The Stetson Rowing Team is looking forward to getting its racing season underway on Lake Beresford on Saturday, March 8th. The team will be racing Temple and High Point University on the men’s side and High Point on the women’s side.
Both of the competitors have been training in DeLand for the past week and are also anxious to get the racing season started. High Point is a Division I program that began as a varsity program two years ago and Temple from Philadelphia is a storied program with many national titles and international experience. Temple’s program was announced to be cut from the school in December but was reinstated in February after much outside pressure on the university. The Hatters are happy to host both of these teams at their Lake Beresford Training Facility.
Racing will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the Men’s 4’s and be followed by Women’s 8’s, Men’s 2-‘s and Women’s 4’s. The racing is being conducted on a 2000m course in Lake Beresford with the finish line directly in front of the boathouse property. Fans and supporters are encouraged to view from the site located at 2636 Alhambra Ave., DeLand.
Spring training began for the Hatters on Monday afternoon and has gone well with rowing and off water conditioning multiple times a day. Coaches Mark Wilson and James Dietz are both very pleased with the progress of the Men’s and Women’s programs.
"I have not seen this women’s group row so well since I began in 2012," Wilson said. “I am thrilled to have the boats coming together and it will be a fun season to see the continued progression of speed and teamwork that has begun this week. Each day we have been moving athletes to different seats and different boats to keep them fresh and to keep the excitement on the water, everyone wants to be in the fastest boat so if they keep switching both boats get faster, it is fun to see the team working together.
“The Men’s team is small with only four rowers and one coxswain but we will race as a Varsity 4+, two Pairs, two Singles and as a Double, so even though the team is small we will cover as many events as possible moving forward,” Wilson said.
The Hatters will be in training mode again next week with the next race coming on Saturday March 15th vs. Wesleyan University.