The varsity team, coached by Erika Baranek, had several successful entries. The first Varsity 4+, rowed by a crew of Raymund Bareuther, Erik Glynn, Clay Turner, Taylor Linville, and coxswain Sarah Axley finished first after starting second and walking away from competitor Tulane. The second Varsity 4+, consisting of Tom Ostby, Landon Mueller, Guy Able, Turner McCabe, and coxswain Tyler Bartlett, also had a great race, passing UTC for a second place finish just thirty seconds behind the first Varsity 4+.
The Varsity 8+, consisting of Raymund Bareuther, Erik Glynn, Clay Turner, Taylor Linville, Jason Grenier, Scott Burdick, John Canada, Kyle Nikonchuk, and coxswain Sarah Axley finally got their chance to shine after a devastating end to their race last weekend. They started first and quickly outpaced their competition to win first place over Tulane, Virginia Tech, and UTC.
The Varsity pairs had two successful finishes, with Justin Tarbox and Sascha Plante coming in first place over competitor Murray State and Reed Phillips and Kevin McDermott earning a bronze medal just 22 seconds behind Murray State.
The novice team, coached by Leigh Ann Lazarus, Daniela Sunrasa, Audrey White, and Sydney Sutton, also had a successful day at Melton Hill Lake. The Novice 4+, rowed by Connor Graham, Ethan Chavers, Jaron Nix, Garland Rodriguez, and coxswain Morgan Schlager came in third place, forty-five seconds ahead of fourth place finisher Virginia Tech. Novice coxswain Jamie Woodham jumped into a Georgia State mixed masters’ 4+ at the last minute to cox them to a first place finish in their race.
The Novice 8+’s had a great afternoon of racing as well. The first Novice 8+, with a crew of Joshua Yarbrough, Tom Nordquist, Ben McGowan, Kyle Stephens, Tony Wente, Justin Hanneman, Connor, Mitchell Greist, Connor Buckley, and coxswain Jennifer Christie came in first by thirty-four seconds over Murrey State. The second novice eight, consisting of Charlie Murphy, Cam Lilly, Aaron Reynolds, Thomas King, Joseph Ewing, Avery Thomas, Tyler Gester, Sam Smith, and coxswain Emily Oulton edged out competitor UTC by three seconds to finish in third place.
It was a nippy afternoon for coxswains Jennifer Christie and Sarah Axley as they were thrown off the dock into the cold water by their gold-winning boats in sixty-degree weather, as well as for winning varsity pair Justin Tarbox and Sascha Plant as they voluntarily jumped in. However, they weren’t the only ones to meet a chilly fate. Varsity coach Erika Baranek was ambushed by her varsity rowers and launched into the lake in celebration for gold medal finishes in every varsity event.
The sheer number of medals brought home by Alabama Crew this weekend had some members jokingly questioning whether it was legal to bring so much metal over state lines. All crews are looking forward to showing off their skills with some great competition at the Head of the Hooch this coming weekend.