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UNC rowing finishes in 12th place at Lake Wheeler Invitational

The UNC women's rowing team practices on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.

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.

What happened?

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.

Why does it matter?

Even though they did not finish as one of the top teams in the competition, their effort is essential for continued improvement in the program. A sport as challenging as rowing is a sport that necessitates a tremendous amount of fight and competitive energy, which is something that the Tar Heels definitively showed that they have over the course of the two-day event. 

North Carolina has a lot of reason to hope for great things in the competitions to come if they continue to keep up the solid performances like the one they had this weekend. If they continue to get consistently great performances from all of their squads, they could see better results in the future.

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels will compete next in the ACC Rowing Championships on the weekend of May 13-14.

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