: Lauren Jennifer Miller ... daughter of Jim and Carolyn Miller ... health studies major with a minor in nutrition major ... born October 21, 1988.

MVP basketball player for King’s Academy ... Played in the State All-Star Game ... first-team All-Area ... Played AAU basketball for Riviera Beach Express, finishing second at the 2006 AAU National Championships ... Also competed in track, swimming and volleyball ... National Honor Society ... Four-year Dean’s List ... Florida Bright Futures Scholarship ... Key Club and FCA.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Alissa Ann Kranz … daughter of Mike and Sally Kranz … father was captain of the football team at Northwestern ... marketing major ... born August 24, 1988.

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS:

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS:

Freshman - 2009-10

Junior - 2009-10

Led the Second Novice 8+ to a silver medal at the SIRA Championships … won the Second Novice 8+ race against Oklahoma and Old Dominion … helped the Tide’s Novice B boat to a win against Kansas State.

Helped the Tide’s Varsity B boat to a win against Kansas State ... led the Tide’s Second Varsity 8+ to a gold medal finish in the D final of the South/Central Sprints ... competed as part of the Second Varsity 8+ throughout the spring season.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Member of the Althoff dance team ... led the dance to a state championship in 2007 ... National Merit Scholar ... Illinois State Scholar ... National Honor Society member ... co-captain and choreographer for the dance team.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Emily LeBeau ... daughter of David and Victoria LeBeau ... brothers, David and Armand ... sisters Leslie Hicks, Lauren Felmlee, Eleanor, Cleo, and Olivie ... brother David played soccer at Eastern Illinois … political science major ... born July 16, 1990.

Sophomore - 2008-09 Led the Tide’s Second Varsity 8+ to a fourth-place finish in the Grand Finals of the SIRA Championships ... earned a win as part of the Second Varsity 8+ boat in a tri-meet with UNC and SMU ... earned dual meet wins as part of the Tide’s Second Varsity 8+ against Kansas State ... earned a Silver Medal at the Head of the Tennessee as part of the Tide’s “B” Varsity 4+ boat ... took a Bronze Medal at the Head of the Tennessee Regatta as part of the Tide’s “A” Varsity 8+ ... part of the Tide’s “A” 8+ boat that earned a Bronze Medal at the Head of the Chattanooga.

Freshman - 2007-08 Led Alabama’s Novice 4+ to a fifth-place finish at the SIRA Championships ... posted a fifth-place finish in the semifinals at the Dad Vail College Championships as part of the Tide’s Novice 4+ boat ... led

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: Freshman - 2009-10 Led the First Novice 8+ to a silver medal at the SIRA Championships … led the First Novice 8+ to a bronze medal finish in the Petite Finals of the South/Central Sprints ... part of the Tide’s second place First Novice 8+ at the Conference USA Championships … won the First Novice 8+ race against Central Florida and Miami … won the First Novice 8+ race against Oklahoma and Old Dominion … helped the Tide’s Novice A boat to a win against Kansas State ... earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic

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Honor Roll … earned Dean’s List (3.5 or better GPA) for the fall and spring semesters ... inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta honor society ... named to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

ATHLETEPROFILES

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: A three-sport athlete, competed in swimming, soccer, and cross country ... swimming 5A state champions 2006 ... rowed for Kristin Talbot at the St. Andrew Rowing Club ... placed first at Head of the Hooch ... Southeast Regional Rowing Champions ... placed 22nd at Head of the Charles ... seventh place at Club Nationals … led Centennial High School to the 2006 Georgia State High School championship.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Jessica Therese Parker ... daughter of Robert and Deborah Parker ... sisters Sarah, 17, Jennifer, 15, and Stephanie, 11 ... mother Deborah swam for Manhattanville College and was a member of the 1989 Women’s National Rowing Team … pre-med major … born Sept. 17, 1990.

Sophomore - 2008-09

Freshman - 2008-09

Led the Tide’s First Varsity 8+ to a third-place finish in the Petite Finals of the SIRA Championships ... earned a win as part of the Varsity 8+ boat in a tri-meet with UNC and SMU ... led Alabama to a 10th place finish in the Club 8+ race at the Head of the Charles Regatta ... named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Won a Gold Medal in the Grand Finals of the SIRA Championships First Novice 8+ race ... finished sixth in the Petite Final of the Novice 8+ race at the South/Central Sprint Championships ... earned wins as part of the Tide’s Novice 8+ in dual meets against Tennessee and Kansas State and the tri-meet against UNC and SMU ... part of the Tide’s “A” Novice 8+ boat that won a Gold Medal at the Head of the Tennessee Regatta ... helped the Crimson Tide’s “A” Novice 8+ boat to a Gold Medal at the Hobbs Island Regatta ... part of the Tide’s “B” Novice 4+ that earned a Bronze Medal at the Head of the Hooch Regatta ... named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Freshman - 2007-08 Helped the Crimson Tide’s First Novice 8+ to a fourth-place finish at the SIRA Championships ... part of the Tide’s First Novice 8+ boat that finished fourth in the Grand Finals of the Dad Vail College Championships ... led Alabama’s First Novice 8+ to dual meet wins against UNC, Drake, SMU, Creighton and Murray State.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Varsity rower at Baylor School where her team won the state championship the 2006-2007 season and 2007-2008 season … earned the Most Improved Rower and Most Valuable Rower awards.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Played soccer for Tim Twellman at Villa Duchesne, serving as team captain in 2006 ... played for the St. Louis Soccer Club under coach Denny Hearns ... photographer for the school newspaper ... editor of the yearbook.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Katherine Paige Storey … daughter of Jim and Kelley Storey … business major ... born August 18, 1990.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Laura Elizabeth Skaggs ... daughter of Patrick and Joyce Finneran ... advertising major with a minor in art ... born March 14, 1989.

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: Junior - 2009-10 First Alabama rower to earn All-Conference USA honors ... helped the Tide’s Varsity A boat to a win against Kansas State ... rowed as part of the Tide’s First Varsity 8+ throughout the spring semester ... helped the Varsity 8+ to a fourth place finish at the South/Central C Final. 36

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS: Sophomore - 2009-10 Helped the Tide’s Varsity B boat to a win against Kansas State ... led the Tide’s Second Varsity 8+ to a gold medal finish in the D final of the South/Central Sprints ... competed as part of the Second Varsity 8+ throughout the spring season.


PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Rowed for Michael Vertullo at Winter Park High School … won gold at Stotesbury in Junior 8+ ... won gold in Varsity 8+ at the state championships ... played lacrosse and was a member of the dance team ... member of the National Honor Society ... competitive triathlete.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Lea Mariah Styer ... daughter of John Styer and Consuela Lively ... mother, Consuela, competed for Holland at the Triathlon World Championships … marketing major … born April 28, 1991.

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS:

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS:

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS:

Freshman - 2009-10

Sophomore - 2009-10

Sophomore - 2009-10

Led the First Novice 8+ to a silver medal at the SIRA Championships … led the First Novice 8+ to a bronze medal finish in the Petite Finals of the South/Central Sprints ... part of the Tide’s second place First Novice 8+ at the Conference USA Championships … won the First Novice 8+ race against Central Florida and Miami … won the First Novice 8+ race against Oklahoma and Old Dominion … helped the Tide’s Novice A boat to a win against Kansas State ... earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll … earned Dean’s List (3.5 or better GPA) for the fall and spring semesters

Helped the Tide’s Varsity C boat to a win against Kansas State ... led the Tide’s Second Varsity 8+ to a gold medal finish in the D final of the South/Central Sprints ... helped the Varsity C boat to a win at the Clemson Regatta ... competed as part of the Second Varsity 8+ throughout the spring season.

Carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average for her career ... Won the First Varsity 4+ race against Oklahoma and Old Dominion … won the Third Varsity 8+ at the Clemson Regatta ... helped the Tide’s Varsity C boat to a win against Kansas State ... helped the Varsity C boat to a win at the Clemson Regatta ... led the Tide’s Open 4+ to a gold medal finish in the D final of the South/Central Sprints ... earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll … earned the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athlete award ... earned President’s List (4.0 GPA) for the spring and fall semester ... ECE Sophomore Meritorious Award.

Freshman - 2008-09

COLLEGIATE HIGHLIGHTS: Competed for Georgia State’s club rowing team under Deron Boyles.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Competed in softball and basketball at Habersham Central High School in Mt. Airy, Ga. … was a member of the Honor Roll, Latin Club, Spanish Club, and FCCLA … rowed for Jim Pickens at the Lake Lanier Rowing Club in Gainesville, Ga. … set a personal best of 7:44 in the 2K.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Sydney Marylane Sutton … daughter of Clark and Jeanene Sutton … has three older siblings Justin, Lindsey, and Mellissa … pre-major studies ... born July 20, 1990.

Won a Gold Medal in the Grand Finals of the SIRA Championships First Novice 8+ race ... finished sixth in the Petite Final of the Novice 8+ race at the South/ Central Sprint Championships ... earned wins as part of the Tide’s Novice 8+ in dual meets against Tennessee and Kansas State and the tri-meet against UNC and SMU ... helped the Crimson Tide’s “A” Novice 8+ boat to a Gold Medal at the Hobbs Island Regatta ... earned the team’s Row Tide Pride award.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Played varsity softball at Mountain Brook … served as team captain her senior year … earned the Defense and Most Improved awards … Honor Roll student.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Leigh Ann Terch … daughter of Jeff and Susan Terch … nursing major ... born November 4, 1989.

Freshman - 2008-09 Won a Gold Medal in the Grand Finals of the SIRA Championships First Novice 8+ race ... finished sixth in the Petite Final of the Novice 8+ race at the South/ Central Sprint Championships ... earned wins as part of the Tide’s Novice 8+ in dual meets against Tennessee and Kansas State and the tri-meet against UNC and SMU ... helped the Crimson Tide’s “A” Novice 8+ boat to a Gold Medal at the Hobbs Island Regatta ... named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll ... earned the Outstanding General Chemistry Student award.

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PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Varsity soccer player at Priceville High School … served as team captain for four years … won Most Valuable Player and Most Improved awards … finished fourth in her class … member of the National Honor Society.

gold medal finish in the D final of the South/Central Sprints ... competed as part of the Second Varsity 8+ throughout the spring season. ... earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll … earned Dean’s List (3.5 or better GPA) for the fall semester ... earned President’s List (4.0 GPA) for the spring semester.

ATHLETEPROFILES

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Stephanie Jean Varner …daughter of Ken and Cindy Varner … her father attended the University of Alabama and mother played tennis at Mississippi State … electrical engineering major ... born August 12, 1990.

Sophomore - 2008-09 Led the Tide’s Second Varsity 8+ to a fourth-place finish in the Grand Finals of the SIRA Championships ... earned a win as part of the Second Varsity 8+ boat in a tri-meet with UNC and SMU ... earned dual meet wins as part of the Tide’s Second Varsity 8+ against Kansas State ... earned a Gold Medal at the Head of the Tennessee as part of the Tide’s “A” Varsity 4+ boat ... took a Bronze Medal at the Head of the Tennessee Regatta as part of the Tide’s “A” Varsity 8+ ... part of the Tide’s “A” 8+ boat that earned a Bronze Medal at the Head of the Chattanooga.

Freshman - 2007-08 Member of the Murray State rowing team ... competed at the Dad Vail College Championships and the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Championships.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: An All-District volleyball player at Kennett High School ... named All-Conference in basketball and softball ... vice president of the National Honor Society ... secretary of the Key Club.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Leigh Erin Waddell ... daughter of Keith and Joanne Waddell ... elementary education major ... born May 23, 1989.

COLLEGIATE HIGHLIGHTS: Junior - 2009-10 Helped the Tide’s Varsity B boat to a win against Kansas State ... led the Tide’s Second Varsity 8+ to a

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS:

ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS:

Sophomore - 2009-10

Freshman - 2009-10

Competed mainly during the Crimson Tide’s fall season, providing quality depth and support into the spring season.

Led the First Novice 8+ to a silver medal at the SIRA Championships … led the First Novice 8+ to a bronze medal finish in the Petite Finals of the South/Central Sprints ... part of the Tide’s second place First Novice 8+ at the Conference USA Championships … won the First Novice 8+ race against Central Florida and Miami … won the First Novice 8+ race against Oklahoma and Old Dominion … helped the Tide’s Novice A boat to a win against Kansas State.

Freshman - 2008-09 Earned dual meet wins as part of the Tide’s Second Varsity 4+ against Tennessee ... part of the Tide’s “A” Novice 8+ boat that won a Gold Medal at the Head of the Tennessee Regatta ... helped the Crimson Tide’s “A” Novice 8+ boat to a Gold Medal at the Hobbs Island Regatta.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Varsity swimmer at Grissom High … rowed for the Rocket City Rowing Club of Huntsville ... competed at the U.S. Junior National Rowing Championships as a senior.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Audrey Lynn White … daughter of Kenneth and Reba White … accounting major ... born May 17, 1990.

PREP HIGHLIGHTS: Competed in varsity soccer and cross country … made the varsity soccer team as a freshman and played all four years … soccer team captain as a senior … defensive MVP for the soccer team as a junior and senior … played club soccer at Birmingham United for coach Mark Wallace … named to the Lakeshore Shootout All-Tournament Team as a junior … member of the National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, National Latin Honors Society … honor roll student … valedictorian.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Kendall Marie Williamson ... daughter of Vance and Genevieve Williamson … her father played football at Troy State University … brothers, Chris and Tyler … chemistry major … Born September 26, 1990.

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PREP HIGHLIGHTS:

PREP HIGHLIGHTS:

PREP HIGHLIGHTS:

PREP HIGHLIGHTS:

Rowed for Silke Susanin and Bruce LaLonde at the University Barge Club in Philadelphia, Pa. ... 2009 team captain at Springside School ... helped the UBC earn a silver medal at the Phila Youth Regatta and a gold medal at the Bill Braxton Memorial Regatta in 2009 ... led the JV 4x to gold medals at the SRAA Nationals, the Phila City Championships and silver medal at Stotesbury Cup Regatta ... led the JV 4x to a gold medal at New Jersey Scholastic Championship and silver medal at Stotesbury Cup Regatta in 2008 ... a three-sport athlete, also playing field hockey and volleyball ... helped the volleyball to a third place finish in the Inter-AC Championship Tournament ... invited to attend the 2009 United States Rowing National Team High Performance Sculling Camp in Arizona.

Rowed for Justin Burgess at Gainesville Area Rowing throughout high school ... finished second in the Lightweight 8+ at the region championships as a sophomore ... served as GAR co-captain in 2009-10 ... member of the drama club, Key Club and Appalachian Service Project at Buchholz High School.

Rowed for Amy Condrey and Tony Gerea at Batavia High School in Batavia, Ohio … took third in women’s varsity single as a sophomore … took third in Varsity Double and fourth in Varsity 8+ as a junior in 2009 … finished third in Varsity 4x and the Varsity 8+ as a senior … rowed for Clermont Crew … member of the student council, Energy Leaders, and prom committee … member of Batavia honor roll … perfect attendance throughout high school.

Rowed for Larry Gowen at Capital City Rowing ... took the gold medal in the Varsity Women’s Pairs at the 2009 Southeastern U.S. Rowing High School Championships ... took 13th in the women’s pairs at the 2009 U.S. Rowing High School National Championships ... won the 2010 Southern Sprints Lightweight division.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Kara Nadien Averell ... daughter of Deanna Baker and Harry Averell ... brother, Patrick ... sister, Leann ... English major ... born June 3, 1992.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Bethany Irene Bell … daughter of Joe and Heather Bell … psychology major ... born July 25, 1992.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Brianne Louise Hadar ... daughter of Deborah and Brian Hadar ... brother, Jake, rows for the University of Wisconsin ... telecommunication and film major ... born December 31, 1991.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Jennifer Ann Arcidiacono ... daughter of Donna and John Arcidiacono ... sister, Danielle Sperber ... cousins Nicole Arcidiacono and Mark Arcidiacono are both student-athletes at Penn State, playing basketball and football respectively ... uncles Joe Arcidiacono and Mark Arcidiacono played NCAA respecDivision I football at Villanova and Temple respec tively ... telecommunications and film major ... born September 10, 1991. 39


ATHLETEPROFILES PREP HIGHLIGHTS:

PREP HIGHLIGHTS:

PREP HIGHLIGHTS:

PREP HIGHLIGHTS:

Founded a developmental rowing team in fall 2007 at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pa. … also competed in varsity golf all four years … captained the golf team to state championships in 2008 and 2009 … participated in club rowing at Steel City Rowing Club in Verona, Pa.

Rowed for William Foster at Gloucester High School … led Gloucester to a third place finish at the state competition in 2008 in Women’s 4+ … rowed for Timothy Ulsacker at Mobjack Rowing Association ... helped MRA take second in the 18-19 year-old event at Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints … also played club field hockey and softball ... played in the marching band, wind ensemble and participated in the forensic team as well ... three-year member of the Virginia Honor Band.

Rowed for Eric Weir at the Deepwater Rowing Association ... took fourth in the women’s pairs at the 2009 Southwest Regional Championships ... took fifth in the women’s pairs at the 2010 Southwest Regional Championships ... earned Lodi High School Principal’s Breakthrough award.

Rowed for Travis Gardner at the Essex Rowing Club ... took the Novice 8+ boat to the North-East MidAtlantic District Championship in 2009 ... led the Varsity 4+ to a third place North-East District Championship finish ... competed in the Junior National Championships as part of the Varsity 4+ ... played basketball for Georgetown High School, earning MVP honors in 2010 ... member of the Key Club and National Honor Society ... honor roll student.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Lauren McPherson Laufe … daughter of Marc and Susan Laufe ... brother, Jonathan ... economics major ... born October 21, 1991.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Lynsey Nicole Marshall … daughter of Joseph and Anita Marshall … brother, Matthew ... premajor studies ... born September 28, 1992.

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PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full Name: Hannah Rose Merrill … daughter of Lauri and Monty Merrill … sister, Lyndsey ... brother, Jeff, was a member of the University of Michigan’s track and field team ... collaborative special education major ... born November 7, 1992.

PERSONAL INFORMATION: Full name: Kelli Lee O’Brien ... daughter of John and Lee O’Brien ... brother, Eric ... sister, Courtney ... premajor studies ... born June 8, 1992.


2010-11 NOVICE ROSTER ATHLETE

HT

YR

HOMETOWN

HIGH SCHOOL

Alexandra Adams

5-6

Fr.

Atlanta, Ga.

Woodward Academy

Erin Armstrong

5-5

Fr.

Islandia, N.Y.

St. John the Baptist

Mackenzie Bethune

5-6

Fr.

Abbeville, Ala.

Abbeville Christian Academy

Elizabeth Box

5-6

Fr.

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Hillcrest

Bernadette Bucher

5-0

Fr.

Berwyn, Pa.

Conestoga

Amy Burch

5-5

So.

Alabaster, Ala.

Thompson

Jamie Camp

5-8

Fr.

Vestavia, Ala.

Vestavia Hills

Emily Carnes

5-3

Fr.

Guntersville, Ala.

Guntersville

Candace Garcia

5-3

So.

Palatka, Fla.

Palatka

Hannah Gordon

5-9

Fr.

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Myrtle Beach

Alexandra Grimanis

5-1

Jr.

Huntsville, Ala.

Grissom

Mary Hauswirth

5-5

So.

Utica Mich.

Utica

Christian Hosmer

5-8

Fr.

Daphne, Ala.

Daphne

Christine Hosmer

5-9

Fr.

Daphne, Ala.

Daphne

5-6

Fr.

Tryone, Ga.

Sandy Creek

PREP HIGHLIGHTS:

PREP HIGHLIGHTS:

Rowed for Tim Ulsaker and Mobjack Rowing Association and Mathews High School ... earned a bronze medal at the state championships three times ... took the bronze at the Stotesbury Cup and was a finalist at the Henley Cup ... earned a bronze medal at the 2007 National Championships ... earned the National Scholar-Athlete Award as well as the President’s Excellence Award ... member of the homecoming court ... varsity cheerleader ... member of the junior varsity volleyball team ... SCA president ... Girls State vice president ... vice president of the National Honor Society ... member of the Beta and Key Club.

Rowed for Jaime Velez at Los Gatos Rowing Club ... finished fourth in the Varsity 8+ at the 2010 U.S. Rowing Junior National Championships ... took third in the Varsity 8+ at the 2010 Southwest Regional Championships ... named the Stanford Junior Rowing Center’s Most Valuable Oarswoman in 2009 ... honor roll student.

Jessica Jackson

PERSONAL INFORMATION:

Elizabeth Newton

5-6

Jr.

Dothan, Ala.

Houston Academy

Full name: Daniela Susnara ... daughter of Mary and Ken Susnara ... psychology major ... September 24, 1992.

Casie Richardson

5-9

Fr.

Alabaster, Ala.

Thompson

Anna Marie Rose

5-3

Fr.

Snellville, Ga.

Brookwood

PERSONAL INFORMATION:

Blair Scott

5-4

Fr.

Chelsea, Ala.

Chelsea

Full name: Roisin Marie O’Carroll ... daughter of Lisa and Pat O’Carroll ... fashion design major ... born May 3, 1992.

Hannah Stephens

5-3

Fr.

Sequim, Wash.

Sequim

Renee Strong

5-3

Fr.

Brainard, Minn.

Methodist Ladies College

Mykalah Sundquist

5-7

So.

Anchorage, Alaska

South Anchorage

Canella Tinker

5-7

So.

Haleyville, Ala.

Haleyville

Sara Walker

5-7

Fr.

Cullman, Ala.

Fairview

Kayla Wilson

5-11

Fr.

Glen Dale, W.V.

John Marshall

Jamie Key

5-7

Jr.

Columbia, Ala.

Shelby County

Ann Krueger

5-11

Fr.

Dade City, Fla.

Pasco

Ellen Kuykendall

6-0

So.

Marietta, Ga.

Pope

Jenna LaPeer

5-9

Fr.

Shelby Township, Mich. Eisenhower

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Tennessee UCF Texas Oklahoma Tulsa Alabama Kansas SMU Kansas State

52 points 44 points 42 points 39 points 26 points 25 points 21 points 14 points 7 points

Even in its first year, Alabama rowing enjoyed all the amenities of the 20 other Crimson Tide athletic programs - top notch staff and equipment and access to UA’s state-of-the-art Academic center, training room and weight room, along with many other aspects of the student-athlete experience that makes competing for the Tide such an extraordinary experience. The one thing that Alabama Rowing didn’t have that the other Tide teams did have, was a chance to compete for a conference championship. In the Southeastern Conference, where the rest of the Tide’s team compete, there is only one other team, Tennessee, that sponsors rowing on an NCAA Division I level. And while the Tide and Lady Vols do have a growing rivalry, it’s not the same as competing in a fully developed conference. That changed last season, when Alabama, in just its fourth year as an NCAA Division I program, joined a rowing “super conference” and competed in its first conference championship.

"This is a great step for our program," head coach Larry Davis said. "Everybody on the team is excited about the idea, and certainly the coaching staff is excited about the idea." Alabama and Tennessee along with Big 12 schools Texas, Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma joined, as affiliate programs, with member schools SMU, Tulsa and Central Florida to compete under the Conference USA banner. "I think it's a good strong group," Davis said. "You've got some teams who have been in the NCAA before: Tennessee, Central Florida and Texas have gotten there before. As far as teams that are in the mix right now for NCAA slots, Tennessee is a strong contender and some of the other schools are close, Texas and Central Florida for example." The Tide and the eight other teams competed for the first Conference USA title May 15-16, 2010 on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn. where the Tide finished sixth and saw Laura Skaggs earn AllConference USA honors.


While last year's championship was held in concert with the South/Central Sprints, in 2011 C-USA will host its championship as a separate event. One reason for the move is that the NCAA Rowing Championship field, which is currently filled by at-large bids, will begin to extend automatic bids to select conferences in 2013. Joining C-USA gives not only a shot at an automatic NCAA bid, but a strong base of competition year-in and yearout. Of the nine Conference USA rowing programs seven are over 10 years old, though none have clocked over 20 years. Only Alabama and Oklahoma have yet to see their fifth season. All nine are considered strong programs on the upswing. "Any one of these teams in a given year can be tough," Davis said. "Last year for example, Tennessee was a little bit ahead of some of the others, but between Texas, Central Florida, Oklahoma, Tulsa and our team there was certainly a fight all the way down the river. river." The importance of conference affiliation goes beyond a shot at an NCAA Championship automatic bid. For the Tide,

conference competition gives focus to the program’s drive and fosters a greater competitive spirit as well as building rivalries. “It gives us an ability to focus,” Davis said. “We have something to shoot for. Before, we didn’t really have a true championship at the end of the season. With some other things that will be changing with NCAA Rowing, there are going to be some other opportunities in two years to where if you win your conference championship, you will get an automatic qualification in the NCAA big process. With teams like Tennessee, who won the C-USA title this year, and received an NCAA Championship bid, we have a very good conference.” Alabama is keeping its eye on the prize of not only having a chance to advance to the NCAA Championships, but also bring home conference gold and a trophy for the boathouse. It is a really big step to have the ability to win the concon “It ference and have an opportunity to get a bid to the NCAA Championships,” Davis said. “At the end of the day, being

a part of this conference has a tremendous upside for the Crimson Tide.”

ALL-CONFERENCE USA Laura Skaggs, a member of Alabama’s First Varsity 8+ became the f rst Crimson Tide rower to earn all-conference honors.

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The Black Warrior River was the scene for the historic inception of Tide Rowing in October, 2005. As Athletics Director Mal Moore stood on the river’s bank, he announced the addition of rowing to the varsity lineup, a sport that spent almost two decades of growth in the Tuscaloosa area. Moore, accompanied by University President Robert E. Witt, made it official: rowing was going to the next level. With the scenic river behind them, rowing had just become the 21st varsity sport at the University of Alabama.

THE START The Launch Party: Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, Athletics Director Mal Moore, UA President Dr. Robert E. Witt and Associate Athletics Director Marie Robbins were all on hand for the announcement that Alabama would add rowing as a varsity sport on the banks of the Black Warrior River in the fall of 2005.

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For over 20-plus years the sport of rowing had been growing in the Tuscaloosa community and with rowing’s popularity growing on the national scene, it almost seemed like a varsity team had not come soon enough. At the Capstone, club rowing began in 1987, mainly as a social club with the intentions of going out and having fun, seeing little to no competition from other schools. At the beginning, rowing at Alabama was no different than racquet-

ball or rugby – among team members there was no rowing experience or real desire to succeed on the water. Then came a change when, in 1997, a few athletes with rowing experience joined the club squad, bringing with them a desire for change. The team adopted a more competitive attitude, spending more time practicing. Also during this transition the team began fund-raising more than ever. In 1998, Larry Davis and wife, Vicki, moved to Tuscaloosa so she could take on a new job, leaving the former rowing coach looking for local work. That’s when news of the University’s co-ed club rowing program in need of a coach came to light. Coaching rowing at a major university seemed like a comfortable fit for the former University of Virginia rower. In January 1998, Davis was introduced as the team’s volunteer coach. “Like any club that has never been organized or supervised, there was a learning curve, Many of curve,” Davis said. “Many them had never been in a competitive sport before.”


In the meantime, Marie Robbins and others in the athletics department at Alabama were having discussions about adding a 21st varsity sport. There were a number of candidates to fill the slot, but Robbins, the senior women’s administrator, could not get past the stories she was hearing about a successful club that was making the best of their limited resources a little way up the Black Warrior River. “We started to delve into the issue about 2003,” Robbins said. “We began to talk about the opportunity to add an additional sport for women and provide additional participants the opportunity to compete.”

THE COACH At the time of the varsity promotion, Davis was working as Director of Wellness and Aquatics at the Tuscaloosa YMCA, adding more to work to his already busy schedule with the duties he had taken over as the club rowing coach. During his time with the club, Davis turned rowing into a grass roots success on campus and had built up a team that was bringing home numerous medals, as well as back-toback points trophies at the Augusta Invitational in Augusta, Ga., with nothing more than a collective group of college

students who had only recently become interested in the sport. With a program and sport already in mind, it seemed natural to Robbins and those at the University to bring up the program’s coach as well. “We looked at a lot of coaches internally and externally and ultimately at the end of the day we decided that coach Davis, in terms of local knowledge and familiarity of the club program and local operation of the river also had a wealth of collegiate experience under his belt,” Robbins said. “For coach [Mal] Moore, Larry’s loyalty to the university was helpful in that for 10 years he worked in addition to his paid job to volunteer and coach these young ladies who had come out for the club team.” Davis’ resume included head coaching jobs at Marist College and the University of Alabama-Huntsville as well as an assistant coaching spot on the 1983 U.S. Men’s National Rowing Team. As of February 2006, Davis would be able to add one more school to that already impressive list. For a school with little experience in rowing, Robbins said, a seasoned coach like Larry Davis was the obvious answer.

“I think with Coach Davis it’s local knowledge,” she said. “Having been here for 10 years helps those of us with less knowledge about the sport.”

YEAR ONE The transition from club to NCAA Division I proved challenging. The team was forced to move on without former club athletes who could not adjust to the commitment necessary to varsity-level rowing. Davis set up a challenging first-year schedule to help with the transition. The schedule included competitions against notable Division-I crews such as Notre Dame, Cincinnati and two schools that had previously beaten Alabama, Murray State and Creighton. “There was no fluff in the schedule,” Davis said, “but there were some teams I thought we could beat.” And to the surprise of many in collegiate rowing, they did. The Tide defeated past foes Murray State and Creighton, in addition to coming from behind to beat the Bearcats of Cincinnati. They medaled in all four events at the Head of the South Regatta, winning two of them. Alabama beat schools like North Carolina and Duke while giving Notre Dame a bit of a scare, holding close to them in a couple of events.

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Success came quickly to the first-year program despite unfamiliarity with the sport by the both the athletes and the athletic department’s support staff. Rowing was a sport that Robbins and her colleagues had to learn the nuances of, things such as the equipment and facilities necessary and how many staff members to hire. There were other challenges as well. “The biggest challenge is attitude,” Davis said. “When you’re dealing with walk-ons, I think a lot of people don’t understand the sport and how much hard work is involved. When you take somebody who’s used to a club mentality, the varsity level is much more intense. It takes athletes who are driven, dedicated and committed. It takes a lot of hard work, focus, discipline and sacrifice. “What I’m asking the students to do is move a boat over a mile and a quarter distance as fast as they can, which means they’re running flat out for somewhere near eight minutes. It’s enjoyable in one way, but it’s very painful. It’s not something your average person is going to want to do.”

In the classroom, seven rowers earned Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete Award while nine earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

YEAR TWO After a successful first season in the spring, the Tide followed up with an extremely successful fall. The season opened up with a pair of top-three finishes and a silver medal finish all at the Head of the Charles Regatta, followed up by a gold medal at the Hobbs Island Regatta in Huntsville. The team continued to excel in the spring, winning race after race during the dual-meet season, including a programfirst sweep against UNC on their home water at Chapel Hill. Alabama would use strong dual meets to propel them into the postseason, earning a silver medal at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Championships. The Tide also finished second overall at the SIRA Championships, a major accomplishment for such a young program. At the Dad Vail College Championships, Alabama continued to take big strides,

making it to the Grand Final of the Novice 8+ race, taking fourth overall. Individually, Bryn Crawford became the first UA rower to earn a place on the Collegiate Coaches Rowing Association’s All-South Region Team. In the classroom, nine rowers earned Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete Award while 16 earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

YEAR THREE The Tide kept stride and continued its winning ways, carrying over into its third season, a season emblazoned in bronze, silver and gold. Success came early as the women earned a pair of bronze medals and seven top-10 finishes at the Chattanooga Head Race to open the season. In their second race of the season, the squad split up with the varsity girls heading to Cambridge Mass., for the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta and the novice girls heading to Huntsville, Ala., for the Hobbs Island Regatta. Both teams experienced great success with the varsity girls placing 10th,


beating 35 other teams at one of the most competitive races, while the novice girls brought home first and second place in the Novice 8+ race. The Tide earned five top-three finishes a pair of gold medals at the Head of the Tennessee Regatta. Closing out the fall season, the novice squad performed exceptionally well bringing home three medals, a bronze, silver and gold at the Head of the Hooch Regatta. As the spring season got under way, Alabama made major strides, achieving success in meets against the likes of Clemson, Kansas State, Tennessee, North Carolina and Southern Methodist. The success against these established crews propelled the team to the postseason, earning two Grand Final berths at the SIRA Championship Regatta. As they continued through the postseason the team would see two crews head to the semifinals and one boat head to the petite finals at the Dad Vail Regatta. The girls advanced four crews to the finals of the South/Central Sprint Championships to cap off a very successful season. “This season was a transition where most of the club athletes were gone and we didn’t have as many seniors,” said Coach Davis. “I think that we increased our boat speed but we also toughened up our schedule. It was probably a little frustrating for the girls because we were going faster but we weren’t seeing some of the wins that we saw the year before because we were now rowing a lot of the top-20 teams in the United States.” Academically, nine rowers earned the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete Award and 24 UA rowers earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

YEAR FOUR

MOVING FORWARD

Alabama went into the season with its first group of fourth-year seniors, giving it the most experience at the highest level that it has enjoyed since the program’s start. That experience paid dividends right away with a bronze medal in the Club 8+ competition at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta early in the fall season. Alabama also closed out the fall season with a gold-medal sweep of the Secret City Regatta races. Alabama also started the spring season off with a sweep, taking first place in all its races in a dual meet against Kansas State in Tuscaloosa. In another first, the Tide took gold in the Varsity 4+ at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. Overall the Tide medaled in three of five races it entered at the 2010 SIRA Championships and took third place overall. At the South/Central Sprint Championships, Alabama earned a place in the finals of all its races. The South/Central Sprints also served as the first Conference USA Rowing Championships, marking the first time that UA has participated in conference event. The Tide finished sixth in C-USA while junior Laura Skaggs earned All-Conference USA honors. On the academic side of the ledger, Alabama was one of just two teams to have three rowers earn a place on the Conference USA All-Academic Team when seniors Stacey Ogle, Bailey Sanders and Katie Spohr all came away with the honor. Other classroom accolades included 11 rowers, the most of any team in the nation, earning Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete Award. A program-best 27 UA rowers earned a place on the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll.

As the team continues to make a name for itself, recruiting will continue to play a large factor in achieving success. The coaches know that success does not always come quickly, but with time and patience all the hard work can pay off. It is a process of sorts that has helped such a young program blossom into a legitimate contender. “What we tell recruits is that they can have a bigger impact here,” Davis said. “But they have to have the patience and insight to make things happen, and they have to want to be a leader. They’re going to have to have a ‘team first’ attitude, one that will help us continue to build a championship tradition.” For those that join the Tide, the challenge is to never rest, to never slow down, to keep the success rolling along to ever higher levels. “As a team we are learning how to work at this level,” Davis said. “We are learning how to not only train extremely hard, but to also do that over a sustained period of time. The challenge is to get this team to a point where it is ready to compete at the highest level. Each new group has to realize that we can’t be satisfied with where we’ve been and still get to where we want to go.” For the Tide, success is not measured by each individual race or every finish line crossed. Success comes from a consistency and dedication that begins in the weight rooms and on the water at practice and is carried over to race day. Consistency is continually winning medals when no one expects you to. Consistency is Alabama Rowing.

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ALABAMAROWING It’s hard to believe it was four years ago that Katherine Spohr ambled down the sidewalks of the University of Alabama’s main artery, browsing the various booths that had set up along the walkways of the campus’ Quad for its annual “Get on Board Day.” Brushing shoulders with hundreds of fellow students, Spohr passed by dozens of booths recruiting new members – karate, College Republicans, yearbook – but didn’t give many a second look until she saw a stack of fliers on a table for the University’s rowing team. Spohr, who had no experience with rowing, casually took the top flier and kept walking. Its message was simple, yet clear: “Be a varsity athlete.” Soon, she would attend an informational meeting for the team with a friend. Before long, the Edwardsville, Ill., native, who had never rowed in her life, would be 48

competing in NCAA Division I athletics as a member of the University of Alabama’s newest varsity sport. The opportunity presented to Spohr is a unique one in the world of college athletics. It is the opportunity to not only take up a sport while in college, but compete in that sport as NCAA Division I level. “In general, every collegiate rowing team in the United States relies on walk-ons more so than any other sport because most collegiate rowers didn’t know about the sport when they were in high school,” Alabama head coach Larry Davis said. In its first four seasons of varsity competition, the team raced out to a number of highly successful finishes, earning victories over crews from schools such as SMU, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, North Carolina and Indiana with a group of girls whose interest in the

sport the year before had been no more than participation on the club team or a brisk walk across the Quad. “The number of walk-on student-athletes in our program is going to change as our team develops,” Davis said. “Each year we may rely a little less on walk-ons and it may become a little tougher for someone who’s never rowed before college to get a shot somewhere in their four years to be at the first boat level. “The goal is to increase the quality level of our walk-ons. The idea is to convince nonrowing former high school athletes to take a chance on the sport and, because they have a good background as an athlete they can make it as a rower.” After the informational meeting, Spohr began racing for the University of Alabama on the novice team. She spent the next three

years as a member of the varsity and last season she was part of the Crimson Tide’s very first four-year senior class. As much as she loved racing, it was in practice, she said, where she saw her teammates struggle and fall only to get back up again each time, that she found the real value of competition. “It’s kind of a ‘how did I get here?’ thing,” she said. “They didn’t really find us; it was that moment that kind of happened that you can’t even think about how it happened.” On paper, highlights for Spohr included being a part of the Tide’s first true senior class as well as being one of three UA rowers to earn a place on the Conference USA AllAcademic Team. But for Spohr, the truly great moments weren’t those that came in the spotlight. “I know it sounds cheesy,” she said, “but each day was a highlight.”


Rowing Terminology Blade: The end of the oar which pulls the boat through the water. Bow: The forward end of the boat that crosses the finish line first; the rower in the seat nearest the forward end of a shell, who typically has a quick catch, stable technique and a shorter arc. Bucket Rigging: Two riggers on the same side next to each other instead of alternated. Coxswain (cox): Person who steers the shell from a seat located in the stern or a lying position in the bow. Ergs: Short for ergometer; individualized rowing simulators that help strength and conditioning. Lightweight: A crew on which each athlete weighs under a specific amount (130 pounds for women). Novice: A rower in the first year of collegiate competition. Regatta: The name of rowing events in which several crews compete.

Repechage: A second chance race for those crews which did not automatically advance to the finals of an event. Rigger: The part which attaches an oar to the shell. Run: The distance the shell moves during one stroke. Sculling: Type of rowing where each rower uses two oars. Shell: Boat used in the rowing races. It seats nine people for an Eight and five people for a Four, and ranges in length from 45 feet for a Four to 58 feet for an Eight. Sprints: Used in collegiate competition, this type of race features a course which is 2000 meters long, usually with four to six unmarked or buoyed lanes and a floating or staked start. Stern: The back of the boat; the end the rowers face during competitions.

Stroke: A complete cycle of moving the shell through the water; the rower who sits closest to the stern, looks directly at the coxswain in a stern-coxed boat and sets the rhythm for the shell.

Sweeping: Type of rowing where each rower uses one oar. Varsity: The collegiate rower who competes beyond the novice level.

8+ and 4+: Eights (8+) and fours (4+) are the most common collegiate competitions and the two events held at the NCAA Championships. The plus indicates a coxswain on board.

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Chattanooga Head Race Sat., Oct. 14, 2006 Chattanooga, Tenn. Collegiate 8+ 3rd A 17:57.2 5th B 18:58.1 Collegiate 4+ 3rd A 19:49.1

Head of the Charles Oct. 21-22, 2006 Cambridge, Mass. Collegiate 8+ 27th A 18:17.40 Club 8+ 39th B 21:20.10

7:36 7:54 7:43 8:00

Notre Dame Dual Meet Sun., March 18, 2007 Oak Ridge, Tenn. Varsity 8+ 2nd A 6:56.5 Second Varsity 8+ 3rd A 7:20.9 Novice 8+ 2nd A 7:15.5 Second Novice 8+ 1st A 7:03.4

Second Varsity 4+ 2nd A 7:43.21 First Novice 4+ 1st A 7:31.80 Second Novice 4+ 1st A 7:49.40

Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships April 21 -22, 2007 Oak Ridge, Tenn. First Varsity 8+ 2nd A 7:03.9 Second Varsity 8+ 7th A 7:20.2 First Novice 8 + 6th A 7:21.3

Miami Dual Meet

Head of the Hooch

SMU Dual Meet

Sat., Nov. 4, 2006 Chattanooga, Tenn. Lightweight 4+ 4th A 19:05.9 Lightweight 8+ 4th A 17:42.6 Novice 8+ 11th B 18:40.1 13th A 19:03.5 14th C 19:14.1 Championship 8+ 18th A 16:37.9 Championships 4+ 26th A 19:23.9

Sat., March 31 Dallas, Texas First Novice 8+ 1st A 7:21.31 2nd B 7:38.40 Varsity 4+ 1st A 8:05.04 Varsity 8+ 2nd A 7:08.02 Second Varsity 8+ 2nd A 7:19.42

Sat., April 28, 2007 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Varsity 8+ 2nd A 6:56.10 Second Varsity/Novice 8+ 2nd SV A 7:01.5 3rd NA 7:03.9 4th NB 7:16.4 Varsity 4+ 1st A 7:16.9 2nd B 7:22.5

Murray State Dual Meet

Dad Vail College Championships

Sat., Nov. 11, 2006 Augusta, Ga. Championship 8+ 1st A 20:47.7 Championship 4+ 1st A 22:31.7 Lightweight 4+ 2nd A 24:34.9 Novice 8+ 3rd A 22:50.0 4th B 22:50.2

Sat., April 7, 2007 Tuscaloosa, Ala. First Varsity 8+ 1st A 7:28.5 First Novice 8+ 1st A 7:45.4 2nd B 7:57.1 Varsity 4+ 1st A 8:24.5 Novice 4+ 1st A 9:13.1 Second Varsity 8+ 1st A 7:51.0

Bucknell Dual Meet

Creighton Dual Meet

Sat., March 10, 2007 Elberton, Ga. Varsity 8+ 2nd A 7:03.01 Second Varsity 8+ 2nd A 7:30.01

Sat., April, 14, 2007 Omaha, Neb. Varsity 8+ 1st A 6:20.5 Second Varsity 8+ 1st A 6:45.23 Novice 8+ 1st A 6:43.28 3rd B 6:45.55 First Varsity 4+ 1st A 7:14.0

Head of the South

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Novice 8+ (first race) 1st A 2nd B (second race) 1st A 2nd B

May 11-12, 2007 Philadelphia, Pa. Varsity 8+ Prelims -Heats 2nd A 7:01.98 Semifinals-Heats 5th A 6:47.01 Junior Varsity 8+ Prelims-Heats 2nd A 7:11.58 Semifinals-Heats 4th A 6:56.76 Novice 8+ Prelims-Heats 1st A 7:11.85 Semifinals-Heats 3rd A 7:00.50 Novice 4+ Prelims -Heats 2nd A 8:16.20 Semifinals -Heats 4th A 7:56.55

2007-08 SEASON Chattanooga Head Race Sat., Oct. 13, 2007 Chattanooga, Tenn. Collegiate 8+ 2nd A 17:15.5 5th B 18:15.8 6th C 18:30.0 Collegiate 4+ 3rd A 19:25.9 4th B 19:35.3 7th C 20:01.6

Head of the Charles Oct. 20-21, 2007 Cambridge, Mass. Women’s 8+ 2nd A 17:20.52

Hobbs Island Regatta Sat., Oct. 27, 2007 Huntsville, Ala. Championship 4+ 1st A 22:01 Varsity 8+ 2nd B 19:17 Novice 8+ 1st A 22:21 3rd B 22:52

Head of the Hooch Sat., Nov. 3, 2007 Chattanooga, Tenn. Championship 8+ 8th A 18:17.2 25th B 19:19.1 26th C 19:22.3 Championship 4+ 10th A 20:35.9 13th B 20:57.7 18th C 21:35.7 Novice 8+ 6th A 8th B

4th C Novice 8+ 1st B 2nd C Novice 4+ 2nd A 3rd C Lightweight 4+ 1st A

18:53.0 18:56.5 19:06.4 20:10.6 20:16.0 18:43.2

UNC Dual Meet Sat., March 8, 2008 Chapel Hill, N.C. Varsity 8+ 1st A 7:13.98 Second Varsity 8+ 1st A 7:34.81 Varsity 4+ 1st A 8:31.55 Novice 8+ 1st A 7:51.22 Novice 4+ 1st A 8:53.71

Drake Dual Meet Sun., March 16, 2008 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Varsity 8+ (1st Race) 1st A 4:57.9 2nd B 5:11.7 Varsity 8+ (2nd Race) 1st A 5:01.9 3rd B 5:21.3 Varsity 4+ (1st Race) 2nd A 4:24.6 Varsity 4+ (2nd Race) 2nd A 4:47.4 Novice 8+ (1st Race) 1st A 5:30.0 2nd B 5:51.1 Novice 8+ (2nd Race) 1st A 5:32.0 2nd B 5:42.6 Novice 4+ 1st A 4:55.7

SMU Dual Meet 20:46.0 21:02.3

Head of the South Regatta Sat., Nov. 10, 2007 Augusta, Ga. Championship 8+ 1st A 16:37.4 3rd C 17:31.5 4th B 17:42.2 Championship 4+ 1st A 18:00.0 2nd B 18:42.0

Sat., March 29, 2008 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Varsity 8+ 1st A 6:58.6 Second Varsity 8+ 2nd A 7:27.7 Varsity/Novice 4+ 1st Novice A 8:21.9 2nd Varsity A 8:25.6 4th Novice B 8:37.2 Novice 8+ 1st A 7:17.9

Creighton Dual Meet Sat., April 5, 2008 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Varsity 8+ 1st A 7:40.0 Second Varsity 8+ 1st A 7:49.0 Varsity 4+, Flight 1 2nd A 8:54.8 Varsity 4+, Flight 2 1st B 8:28.0 3rd C 8:49.1 4th A 9:09.3 Novice 8+ 1st A 7:59.0 Novice 4+ 1st A 9:06.8 3rd B 9:26.9

Murray State Dual Meet Sat., April 12, 2008 Murray, Ky. Varsity 8+ 1st A 6:46.29 Second Varsity 8+ 1st A 7:08.27 Varsity 4+ 2nd A 7:43.31 Novice 8+ 1st A 7:06.79 2nd B 7:22.71

Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships April 19 -20, 2008 Oak Ridge, Tenn. Varsity 8+ 2nd A 6:49.5 Second Varsity 8+ Petite Final 1st A 7:14.50 Varsity 4+ 5th A 8:26.31 Novice 8 + 4th A 7:08.71 Novice 4+ 5th A 8:26.31

Dad Vail College Championships May 9-19, 2008 Philadelphia, Pa. Varsity 8+ Prelims -Heats 1st A 6:36.7 Semifinals-Heats 3rd A 6:30.25

Second Final 4th A 6:46.88 Second Varsity 8+ Prelims-Heats 3rd A 6:49.1 Semifinals-Heats 4th A 6:44.36 Varsity 4+ Prelims-Heats 2nd A 7:45.6 Semifinals-Heats 6th A 7:36.92 Novice 8+ Prelims-Heats 1st A 6:47.6 Semifinals-Heats 2nd A 6:44.68 Grand Final 4th A 6:51.86 Novice 4+ Prelims -Heats 2nd A 7:39.1 Semifinals -Heats 5th A 7:41.6

2008-09 SEASON Chattanooga Head Race Sat., Oct. 11, 2008 Chattanooga, Tenn. Collegiate 8+ 3rd B 17:19.3 4th A 17:27.3 7th C 18:24.6 Collegiate 4+ 3rd C 19:53.8 5th D 19:55.0 9th B 21:23.0 11th A 21:26.0 Double 2nd A 25:36.7

Head of the Charles Regatta Sat., Oct. 18, 2008 Cambridge, Mass. Women’s 8+ 10th A 18:00.96

Hobbs Island Regatta Sat., Oct. 18, 2008 Huntsville, Ala. Novice 8+ 1st A 22:47.10 2nd B 23:15.21

Head of the Tennessee Sat., Oct. 25, 2008 Oak Ridge, Tenn. Collegiate 8+ 3rd A 16:54.31 5th B 18:05.47 Collegiate 4+ 1st A 18:26.78 2nd B 18:31.28 3rd C 19:22.56 Novice 8+ 1st A 18:27.00 4th B 18;45.00

Head of the Hooch Sat., Nov. 1, 2008 Chattanooga, Tenn. Championship 8+ 13th A 17:17.4 19th B 17:58.0 21st C 18:11.1 Championship 4+ 13th B 19:20.7 15th A 19:39.1 Novice 8+ 1st A 18:03.7 14th B 20:27.7 Novice 4+ 2nd B 20:27.7 3rd A 20:35.0

Kansas State Dual Meet Tues., March 17, 2009 Tuscaloosa, Ala. First Varsity 8+ 2nd A 5:40.5 Second Varsity 8+ 1st A 6;21.35 Varsity 4+ 2nd A 7:00.8 3rd B 7:07.7 Novice 8+ 1st A 5:59.6 Novice 4+ 1st A 6:43.2

Tennessee Dual Meet Sat., March 28, 2009 Knoxville, Tenn. Varsity 8+ 2nd A 6:43.3 Second Varsity 8+ 2nd A 6:59.0 First Varsity 4+ 2nd A 7:48.6 Second Varsity 4+ 1st A 8:11.22 Novice 8+ A 6:58.3 1st


UNC/SMU Tri-Meet Sat., April 4, 2009 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Varsity 8+ 1st A 7:23.9 Second Varsity 8+ 1st A 7:52.7 Varsity 4+ 2nd A 9:09.0 3rd B 9:38.8 Novice 8+ 1st A 7:33.0 Novice 4+ 2nd A 9:50.5

Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships April 18 -19, 2009 Oak Ridge, Tenn. Novice 8+ Prelims-Heats 1st A 7:04.00 Grand Final 1st A 7:14.90 Second Varsity 8+ Prelims-Heats 2nd A 7:10.54 Grand Finals 4th A 7:1.50 Varsity 8+ Prelims-Heats 4th A 6:56.73 Petite Final 3rd A 7:09.60 Novice 4+ Prelims-Heats 5th A 9:01.35 Varsity 4+ Prelims-Heats 3rd A 8:09.02 Semifinals 5th A 8:22.53 C-Final 1st A 8:10.20

*Dad Vail College Championships May 8-9, 2009 Philadelphia, Pa. Varsity 8+ Prelims 12th A 4:43.13 Seminfinals 3rd A 6:35.86 Petite Finals 4th A 7:25.95 Novice 8+ Prelims 14th A 5:13.77 Semifinals 3rd A 7:00.10 Second Varsity 8+ Prelims 10th A 5:19.88 Varsity 4+ Prelims 22nd A 5:16.60 Novice 4+ Prelims 38th A 5:57.43 Doubles Prelims 14th A 6:32.05 * Due to inclement weather, prelims were rowed over 1,500-meters and as time trials instead of heats.

South/Central Sprint Championships May 16-17, 2009 Oak Ridge, Tenn. Novice 8+ Prelims 3rd A 6:49.89 Seminfinals 6th A 6:45.70 Petite Finals 6th A 6:43.90 Varsity 8+ Prelims 5th A 6:49.34

Semifinals 4th A 6:33.20 D Finals 1st A 6:33.70 Second Varsity 8+ Prelims 5th A 7:01.50 Semifinals 3rd A 6:48.00 C Final 5th A 6:48.30 Varsity 4+ Prelims 5th A 7:53.27 C Final 4th A 7:31.80

2009-10 SEASON Chattanooga Head Race Sat., Oct. 10, 2009 Chattanooga, Tenn. Collegiate 8+ 2nd A 16:14.50 4th B 16:37.30 5th C 16:58.00 Collegiate 4+ 4th B 18:09.70 5th C 18:19.30 8th A 18:39.3 Collegiate Pairs 1st A 19:55.10 2nd B 16:58.00 Novice 8+ 1st A 17:23.50

Head of the Charles Oct. 17-18, 2009 Cambridge, Mass. Club 8+ 3rd A 17;41.18 Championship 4+ 14th A 20:35.85

Hobbs Island Regatta Sat., Oct. 17, 2009 Huntsville, Ala. *Championship 8+ 1st A 17:12.00 Novice 8+ 4th B 17:35.00 * UA rowed a novice boat in the race

Secret City Regatta Sat., Oct. 31, 2009 Oakridge, Tenn. Varsity 8+ 1st A 17:32.08 2nd B 18:08.38 3rd C 18:30.16 Varsity 4+ 1st A 20:18.83 2nd B 20:26.70 3rd C 21:14.75 Novice 8+ 1st A 20:09.90 2nd B 20:40.24 Novice 4+ 1st A 20:35.70 Varsity Doubles 1st A 22:40.80 2nd B 22:46.30 3rd C 23:07.40

Kansas State Dual Meet March 15, 2010 Tuscaloosa, Ala. Novice 8+ 1st A 5:41.5 3rd B 6:04.4 Third Varsity 8+ 1st A 5:14.6 Second Varsity 8+ 1st A 5:13.7 First Varsity 8+ 1st A 5:26.0 Novice 8+, 2nd Race 1st A 5:17.7 3rd B 5:51.3 Third Varsity 8+, 2nd Race A 1st 5:09.2

Second Varsity 8+, 2nd Race 1st A 5:14.0 First Varsity 8+, 2nd Race 1st A 4:59.7

Clemson Regatta March 20, 2010 Clemson, S.C. First Varsity 8+ 4th A 7:07.62 Second Varsity 8+ 3rd A 7:08.05 Third Varsity 8+ 1st A 7:20.48 First Novice 8+ 2nd A 7:13.92 Second Novice 8+ 1st Alabama 7:40.00

Tennessee & Louisville Double Dual March 27, 2010 Knoxville, Tenn. vs. Tennessee First Varsity 8+ 2nd A Second Varsity 8+ 2nd A First Varsity 4+ 2nd A First Novice 8+ 1st A vs. Louisville First Varsity 8+ 2nd A Second Varsity 8+ 2nd A First Varsity 4+ 2nd A First Novice 8+ 1st A

6:39.4 7:05.8 7:42.9 7:02.1 6:28.9 6:40.6 7:33.5 6:52.4

Oklahoma & Old Dominion Tri-Meet

Central Florida & Miami Tri-meet

South/Central Sprints

April 3, 2010 Tuscaloosa, Ala. First Novice 8+ 1st A First Varsity 8+ 2nd A Second Varsity 8+ 2nd A Second Novice 8+ 1st A Varsity 4+ 1st A 2nd B

May 1, 2010 Winter Park, Fla. First Novice 8+ 1st A Second Varsity 4+ 1st A First Varsity 8+ 2nd A Second Varsity 8+ 2nd A Second Novice 8+ 2nd A First Varsity 4+ 3rd A

May 15-16, 2010 Oak Ridge, Tenn. Novice 8+ Prelims 4th A 7:15.40 Seminfinals 5th A 7:22.18 Petite Finals 3rd A 7:06.19 First Varsity 8+ Prelims 5th A 7:01.24 Semifinals 2nd A 6:53.36 C Finals 4th A 6:45.42 Second Varsity 8+ Prelims 5th A 7:27.79 Semifinals 4th A 7:16.77 D Final 1st A 7:12.10 Varsity 4+ Prelims 4th A 7:55.36 Semifinals 2nd A 8:00.94 C Final 3rd A 7:44.30 Open 4+ Prelims 5th A 8:12.51 Semifinals 4th A 8:5.21 D Final 1st A 8:01.90

7:01.0 6:41.6 7:08.4 7:34.4 7:58.5 8:03.2

Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships April 17-18 Oak Ridge, Tenn. Varsity 4+ Prelims-Heats 1st A 7:39.1 Grand Final 1st A 8:06.10 First Varsity 8+ Prelims-Heats 3rd A 6:40.5 Semi-finals 1st A 6:37.0 Grand Final 6th A 7:03.99 Second Varsity 8+ Prelims-Heats 3rd A 6:51.6 Grand Final 5th A 7:27.97 First Novice 8+ 2nd A 7:20.1 Second Novice 8+ 2nd A 7:34.05

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TIDEHISTORY A Jessica Allaway Katie Allaway Sennie Sennie Al Allen len Amy Allison Cara Allison Bianca Arrington Jessica Autrey

Tuscaloosa, Ala. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Trussville, Truss Tr ussvil ville, le, Al Ala Ala. a. Virginia Beach, Va. Wellington, Fla. Fairfax, Va. Columbus, Miss.

** 2009 N, ‘10 V 2007, 09 V 2010 2010 N 2008 N, ‘09 V ** 2007, ‘08, ‘09 V * 2009 N, ‘10 V ** 2007 N, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10 V

Tampa, Fla. Gloucester, Va. Alpharetta, Ga. Alpharetta, Ga. Birmingham, Ala. Falls Church, Va. Spanish Fort, Ala. Mountain Lakes, N.J. Madison, Miss. Memphis, Tenn.

2010 N * 2009 N, ‘10 V ** 2008 N, ‘09, ‘10 V ** 2008 N, ‘09, ‘10 V 2008 N 2010 N 2007, ‘08 V 2010 N 2009 N 2009 N

Chattanooga, Tenn. Mobile, M bil Ala. Al Chancellor, Ala. Queensbury, N.Y.

** 2008 N, ‘09, ‘10 V 2009 N 2010 N ** 2008 N, ‘09, ‘10 V

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** 2007, ‘08 V ** 2007, ‘08, ‘09 V 2007 N, ‘08 V

D Melissa Danaceau Alyssa Dinberg Alex Dukeman

Atlanta, Ga. Atlanta, Ga. Huntsville, Ala.

2007 N 2008 V 2010 N

Sarah Eadon

Huntsville, Ala.

2010 N

Cordova, Tenn.

** 2007, ‘08 V

F McKenna Frease

G Shannon Gilligan Christine Gossman

Jessica Hearn Amelia Houghton Lauren Hovey Angelica Hughes

I Karen Ishmael Kristen Iverson

Daphne, Ala. Medford, N.J.

2007 N, ‘08 V * 2009 N, ‘10 V

J Jennifer Johnson Rachel Justiss

Andover, Mass. Fairhope, Ala.

2010 N 2007, ‘08 V

K

Flower Mound, Texas Birmingham, Ala.

2007 N 2007 N

H

C Camille Campbell S h Cleveland Sarah Cl l d Tabitha Coleman Chelsea Collins

Auburn, Ala. Huntsville, Ala. Tuscaloosa, Ala.

E

B Kiffy Balchon Erika Baranek Helen Barnes Daniella Barone Kristy Bearden Catherine Beaver Sarah Beaver Paige Boehmcke Chelsea Brunson Lara Bullock

Bryn Crawford Victoria Croy Courtney Crumby

Trussville, Ala. Jacksonville, Fla. Birmingham, Ala. McKenney, Texas

2009 N ** 2008 N, ‘09, ‘10 V ** 2008 N, ‘09, ‘10 V 2010 N

Christine Kapurch Lindsey Kent Rachel Kimbrough Alissa Kranz

Manassas, Va. Cullman, Ala. Huntsville, Ala. West Palm Beach, Fla.

2008 N, ‘09 V 2009 N 2007 V * 2010 V

L Stephanie Lawton Leigh Ann Lazarus Emily LeBeau Sara Leibold Courtney Lewallen Erin Linsin Cristin Liveoak Nikki Lopez Casey LoScudo

Niantic, Conn. Hoover, Ala. Belleville, Ill. Hazel Green, Ala. Birmingham, Ala. Alpharetta, Ga. Madison, Ala. Katy Katy, Texas Madison, Ala.

2010 N ** 2007, ‘08 V 2010 N ** 2008 N, ‘09, ‘10 V 2007 N, ‘08 V 2007 V * 2007 V *** 2007 N N, ‘08, ‘08 08, ‘09, ‘09 09, ‘10 10 V 2009 N


M Allie Manning Jaquelyn Marcinak Christina Christ Chr istina ina Mc McCle McClellan Clella llan n Genna McIlwaine Marley McKenzie Lauren Miller Tacoma Morrissey

S Mobile, Ala. 2007 N Clinton Township, Mich. 2007 N D Daph Daphne, aphne ne, Ala. Alaa. Al 2007 200 7V Adamsville, Ala. * 2007 V Coral Springs, Fla. 2007 V Chattanooga, Tenn. ** 2008 N, ‘09, ‘10 V Cincinnati, Ohio ** 2007 N, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10 V

O Stacey Ogle

Albertville, Ala.

*** 2007 N, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10 V

P Katie Parker Jessica Parker Veronica Parsons Katie Pouncey Caroline Powell

Atlanta, Ga. Roswell, Ga. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Ozark, Ala. Albertville, Ala.

2008 N 2010 N 2007 N, ‘08 V 2007 V 2009 N

R Jennifer Rankin Jamie Ravenna Blake Reed Rachel Roberts

Hoover, Ala. Rutland, Vt. Falls Church, Church Va. Va Birmingham, Ala.

2007 V 2007 N, ‘08 V * 2009 N, N ‘10 10 V 2008 N

Bailey Sanders Kelly Schmidt Jessica Jessic Jes sicaa S Sciv Scivley civley ley Allyson Shumate Mary Elizabeth Sims Laura Skaggs Ebony Smith Katie Smith Sarah Smith Katherine Spohr Brittany Starliper Paige Storey Margaret Strojny Mariah Styer

V Madison, Miss. *** 2007 N, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10 V Birmingham, Ala. 2008 N Hoove Ho Hoover, overr, Ala Ala.. ** ** 2007 2007 N, ‘08, ‘0 08, ‘09 ‘09, 09,, ‘‘10 10 V Vestavia Hills, Ala. 2010 N Birmingham, Ala. 2007 N St. Louis, Mo. ** 2008 N, ‘09, ‘10 V Birmingham, Ala. 2008 N Birmingham, Ala. * 2008 N, ‘09 V New Hope, Ala. 2007 N Edwardsville, Ill. ** 2007 N, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10 V Acworth, Ga. 2009 N Chattanooga, Tenn. * 2009 N, ‘10 V Riverside, Ill. ** 2007, ‘08 V Orlando, Fla. 2010 N

Burke, Va. Somerville, Ala. Chattanooga, Chatta Cha ttanoo nooga ga, Te Tenn Tenn. nn.

* 2009 N, ‘10 V * 2009 N, ‘10 V 2008 20 08 N, ‘09 09 V

W Leigh Erin Waddell Allie Wetteland Audrey White Cathryn Whitlock Sarita Williams Kendall Williamson Veronica Wilson Sarah Witt

Kennett, Mo. Tallahassee, Fla. Huntsville, Ala. Birmingham, Ala. Katy, Texas Birmingham, Ala. Park Ridge, Ill. Lexington, Ky.

** 2009, ‘10 V 2009 N * 2009 N, ‘10 ** 2007, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10 V 2007 N 2010 N * 2009 N, ‘10 V *** 2007 N, ‘08, ‘09, ‘10 V

Y

T Leigh Ann Terch Kathryn Tippey Kayleigh Travis Catherine Tucker Katherine Tuebner

Valerie Vargas Stephanie Varner Mary Mar y Vlasis Vlasis Vlas is

Birmingham, Ala. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Mobile, Ala. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Long Beach, Calif.

* 2009 N, ‘10 V * 2007, ‘08, ‘09 V 2010 N 2007 N 2010 N

Devon Young Shanna Young

Murrayville, Ga. Falkville, Ala.

2010 N 2008 N

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It is one of the best practice and competitive courses in the nation, giving the University of Alabama’s young rowing team an immediate boost. The Black Warrior River, where the Crimson Tide practices and competes, has high banks, long, protected straightaways, and minimal current which makes it a rower’s dream. The Tide also benefits from having the river largely to itself. Alabama is also fortunate that the river is dotted with prime viewing areas for dual meets and regattas, including The Park at Manderson Landing, which sits near the finish line of most Tide’ss home events. With its multi-tiered slope down to of the Tide

the edge of the river, the park is a natural ‘stadium’ for cheering on the Crimson Tide. Already endowed with one of the nation’s top competition and practice venues in the Black Warrior River, plans are underway to build a state-of-the-art boathouse for the University of Alabama Rowing program that will encompass everything the Tide needs to continue to move up through the ranks of collegiate rowing. Another step toward that new facility was taken when the land for the new boathouse was acquired last year.

When completed, the planned boathouse is projected to include a walking bridge that will connect the facility to campus, as well as space for a restaurant, multiple bays for the Tide’s shells, as well as locker room, meetings spaces and coaches’ offices. The new boathouse will combine with the Tide’s already stellar athletic training, strength and conditioning and academic facilities in providing Alabama rowers with the best of all things.

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