WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 18, 2018) – The setting on Lake Maitland could not have been better for the final home regatta of the spring season with sunny skies, no wind and flat water. Unfortunately for Rollins, the results didn't match the conditions as the Tars fell to the University of Florida in each of the five races.
"We did not show what we are truly capable of today," commented Rollins head coach Shawn Pistor. "No excuses, it just did not happen for us today against Florida.
The closest finishes of the day were in the 2nd Varsity 8 and the Novice 4. The Tars were two seconds off the pace in the Eight (Alyssa Rabade, Mitchell Laughlin, Connor Stolp, Michael Pakuris, Enzo Romano, Cameron Boyd, Robinson Koger, Landon Higginbotham) while the Novice 4 (Higginbotham, Romano, Pakuris, Stolp, Koger) was just under five seconds behind the Gators.
In each of the events, UF got off the line ahead of the Rollins and never walked away, but the Tars could not make up the deficit.
Rollins next travels to the John Hunter Regatta in Gainesville, Georgia March 24. The venue on Lake Lanier is where the rowing for the 1996 Olympics was held. The Tars entered in the Varsity and Novice 4 and each event has 20+ entries.
"The men are excited to see the increased competition and to show teams and themselves their true speed," added Pistor.