Rowing claims seven varsity wins on second day of Longhorn Invitational
March 17, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Rowing team won seven of eight varsity races to complete a dominant double-session showing on Saturday of the Longhorn Invitational on Lady Bird Lake.
In two days of racing, the Longhorns have now won 16 of a possible 17 races during their home-hosted meet. Saturday provided rowers with a test of climate, as the calm but muggy morning session gave way to a humid and gusty afternoon. Crews were racing into a headwind all afternoon.
The first varsity eight set the tone for the day, defeating Central Florida in the morning session and San Diego in the afternoon. Coxswain Megan Kelly, Hannah Moon, Laurel McCaig, Olivia Nail, Jessica Glennie, Jacqueline Gorcyca, Casey Redman, Devon Clark and Felicia Izaguirre-Wernerfinished in 7:07.5 to easily win over UCF, which finished in 7:15.4. Later that afternoon, the first varsity eight finished the 2K course in 7:32.1, while San Diego crossed the line in 7:42.0.
The second varsity four established some momentum for the Longhorns, winning the day's very first race by nearly five seconds over Central Florida. Coxswain Kat Tong, Abbey Wilkowski, Shari Singh, Jillian Byron and Emily Jonesfinished the 2K race in 7:53.2, with the Black Knights crossing the line in 7:58.0. The same crew, however, raced San Diego in a much-windier afternoon session, and the Longhorns came in second. UT finished in 8:59.3, while San Diego won the race at 8:55.1
The first varsity four with coxswain Kassandra Budzik, Lyndsey DuBose, Tea Vrtlar, Taylor Parker and Sarah Pedersenwon a close race against UCF in the morning session. UT won with a time of 8:04.3, two seconds in front of UCF at 8:06.3. In the afternoon session, UT's first varsity four crew also claimed victory. Texas won in 8:40.8, while San Diego finished in 9:07.4
The second varsity eight of coxswain Rachel Donnelly, Brenna Coldren, Chelsea Burns, Melanie Eckert, Kim Gorcyca, Katarina Susac, Courtney Nicklas, Katie Trovato and Karli Sheahanpropelled to a morning win over Central Florida with a time of 7:19.1. UCF finished in 7:38.4. UT's second varsity eight boat also defeated San Diego in the afternoon session, 7:44.8 to 8:08.5.
The first novice eight, with coxswain Stephanie Bickford, Taylar Williams, Sky Gilmour, Sara Walton, Lauren Barlow, Alex Buck, Amy Gross, Kara Turner and Christine Young, won over UCF, 7:31.6 to 7:57.9.
The third novice eight crew of coxswain Erin Dooley, Jessica Williams, Angela Bumstead, Whitney Glick, Hannah Ritchie, Jenna Shorter, Sarah Ott, Alline Kane and Caroline Beltran defeated Oklahoma, 7:39.0 to 7:46.0. The third novice crew also won their afternoon race against the Sooners with a time of 8:09.8 to OU's 8:38.0.
The fourth novice eights, comprised of coxswain Caitlin Mantooth, Sam Jackson, Julia Colman, Lauren Deschner, Kim Magnus, Angela Harris, Edima Essien, Erissa Hinshaw and Madeline Stalheber, lost by just 0.6 seconds to OU (7:49.7 to 7:50.3).
The first novice four crew of coxswain Stephanie Bickford, Taylar Williams, Sky Gilmour, Kara Turner and Lauren Barlow clawed back in the final 500 meters to earn a five-second victory over Kansas State (8:41.6 to 8:46.0) in the morning.
Bickford then led a different novice four of Sara Walton, Christine Young, Alex Buck and Amy Gross to an afternoon victory against the Wildcats. UT finished in 8:47.7, while Kansas State crossed the line in 9:24.3.
The first novice eight of coxswain Kenna Harris, Heather Leighton, Katie Ogg, Jazmin Smith, Sarita Scott, Nicole Kruijs, Lauren Moberg, Brenda Morlan-Villafuerte and Lucia Mueller dropped a race to Kansas State (7:44.5 to 7:38.6). The first novice crew had a rematch of their earlier race in the afternoon, and fell again to the Wildcats (7:57.3 to 7:54.6).
The Longhorns wrap up the three-day Longhorn Invitational with a morning session on Sunday, March 18. The first race is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.