Friday, May 27, 2011

NCAA Semis and Finals Coverage via Rowing News

Check out the Rowing News Twitter feed (@RowingNews) this weekend for live updates and coverage of the NCAA Championships, as Bryan teams up with RowingNews.com to bring you coverage from the event. Also, check out the RR Facebook page for updates from Munich and other articles covering the World Cup, which began earlier today with time trials and heats in several events. The team to watch is Great Britain, with a total of 23 entries (all of which are still in contention following today's racing) – gearing up in earnest for this summer's World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia (August 28 through September 4, 2011). The GB squad will look to make a statement about London, 2012 this summer in the final cycle before the Olympic year begins.

In light of the success of the GB squad at the previous World Championship Regatta in Karapiro, as well as their solid outlook for the rowing season in 2011, we caught up with Olympic Champion Mark Hunter of the GB Lightweight men's double sculls – interview upcoming here on RowingRelated.

Also on tap – ACRAs in Gainesville, GA, featuring the top teams in US men's collegiate club rowing. The race for the top spot in the men's varsity eight will be a close one, with favorites Michigan – a determined, young group with a great deal of talent, led by Gregg Hartsuff – taking on a very strong squad from UVa under head coach Frank Biller. In the 2V, UVa will enter as the favorite, having just bested Michigan at Aberdeen Dad Vails in Philadelphia. Virginia has been making steady improvements all season, and we expect a solid performance from them in their final race prior to Henley Royal Regatta, which they will attend later this summer. Following ACRAs, look for an RR interview with UVa's Matt Miller, who won the Mid-Atlantic Erg Sprints with a 5:54 performance in January of this year.

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