MacIntosh has just the right stroke for UT
When discussing the top female student-athletes at The University of Texas, only the most learned Longhorns' sports fan likely would mention Courtney MacIntosh.
And if you found yourself just now in a somewhat bewildered state at the mention of her name, please know that you aren't alone.
MacIntosh of St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, will not be found on the diamond, the basketball or volleyball court, the tennis court, the golf course, the pool, the track or the pitch.
Although, the 5-foot-11 senior did play basketball and rugby all four years at Holly High School and was a finalist for Newfoundland Female Athlete of the Year in 2002.
You'll find MacIntosh at Town Lake with her teammates on Coach Carie Graves' Texas Rowing squad.
MacIntosh's position is port and she is one of the standouts of the team that began April spending the weekend competing in the San Diego Crew Classic.
A trip to Boston to vie against Boston University and Brown highlight the middle of April before the Big 12 Invitational in Kansas City, Kansas, to close the month.
MacIntosh already has enjoyed successes in singles and has helped the team to successes, too.
As March wound down, Texas celebrated the three-day Longhorn Invitational by taking two of three races against Duke and splitting a pair against with No. 8 Wisconsin. UT closed its invitational by defeating Miami.
"It has been a good year so far," said MacIntosh, a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2004-05. She is the recipient of the UT Women's Athletics Juanita and Travis Porter Endowed Scholarship.
"We've worked really hard in training, going back to the fall," MacIntosh said. "Then we each made sure we put work in during the Christmas break."
MacIntosh came to Texas after spending the start of her collegiate career at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She was Newfoundland's Rowing Athlete of the Year in 2002.
Last spring, she played a key role in helping Texas capture the Big 12 Invitational.
Now, had you suggested to her five years ago that she'd be in Austin, having never ventured to Texas prior to coming to school here, MacIntosh would have laughed.
"Texas is a pretty far way to come from Canada," she said.
MacIntosh looked at Michigan State, Michigan and Iowa.
"Then, I came to Austin and fell in love," she said. "I fell in love with the school, the town and the weather.
"What Coach Graves is doing with rowing and the academics of university made it an easy choice."
When she leaves UT, MacIntosh will try to earn a spot on the Canadian National Rowing Team.
But before then?
"I feel good about our team," MacIntosh said, "and what we have accomplished so far."