Morgan Grimm, a WVU freshman rower, passed away due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident Saturday, according to a statement from the WVU Athletic Department.

The West Virginia University rowing team has wrapped up a short 2015 fall season that showed a lot of promise, but left a lot of questions unanswered for head coach Jimmy King.

The reason for the team going unnoticed is a high percentage of students on the campus are uneducated in the sport of rowing. The more popular sports such as football and basketball sometimes overshadow the hard work the rowing team goes through.

WVU had a short period of time off before its novice team took on a tough matchup Saturday morning. The team took advantage of their opportunities and made an immediate impact. 

If you went back four years ago and asked the West Virginia University campus what they knew about WVU’s rowing team, the overwhelming answer would likely be that they did not know WVU even had a rowing team.

The rainy weather didn’t slow down the West Virginia University women’s rowing team for its fall season opener on Saturday morning at the Head of Ohio in Pittsburgh. 

Heading into the fall-opener Saturday, it’s all about progress for West Virginia University head coach Jimmy King and the WVU rowing team.

The West Virginia women’s rowing team will finish off its 2014-15 regular season schedule Sunday, May 3 in Cherry Hill, N.J., where they will compete in the EAWRC Sprints. The Regatta will be contested between 13 schools, including WVU. This will be a one-day event consisting of heats in the morning and finals in the afternoon.

Mindy Sharon’s family currently resides near the starting line of the Boston Marathon. That starting line is a piece of sports history, where almost every person who pays the least amount of attention to sports or national news will recognize after the Boston bombings in April 2013.

The West Virginia women’s rowing team held a scrimmage on the Monongahela River with Duquesne this past weekend, where no team scores were kept. The usual formats were altered and the lineups were interchanged in an effort to enhance the Mountaineers’ work ethic in preparation for the competitive season later this month, which includes the EAWRC Sprints and the Big 12 Championships.

The West Virginia rowing team competed in the two-day Knecht Cup Regatta this past weekend in West Windsor Township, N.J. Although the team didn’t come up with as many top finishes as they hoped for, the women’s Second Varsity Eight boat won the Petite Final on Sunday afternoon, claiming a gold medal and West Virginia’s only first-place finish at the competition.

The WVU women’s rowing team will head to West Windsor Township, N.J., Saturday to compete in the two-day Knecht Cup Regatta. The event will take place on Mercer Lake which will play host to over 70 schools across the country including DI, DII and DIII level competition.

The West Virginia University women’s rowing team has been remotely successful for the past seven seasons at the hand of experienced rowing coach and Baltimore, Md., native Jimmy King.

The West Virginia women’s rowing team will head to Bloomington, Ind., for its second competition of the spring slate this Saturday. The Mountaineers spent March 21-27 training on Lake Lure in North Carolina in preparation for the next few races. From there, they traveled to Washington, D.C., where the Georgetown Hoyas hosted West Virginia and North Carolina. 

Rowing is just another sport that gets mediocre attention at West Virginia University. For most college students, knowledge of football and basketball usually comes as second-nature at a Division I school where teams compete at the highest level in the Big 12. For some of the sports with less media coverage and fan support such as gymnastics, rifle or rowing, unless one of these are their respective favorites, most sports fans have little to no clue how these sports work. 

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