Young Lion Squad Makes Strides at Parker Cup
The young LMU men's rowing team continued to show growth in its second competition of the 2013 spring season, racing in a trio of events at the Parker Cup Saturday.
March 18, 2013
MISSION BAY, Calif. - The young LMU men's rowing team continued to show growth in its second competition of the 2013 spring season, racing in a trio of events at the Parker Cup Saturday.
The Lions' lightweight eight battled a veteran San Diego State crew through the first 1,000 meters of the course but could not hold on down the stretch as the Aztecs finished in 6:16.0 followed by LMU in 6:23.5.
"When the crucial moment came after the 1,000, we lacked the experience, the confidence and the determination to fight back when SDSU made their move," said LMU men's head coach Peter Mallory. "That is disappointing, but such qualities are only earned through hard work and getting out there and racing, and that is precisely what we will be doing over the next month. We will see this same SDSU boat again in three weeks at the San Diego Crew Classic."
In the varsity eight, the Lions gained huge ground against a UC Irvine squad that finished more than a minute ahead during the fall. the Anteaters won the race in 5:52.7, LMU was second in 6:07.2 and SDSU followed in third (6:19.8).
With a young and small squad spread thin with the three races, LMU finished third (6:32.1) to SDSU (5:50.15 and UCI (6:01.3) in the novice eight.
"All in all, (Saturday) was another valuable step towards establishing permanent respectability for LMU men's rowing," said Mallory. "The team showed excellent sportsmanship in sincerely congratulating their worthy opponents as they handed over their shirts won fair and square by fine crews."
The men's squad returns to action April 6-7 as both Lion teams compete in the San Diego Crew Classic.