Alabama rowing kicked off the 2019-2020 season with a strong weekend in Oklahoma City.

The first day at the Head of the Oklahoma saw the Crimson Tide finish with five top-five finishes, including a gold medal from <a href=”″>Jordan Bradburne</a>, <a href=”″>Lily Butler</a>, <a href=”″>Emma Ewell</a>, <a href=”″>Justine Hobbs</a>, and <a href=”″>Rachael Tullis</a> in the Women’s Collegiate Novice/Frosh 4+.

“It was a good opening to the season,” head coach <a href=””>Glenn Putyraye</a> said. “It was fun to race and see what we are doing well and see the things we can improve. We can see the progress we are making in the results.”

Alabama racked up five medals, including two gold, two silver, and a bronze on the final day.

“We were pleased with the performance of our small boats,” Putyrae said. “The course is challenging for blind boats and all crews were able to negotiate the bridges without incident. The rowers did a great job, had fun and earned some good results.”

Junior <a href=”″>Darcy Jennings</a> placed first in the Women’s Collegiate 1x, followed by Hobbs in second. This finish comes after the program’s first time competing in a singles event.

Alabama concluded the day with a grand sweep of the Women’s Open 2-. Seniors <a href=”″>Peyton Cowell</a> and <a href=”″>Hailey Higgins</a> won gold, followed by seniors <a href=”″>Gabrielle Krieger</a> and <a href=”″>Rebekah Stewart</a> taking silver. Bradburne and junior <a href=”″>Ilaria Earl</a> secured bronze.

The Tide will be back in action on Nov. 2-3, heading to Chattanooga, Tenn to compete in the Head of the Hooch.

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