Thursday, September 28, 2006

More Racing This Weekend

The Head of the Oklahoma Centennial Regatta is running a light four event and Creighton, Oklahoma City University, and Tulsa are all entered. These schools also have eights entered so there could be some undesignated light eights racing as well. As we know, Tulsa is developing a lightweight program so it's great to see them with competition. Creighton and OCU frequently race lightweights so perhaps a competitive lightweight community will begin forming in the mid-south. This regatta is growing and is beginning to make a name for itself in the rowing community. With an unusual format of head racing combined with 500 meter sprints, plus night racing, it should be a lot of fun to race. It's great to see rowing building where it hasn't been before (and holding lightweight races!).

The Textile River Regatta is also running a light four event with Brandeis, UMass, and two MIT boats entered (along with a CRI boat). There is also a light eight event but it looks like all the entries are juniors so, with MIT attending, it's likely that there is at least one light eight in an open event.

There is also a light four event at the Tail of the Fox, with Lawrence, Marquette, and Northern Michigan entered (along with a club crew).


Anonymous said...

MIT could not race the light eight because juniors are in the race. New NCAA legislation prohibits collegiate crews from being in the same race as any boat that has even one high school student in it (unless it is the junior national team). It's considered an unfair recruiting advantage.

The Head of the Charles has modified entry rules to adapt to this change.

JW Burk said...

Right, good point. I forgot about that rule here. The HOCR made this quite clear in its entry materials.