The West Virginia University rowing team will play host to Dayton, Saturday, on the Monongahela River in Star City.
Crews from both teams will launch from the Mountaineer boathouse, located at the corner of Clay St. and Donley St. immediately below the Wharf Restaurant, at 9 a.m., and row to the racing site, which will be located alongside Edith Barill Park in Star City.
Racing will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at approximately 11:30 a.m., at which point the crews will row back to the Mountaineer boathouse.
The races will alternate direction so that spectators will be able to see the start and end of two races.
"We're excited to host the University of Dayton, who has become a great rival for us over the past several years," says coach Jimmy King. "We've enjoyed some close racing recently, including last weekend, and we expect more of the same this Saturday."
The teams have developed a regional rivalry over the years, having raced against each other numerous times in the past. Dayton has competed twice in Morgantown, while the Mountaineers have raced once at Dayton's venue in addition to meetings at other regattas.
Last weekend at the Knecht Cup, the teams met in the semifinals of the varsity eight event, with Dayton (6:43.28) just edging past the Mountaineers (6:44.70).
The most recent meeting between the two teams in Morgantown occurred in April 2009, when West Virginia played host to Dayton, Duquesne and George Washington in just its third home spring race in program history.
The Mountaineers split races evenly with Dayton at that event, defeating the Flyers in both the varsity four and novice eight events while falling to the Flyers in the varsity eight and novice four events.
West Virginia has four entries in Saturday's race, with one boat set to compete in the varsity eight event, one boat in the second varsity eight event, one boat in the varsity four event and one boat in the second varsity four event.
Racing will take place in a 1,500-meter format instead of the 2,000-meter format typically used at spring events.
"Dayton's Coach Wenker and I decided upon the 1,500-meter racing format in order to provide both of our programs maximum value from this weekend's competition as we continue preparing our teams for the upcoming championship races," King says.
Parking for the Mountaineer boathouse is available in the parking garage at One Waterfront Place across from the Waterfront Place Hotel; spectators at Edith Barill Park are asked to park on the street and not at the river access lot. People who require special assistance can be dropped off and picked up at the river access lot for easier access to the spectator area alongside the riverbank.