Ranking The Programs: #15

Ranking The Programs: #15

Women's rowing narrowly avoided the bottom spot in our ranking of West Virginia's athletic programs, coming in at #15 overall.

There wasn't a great deal of differentiation between the bottom two programs in our rankings, but women's rowing, due to a decent program start and at least a few good results, managed to stay our of the ratings cellar in our ranking of WVU's athletics programs.

Added as one of the more cost-efficient options to meet the demands of Title IX, the rowing program got off to a very good start at the dawn of the century, but has since fallen on tougher times. While rowing isn't on the radar of high school sports in the state, the Mountaineers are reasonably close to some areas with quality crew, so the potential to get back to the levels achieved in the early days of the program is there.

WOMEN'S ROWING
PROGRAM
VOTER
RANKING
POINTS
W ROWING
Greg
15th
2
W ROWING
Matt
15th
2
W ROWING
Michael
16th
1
W ROWING
Kevin
15th
2

Greg Hunter: (15th) Fair or unfair, West Virginia's women's rowing team gets less attention than any other intercollegiate athletic program at WVU. After some initial success in the program's first season of varsity competition (2000-01), when its Varsity 4 boat won the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta to earn an invite to the Henley Regatta in England, WVU hasn't been able to duplicate that level of accomplishment. The Mountaineers have an odd conference mix, as they actually compete in two leagues. It is one of five women's programs in the Big 12. It was fifth in the Big 12 championships this past year after finishing fourth the year before. It also competes as a member of the 11-team Conference USA, where it finished sixth in 2013 and 10th in 2014. It does have a nice boathouse from which to practice on the Monongahela River, but that waterway isn't conducive to competitive meets, so WVU faces a schedule exclusively filled with road trips.

Matt Keller: (15th) Rowing was last in the Big 12 championships and turned in consistently disappointing results to finish second from the bottom.

Michael Carvelli: (16th) The Mountaineer rowing team made some strides this season, but as a whole it is still struggling a bit under Jimmy King. West Virginia did make some big improvements after its last meet in the Conference USA championships, even though it finished in 10th place. While King admitted that the season was frustrating at times, he believes the program will be better for it in the future.

Kevin Kinder: (15th) Using a boathouse away from campus and facing lengthy trips to most regattas and match races, women's rowing faces something of an uphill battle. In the early days of the program, it showed it had the ability to compete regionally, but over the past couple of years, results have steadily dropped off. A full boathouse, with erg machines, office space and the like, is one of many proposed WVU facility enhancements, but the lack of fan interest and a number of other projects could keep any serious investment low on West Virginia's list of priorities. That, in turn, will serve as a big hurdle for future improvement.

WVU ATHLETIC PROGRAM RANKINGS
PROGRAM
RANKINGS
POINTS
SCORE
W ROWING
15/15/16/15
7
1.75
W TENNIS
16/16/15/16
5
1.25

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