The North Carolina Tar Heel’s women’s rowing team competed in the Lake Wheeler Invitational on Saturday afternoon, finishing in 12th place out of the 17 teams that participated.
North Carolina’s 3v8 crew got the team off to a good start, finishing in fifth place to begin the day. This performance was followed by a strong effort from the 1v4 squad, but they also ended up falling to fifth place.
The 2v8 team also finished in fifth, but a strong push from the 1v8 team led the Tar Heels to a fourth-place finish over Kansas. Although the Tar Heels may not have quite gotten the performance they were hoping for, their strong effort on the last day of the competition surely gave them a strong boost in confidence as they prepare for the ACC Rowing Championships.
Who stood out?
While every squad had strong performances during Saturday’s competitions, the 1v8 crew’s extra push to finish in fourth was the brightest moment of the day. Their effort exemplifies what North Carolina’s rowing program hopes to establish on a consistent basis as they move forward into the summer.
The Tar Heels worked hard and showed a full concerted effort throughout the invitational, even despite their overall finish in the event.
When was it decided?
The match had essentially been decided when the Tar Heels were not quite able to pull ahead of the competition the likes of Syracuse, Duke, and Penn, who finished in the top three. Each UNC squad put out a consistent effort for each and every race, hinting at the program's potential.